When hanging heavy things like paintings and mirrors on walls, there are a few things that you’ll need to consider. It’s not all about the drill bits and socket screws, there’s some science behind it all. This guest post from Shaftesbury Fixings will explain these factors as well as sharing a few expert tips on some of the tools and objects that you can use to get the best results.
Best Tools and Wall Fixings
Whilst useful and handy, and supplied in a number of sizes, it is worth noting that these fixings are permanent, and a large section of the wall would need to be removed along with the fixing.
A fixing can only be as strong as the wall, but these fixings are almost the David vs Goliath of wall fixings. A single Toggle Bolt can hold anything up to 25kg of weight.
Hanging Heavy objects
If the object that you’re hanging is a particularly large and heavy one, then there are a few steps that you can take to ensure that you get the best result.
Spread the strain
The biggest issue with heavy wall hangings is the stress that they put on your wall, but you can reduce this by simply increasing the amount of hanging points on the wall. The weight of heavy objects adds vertical force on the nail/screw, which in turn places a huge amount of strain on the point where the fixing connects with the wall.
When that force builds up to an excessive level, then you have a problem, but by adding extra fixings to share the weight, the force is spread between multiple points.
If an object is extremely heavy, you may want to support the weight from below with brackets, or even another hanging point. It’s all about the physics theory behind it. A heavy object pulls down, but if you reduce the weight of the pull by supporting it near the bottom as well as the top, then you can reduce the pulling force on the fixings at the top.
Specialist Tools and fixings
It’s not as simple as just choosing a nail or a screw and hanging it. There are many different screws and bolts for different purposes. The best one for heavy objects is probably the Toggle Bolt. This specialist bolt is perfect for attaching objects to weak walls and supporting the weight. Just one of these little gems can support up to 25kgs, so they’re well suited for large pictures and mirrors. The reason that this is the case is because of the supporting wings on the fixing.
And there you have it! Three top scientific tips for mounting heavy objects on walls.