You just moved into a new place, and you can’t wait to get it decorated with your personality and feeling like home. Before you pull out the hammer and start putting a bazillion holes in the wall trying to hang one picture, maybe you should try learning the art of hanging a picture. There is a little bit more to it than you might think.

First things first, you’re going to need a partner to help you hang pictures. We’d recommend grabbing a good gal pal to help out, as they have a keener eye for details than most men do. Next you’re going to have to decide where you want to hang your picture, in the bedroom? Outside the bathroom? Maybe in the hall? With so many options, you might need some time to narrow it down and make a final decision.

Once you’ve narrowed down your wall space options, grab your tape measure and measure the full width of the wall space. You’re going to need to find out where the center of the wall is, to have your picture in the most aesthetically pleasing position. Make sure to mark the center of the wall with either a pencil mark or a piece of painters tape.

The next step in hanging a picture is deciding how high up on the wall to place the picture. Unfortunately this is the step that most people mess up on. Experts say that for aesthetics the center of the picture should be at eye level. Yea, easier said than done considering eye levels vary greatly; this is why it is recommended you place the center of the picture 60-65 inches up. Once you’ve decided on a good height for your picture, one again make either a pencil mark or use a piece of tape. This mark along with your horizontal mark will show you exactly where the center of your picture should go.

Now is where it starts to get tricky! Determining what method you’ll use to hang your picture is determined by three different things: the size and weight of the picture, the hanging methods already on the frame, and the wall materials. For the majority of pictures a simple nail or picture hook will do the trick. For bigger and heavier pictures, you might opt for some type of wall anchor.

With the placement of your picture figured out, and your method of hanging chosen, there is some final measuring and marking left before you can hang your picture.  You’ll need to figure out where to put your nail so that the center of your picture goes exactly where you want it to go. The easiest way to do this, is to grab your buddy and hold the picture up to the wall, with the center over your mark. Take some painters tape and run it along the top edge of the picture, extending a little ways over each edge. Mark where the edge of the frame or print is before lowering the picture. Measure where the center of the frame is and make a mark on the tape. Next you’ll need to measure how far down from the edge of the picture to the hanging mechanism so you’ll know how far down your nail needs to be. Remember if there is a wire on the back of the picture that the wire will be taught when hanging on the wall, so pull it tight before you measure.

With the final measurement made, simply measure down on the wall and make a mark. Grab your hammer and nail, and you’re ready to hang your picture. Final step is to make sure that your picture is straight and level on the wall, now that its level you’re done! Step back and admire your handy work!