Metal Wall Art

If you recently moved places and you forgot how to fix your metal wall art then read on because we will tell you how to do it. Metal wall art can enhance your interior and make your space stand out. Most people use it as a center point to add additional art pieces around it. While in other cases, unique metal wall art can be used on its own to draw the viewer’s attention.

If you are new to it, then the first thing you will notice is that metal art pieces are heavier than regular wall art. So naturally, hanging them on the wall requires extra care and the correct technique. Without following the right steps when hanging metal wall art, the art piece could be at risk of falling off and getting damaged.

Metal wall art requires using the right tools and hanging supplies to hang them correctly. Not to mention you need to hang them at the right spot on the wall, so the heavy metal frame is properly supported. If you were wondering how to hang metal wall art, keep reading until the end to learn the step-by-step process.

What Do We Need to Hang Metal Wall Art?

As mentioned earlier, hanging a metal wall art is not as simple as hanging a lightweight wooden or glass piece. You need to use the right tools and support to make sure that the heavy art piece stays in place. Without further ado, here are the things you need to gather before you begin installing metal wall art:

  • A drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Hanger (if needed, not preinstalled on the artwork)
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • Stud finder
  • Pencil

Once you have gathered all the supplies mentioned above, you are ready to start hanging your metal artwork.

Steps for Securely Hanging Metal Wall Art

With all the supplies ready, you can start hanging your art piece by following these easy-to-do steps:

Step 1. Make Sure the Hanger on the Metal Art is Strong Enough

The hanger that goes on the back of the wall art and secures it to the screws on the wall is one of the most important supplies used in hanging metal art. In most cases, the metal wall art will come with a suitable hanger already installed.

However, if there isn’t a preinstalled hanger, you must use a sawtooth bar or picture wire with a high-weight rating.

Step 2. Locate the Studs

Since metal wall art is heavy, you can’t hang it directly on the drywall or plaster without strong support. Instead, you will need to find the stud in your wall with the help of the stud finder.

Run the stud finder across the length of the wall where you want to hang the metal art piece. Once you find the stud, use the pencil to part the spot, and it’s best to look for studs that are near the middle of the wall.

Step 3. Choosing the Right Height for Hanging the Metal Wall Art

The stud you found using step 3 is a vertical structure that goes from the bottom of the floor toward the roof. You can hang the metal wall art anywhere along the length of the stud. However, it is best to make sure the wall art is at eye level to ensure the best viewing experience.

Step 4. Fitting Screws on the Wall

With the right location picked out, you can start fitting screws on the wall. The screws should be long enough to penetrate the soft drywall and get secured to the stud. So, for this purpose, screws with a length of at least 2.5 to 4.5cm are considered ideal.

Use the measuring tape to measure the distance between the holes provided on the hanger and note the distance down. Similarly, measure the distance between the top of the art piece and the hanger’s hooks/holes to know how far the holes are from the top of the artwork. Now mark the distance between the two hooks/holes of the wall art’s hanger on the wall, and also the distance between the top of the artwork and the hanger’s hanging point with a pencil. Double-check to make sure you are marking the area where of the wall where you found the stud.

Use the level to make sure that the marks you have made are in a straight line. Because if the screws aren’t drilled on a level line, the artwork will lean towards its side and won’t be straight.

Now drill pilot holes in the exact marked spots and start screwing the screws into the hole using a screwdriver.

Make sure to leave just enough length of the screw out for the metal wall art to be hung properly. However, you shouldn’t leave too much of the screw out either, as it will cause the art to lean forward, which might not be optimal.

Step 5. Hang the Metal Artwork

Once you are sure that the screws are firmly in place and you have fitted the screws in the stud, it is time to hang the metal artwork. If you had correctly measured the distance between the holes on the hanger when marking the placement for the screws, the artwork should change perfectly.

Before you let the metal artwork go completely, make sure that the artwork is fully supported on the screws and it’s not about to fall off. Once you are certain the metal artwork is not going anywhere, you can let go of the frame.

Place the level at the top of the metal wall art to make sure the artwork isn’t leaning to either side. The level tool will be especially handy if you use a metal wire to hang the artwork. Because it takes a little bit of adjustment to make sure the artwork is completely level.


So there you have it. Hanging a metal artwork may seem complicated at first, but the process is similar to hanging a regular artwork. However, you have to make sure you are hanging the metal wall art on a stud and not on the drywall to ensure you get a reliable fit.

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