How to Install a Ranch Style Wooden Sign
An old looking ranch style wooden sign will give any room a rustic sense of nostalgia. If you have one that you would like to hang, use this step by step guide to safely mount and show off your sign.
Step 1 - Choose Location for the Sign
Choose the appropriate location for your old wooden sign. If the signing displays your family's name, choose a place of prominence, such as above a fireplace mantel or in the center of a living room. If you have wooden signs with the names of family members, mounting them on the bedroom doors of each member of the family is also a great idea.
Step 2 - Find a Stud
If you're mounting the wooden signs on a wall, you want to mount the sign to a stud behind the drywall if possible. Use your electronic stud finder to locate a stud and create a small mark at the stud location with the pencil. However, if the perfect location for your wooden sign doesn't have a stud available, don't worry. There is a solution for that as well.
Step 2 - Determine Mounting Technique
To hang your wooden sign, you can use a claw type frame hanger and mount the sign to a wood screw or nail that is secured into a stud behind the drywall. A picture hanging kit works great for this as well. Alternatively, you can create your own hanging kit with a couple of short wood screws and a piece of steel wire.
If there is no stud available, you'll need to use a drywall anchor and screw. This will work for signs that are relatively light. However, if you're attempting to hang a heavy wooden sign, be sure that screws or nails are set into studs.
Step 3 - Mount the Sign
Attach the claw type hanger or wood screws into the rear of the wooden sign. Use the ruler or measuring tape to align the screws. If using screws, they should be the same distance from the outer edges of the sign and should be in a straight and level line. A claw type hanger should be centered a couple inches below the top of the sign. If using a hanging kit, insert the screws and then wrap the ends of the metal wire around each of them.
After you have the hangers or screws and wire in place, insert a nail or screw into the stud at the location where you want to hang the sign. If you're using a drywall anchor, make a hole in the drywall that is slightly smaller than the anchor and then gently tap it into the hole. Insert the screw into the anchor so that about a quarter of an inch is left out. Next, hang the sign on the nail or screw on the wall.
Step 4 - Level the Sign
Use your level to help make sure that the sign is level on the wall. Alternatively, you can have someone look at the sign from a few meters away to make sure it is straight.