How to Install a Ranch Style Wooden Sign

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  • 2-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 40-80
What You'll Need
Wooden sign
Claw type frame hangers or 1/2 inch wood screws and steel wire (picture hanging wire kit)
Nails or woodscrews
Drywall anchors (if no stud is present at hanging location)
Hammer or screwdriver set
Stud finder
Ruler or measuring tape

An old looking ranch style wooden sign can give any space a rustic sense of nostalgia. If you have one you'd 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 wooden style piece. 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 a sweet way to celebrate your happy home.

Step 2 - Find a Stud

If you're attaching the wooden signs to a wall, you'll want to mount the sign to a stud behind the drywall if possible. Use your electronic stud finder to locate a stud (or, if you don't have one, tap the wall to find one by sound) 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's 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 help you get it straight.