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Don’t Leave Us Hanging: Shelves and Pictures 101

Williston Tenant Hanging Artwork in Their New HomeWhen hanging shelves and pictures in your Williston rental home, it is crucial to do so as safely as you can. Household accidents and falls result in over 30 million doctor’s office and emergency room visits each year. To avoid injury, it is important that you know and obeys the proper safety guidelines.

One of the most important things to remember when hanging shelves and pictures safely is to take the time to do the job correctly. To avoid having shelves that are both ugly and dangerous, make sure to take time installing it.  Properly installed shelves can last for years. Before starting, you will need to know where you want to place the shelves or pictures.  After that, you have to gather the proper tools and materials.

Is your home one of those that have drywall for their interior walls? If so, do note that this is not strong enough to hold heavy objects. To hang shelves and large pictures, you will need to anchor them to the wooden studs in your walls. You will need a stud finder to find these studs. To avoid damaging walls and floors and perhaps even injuring someone, it is important to place shelf supports and picture hangers on wooden studs to keep the shelves and pictures from falling.

Now you can plan out the placement of your shelves and pictures. Use a measuring tape, pencil, and a level to ensure that your installation will result in proper placement. Hanging shelves at a height that would require a ladder will also require you to use proper safety precautions. Ladders alone injure more people than any other household accident.

For pictures, the height at which you hang your pictures is critical. If not done correctly, the result might look out of balance or unprofessional. As a general rule, the center of a framed picture should be located approximately 57 inches above the floor (this is eye level for the average person). Before you go to the next step, carefully measure and mark the placement of each picture.

Next, you have to determine what type of screws, anchors, and brackets you will need to support the item’s weight. For shelves, be sure to include the weight of the objects that will be stored there. It is fine to overestimate the weight, just to be safe. You might need a drill driver or other power tool for you to place screws, anchors, and brackets in the studs and walls.

Ensure that you have educated yourself on the proper use of your drill driver before attempting to use it for the first time. Should you need to hang shelves or pictures on a brick or concrete wall, that might require a masonry bit and plastic anchors to install the screws required to hold the shelf or picture in place. Consider having someone around to help lift and steady things when you’re ready to install the shelf or picture. Asking for a friend’s opinion on your placement and measurements never hurts, either.

If you are not comfortable around screws, drills, and power tools, pictures can also be secured to the walls by other methods such as double-sided adhesives. Choose the adhesive that best meets your needs.  Remember, some adhesives may be permanent or removable.

By taking a few precautions and choosing the right tools, you can start hanging shelves and pictures on the walls of your Williston rental home in no time.

Need a new rental home to hang your art?  Review our current selection of rental listings and give Real Property Management Sterling a call at 802-861-6468. Our Williston property managers would be glad to assist you.

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