How to Hang Large Picture Frames without Using a Stud

What You'll Need
Drill with various bits
Measuring tape
Stud finder
Wall fasteners

Whether you plan to hang large picture frames or smaller ones in your home, there are a number of steps to take in order to ensure that these fixtures are secure. Before you hang any item on your walls, it's important to recognize the potential risks of doing so. While smaller picture frames and other light objects like tapestries may cause little concern over the support of the structure of the wall, larger picture frames are heavier and may cause damage. In most cases, you'll hang a large picture on an area where there is an underlying stud that you can attach it to. However, in cases where this isn't possible, you'll need to follow the steps below.

Step 1 - Consider the Picture Location and Weight

Before you begin to search for a suitable area in between studs on your wall, you should determine where you'd ideally like to hang your picture frame. Consider not only how the picture will appear on the wall, but how it might compare and relate to any other objects that you have hanging on the walls in the room as well. The weight of the picture is also a concern; the larger the picture, the more support that it will generally need.

Step 2 - Locate Studs and Mark the Location

Use the stud finder to locate the studs in the area that you're hoping to hang your picture. It's important to realize where the studs are so that you can avoid them. Make a small mark with the pencil at the location of any stud in the wall where you're planning to attach the large picture frame.

Step 3 - Drill for the Wall Fasteners

While picture hooks are generally suitable for smaller picture frames, larger frames require wall fasteners. These attach to the drywall itself and hook into the wall to provide a more stable foundation for support. Check on the packaging for the wall fasteners to see how many you'll need, as larger pictures tend to require more wall fasteners in order to remain supported properly.

Use the appropriate size drill bit to drill holes into the wall at the locations of the wall fasteners. You may find that it's helpful to measure out the width of the picture frame so that you can space the fastener holes more easily. Use a level to determine whether the wall fastener holes will be completely even.

Step 4 - Attach the Fasteners and the Frame

Attach the fasteners to the wall via the holes that you made. Use the screwdriver to open the inside of the fasteners so that they are supported up against the inside of the drywall. Next, attach your picture frame to the wall fasteners, ensuring that the frame is properly supported before you let go of it. Check on whether the frame is level and make adjustments as necessary.