Our step-by-step guide to hanging pictures in new-build houses
Once you’ve moved into your new home, you can begin adding your personal touch with the likes of accessories and furniture.
How to hang a picture frame or mirror on new-build walls
We understand drilling into new-build walls may feel unnerving. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Great British Bake Off’s builder-turned-star baker, Richard Burr, to create some handy tutorials for you to follow.
Here, Richard explains how to hang a picture frame or mirror on plasterboard walls – depending on the weight of the item you’re hanging.
What you’ll need
- Tape measure
- Power drill and drill bit
- Safety goggles
- Pipe and cable detector
- Rawlplug and screw or picture hooks for plasterboard (weight-dependent)
Simply follow these steps
- Roughly position the picture or mirror where you want it
- Mark the top centre on the wall
- Measure the distance between the hanging mechanism at the back and the top of the frame
- Mark this measurement underneath the mark you’ve already made on the wall
- For lighter hangings, you can use picture hooks for plasterboard. For heavier hangings, you’ll need to drill and insert rawlplugs
- Use the pipe and cable detector to make sure it’s safe to drill
- Select the drill bit size indicated on the fixing pack
- Make sure your drill is set to normal mode
- Drill your hole – don’t forget to wear safety goggles
- Push in the rawlplug
- Insert the screw, but not all the way so that you leave room to hang the picture
- Hang the picture or mirror
- Stand back and enjoy!
If your home is a new build, you’ll need to check with your managing agent or developer what the policies are for hanging items on walls. Often they’ll advise you to wait a certain amount of time before using nails or screws on newly built walls – and going against this advice could affect your guarantee.
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