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Don’t Leave Us Hanging: Shelves and Pictures 101

Celina Tenant Hanging Artwork in Their New HomeAny time you’re hanging shelves and pictures in your Celina rental home, it is crucial to do so as safely as possible. Household accidents and falls result in over 30 million doctor’s office and emergency room visits each year. To avoid injury, really understanding and keeping to proper safety guidelines, is very critical.

The very first thing you need to know to when it comes to hanging shelves and pictures safely is to take the time to do the job correctly. Properly installed shelves can last for years, but, sadly, a job that has been rushed could make your shelves both ugly and dangerous. So before you get going, you would need to know where you want to place the shelves or pictures and then gather the proper tools and materials.

Multiple homes have drywall for their interior walls, which is not strong enough to hold heavy objects. To hang shelves and large pictures, you need to anchor them to the wooden studs in your walls. To find them easily, you have to use a stud finder. It is vital to place shelf supports and picture hangers on wooden studs to keep the shelves and pictures from falling, likely ruining walls and floors and possibly even hurting someone.

Thereupon, 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. In case you are hanging shelves at a height that would require a ladder, make certain to administer 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. When done terribly, the result would seem out of balance or unprofessional. As a rule of thumb, the center of a framed picture should be located approximately 57 inches above the floor (this is eye level for the average person). Measure and mark the placement of each picture properly in preparation before going onto the next step.

Afterwards, you then 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 a smart idea to overestimate the weight, just to be safe. To place screws, anchors, and brackets in the studs and walls, you may need a drill driver or other power tool.

Make an effort to educate yourself on the proper use of your drill driver before attempting to use it for the first time. In case you want to hang shelves or pictures on a brick or concrete wall, that would require a masonry bit and plastic anchors to install the screws required to hold the shelf or picture in place. When you are all ready to install the shelf or picture, have in mind asking for someone to be there to help lift and steady things. Also, a second opinion on your placement and measurements never hurts, either.

If screws, drills, and power tools are not something you are truly comfortable with, pictures can also be secured to the walls by other methods such as double-sided adhesives. Remember, some adhesives may be permanent or removable, so always remember to choose the one that best fits your needs and even wants.

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

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