How to Hang Pictures on Plaster Walls

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A picture is worth a thousand words. How are you using them on the walls of your home?

If you own an older home, you might have plaster walls. This means your picture-hanging technique will look a little different. Reference these tips when tackling this project.

Hanging a picture on a plaster wall

Drywall versus plaster walls

You might be wondering, “What are plaster walls, anyway? Are they different from regular drywall?”

The answer is “yes.” One is not necessarily better than another, though. Here are some of the more important differences between the two.

  • Plaster walls tend to crack and crumble when hammered.
  • Plaster walls are a much older style of wall construction. They’ve been used since ancient times!
  • Drywall is more common now and typically less expensive.
  • Drywall installation is typically less labor intensive.

Hanging pictures on plaster walls

Ready to hang your pictures? If you have plaster walls, follow these general guidelines:

  • For pictures weighing less than five pounds, use an adhesive hook or Velcro strip. This method makes for easy removal.
  • For pictures weighing five to 10 pounds, drive your nail or hook at a downward angle into the wall.
  • For pictures weighing more than 10 pounds, sink your screw anchor into the wall. Heavy pictures will need support from a stud.

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