Hanging groups of photos or paintings together on the wall can create an gorgeous spot on the wall to show off a bunch of similar pieces, like family photos, prints from the same artist, or vacation shots. The trouble is that measuring and positioning art on the wall close to one another can be a bit of a pain. The Hang and Level is a simple, cheap tool that makes hanging one painting or a dozen photos quick and easy.
The inventor of the Hang and Level, Liette Tousignant, dropped us a line a while back when we discussed how you could use a paint stirrer and a screw to easily hang your photos. She pointed out her tool could get the job done better, and sent us one to try out. A number of you also noted that the paint stick hack may quickly position art on the walls, but did nothing to level them. The Hang and Level does both really well, and helps you measure the distance between photos so you can create an attractive arrangement of art on your walls.
To use the Hang and Level, just place your picture on the single hook (if you're going to use one nail or adhesive hook) or the double-hook (for two hooks, nails, or just heavier art) and position the piece where you want it on the wall. Use the built-in level on the handle to make sure it's even. Remove the art from the hook, and press the hook itself? it will bend slightly, and make a small mark in the wall where your nail will go. Then you can hammer the nail into the wall without wondering where it was supposed to be, or having to get a pencil behind the art while you hold it up against the wall. Once your photo is mounted by hook or nail, you can use the built-in level to make sure the sides are straight, move on to the next piece you have to hang.
The Hang and Level is a pretty simple tool, but it saved me a lot of time I would otherwise have spent measuring the distance between art on my wall, marking where they'll hang, and then guessing whether they're perfectly level. The Hang and Level will set you back between $10 and $15 depending on where you buy it: it's available at Amazon, Home Depot, and most other department and hardware stores.
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