Hanging something on the wall with two hooks can be a frustrating task. You can try to get away with eyeballing it. But in my experience, that usually results in me leaving a massacre behind anything I hang up.
As a rule, there are at least two extra holes behind whatever wall art I’m displaying because I didn’t measure something properly or I was slightly off level. Sometimes there are black scuff marks on the wall from my level slipping. Or, a huge random hole because my two tiny holes were too close together. I’m not good with measurements and tools.
After I moved into my new house and hung everything on the walls, I found a genius hack on Reddit that will perfectly space the nails on a wall every time when you are trying to hang something with two hooks.
“When hanging something with two hooks, use painters tape to get exact markings, and a level on the wall,” the Redditor wrote. ‘Hammer in your nails, and peel away the tape!”
The Step-By-Step Process
That was a nice, brief way to say it. But, I want to break this down a little more so we can all practice at home.
For this genius hack you’ll need:
- A roll of painter’s tape
- A pen
- A level
- Two nails
- A hammer
Now, let’s go over the easy to follow steps.
- Grab a roll of painter’s tape.
- Put a piece of the tape over the item you want to hang, across the hooks or holes that will hang on the two nails.
- Mark the areas on the tape where the hooks or holes are, so you can perfectly space your nails.
- Grab a level.
- Use your level to evenly place the tape on the wall where you wish to hang your item.
- Hammer your nails into the marked areas of the tape.
- Peel away the tape.
- Hang your item.
How easy is that? If only I would have known about this during all of my years of apartment living. I could have saved so much money in damage fees and maybe gotten my entire deposit back.
According to the comments, I’m not the only one who saw this post a little too late. My favorite comment being, “Great timing! I just finished hanging everything my wife wanted on the walls in our new house. When we move again in 10 years maybe I’ll be able to use this.”