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Don’t Leave Us Hanging: Shelves and Pictures 101

Lake Nona Tenant Hanging Artwork in Their New HomeWhen hanging shelves and pictures in your Lake Nona rental home, it is crucial to do so as safely as you can. Household accidents and falls result in over 30 million doctor’s office and emergency room visits each year. It is of utmost importance that you know and follows proper safety guidelines so you can avoid injury.

Take the time to do the job correctly– that is one of the things to know about hanging shelves and pictures safely. A rushed job may make your shelves both ugly and dangerous. Properly installed shelves can last for years though. Before starting, you will need to know where you want to place the shelves or pictures.  After that, you have to gather the proper tools and materials.

Nowadays, most homes have drywall for their interior walls.  This material is not strong enough to hold heavy objects. To hang shelves and large pictures, you will need to anchor them to the wooden studs in your walls. To find them, you might need a stud finder. Place shelf supports and picture hangers on wooden studs to keep the shelves and pictures from falling.  This will prevent potential wall and floor damage as well as lessen the risk of injuring someone.

At this point, you can 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. If you will be hanging shelves at a height that would require a ladder, make sure you use 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. The finished work might look out of balance or unprofessional if done poorly. As a general rule, the center of a framed picture should be located approximately 57 inches above the floor (this is eye level for the average person). Measuring and marking the placement of each picture must be done before going to the next step.

Now you have to determine what kind 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. You can overestimate the weight, just to be safe. You might need a drill driver or other power tool for you to place screws, anchors, and brackets in the studs and walls.

Ensure that you educate yourself on the proper use of your drill driver before attempting to use it for the first time. When hanging shelves or pictures on a brick or concrete wall, remember that it may require a masonry bit and plastic anchors to install the screws required to hold the shelf or picture in place. Once you are ready to install the shelf or picture, ask for help. It’s great to have someone to help lift and steady things. Get another pair of eyes to check out your work. An objective opinion on your placement and measurements never hurts, either.

If screws, drills, and power tools intimidate you and you prefer not using them, you still have other options.  Your pictures can also be secured to the walls by other methods such as double-sided adhesives. Select the adhesive that is right for your needs.  Remember, some adhesives may be permanent or removable.

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

Need a new rental home to hang your art?  Review our current selection of rental listings and give Real Property Management Verita a call at 321-972-6823. Our Lake Nona property managers would be glad to assist you.

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