Our step-by-step guide to hanging pictures in new-build houses


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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
  • Pencil
  • Power drill and drill bit
  • Safety goggles
  • Screwdriver
  • Pipe and cable detector
  • Rawlplug and screw or picture hooks for plasterboard (weight-dependent)

Simply follow these steps

  1. Roughly position the picture or mirror where you want it
  2. Mark the top centre on the wall
  3. Measure the distance between the hanging mechanism at the back and the top of the frame
  4. Mark this measurement underneath the mark you’ve already made on the wall
  5. For lighter hangings, you can use  picture hooks for plasterboard. For heavier hangings, you’ll need to drill and insert rawlplugs
  6. Use the pipe and cable detector to make sure it’s safe to drill
  7. Select the drill bit size indicated on the fixing pack
  8. Make sure your drill is set to normal mode
  9. Drill your hole – don’t forget to wear safety goggles
  10. Push in the rawlplug
  11. Insert the screw, but not all the way so that you leave room to hang the picture
  12. Hang the picture or mirror
  13. 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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