Hanging a Picture Using Drywall Anchors in 4 Steps

What You'll Need
Drywall anchors
Picture frame
Drill (hand held or power drill)
Tape measure

Hanging a picture using drywall anchors does not require any professional assistance. As a matter of fact, it will only set you back a few minutes of your time to be able to do this task properly.

Step 1 - Marking the Position on the Wall

Determine where you want to place your picture on the wall. You also need to determine where you want to place the anchors on the frame. A single drywall anchor will suffice. However, if you want to put 2 anchors on the frame, measure the distance on the frame and then measure the wall to mark it.

Step 2 - Drilling a Hole

Use a bit that is a little smaller in size than the closed end of the drywall anchor to drill a hole on the marked spots. Make sure the hole is on the center of the marked spot. After drilling, clean the area from dust particles.

Step 3 - Fitting the Plastic Sleeve

Insert the plastic sleeve of the anchor into the hole. You may need to use a rubber mallet to slightly tap the sleeve for it to fit snugly onto the hole.

Step 4 - Installing the Drywall Anchors

Put the screw into the sleeve. You may need to use a screwdriver to tighten the screw into the plastic sleeve of the drywall anchor. Allow a maximum of ¼ inch space from the wall where you can hang the picture. Hang your picture and use the level to check if it is straight.


Generally, a picture frame that weighs 15 lbs. or less can be supported using plastic anchors or metal threaded drywall anchors. If the object is more than 6lbs., you may need to use at least 2 drywall anchors. You can check the container of the anchor box to determine the maximum weight the anchor can handle.