One year ago, I tried to Google how to hang gallery images with magnets and my search turned up almost nothing, so I wanted to share the method I’ve used to hang group gallery shows.
Using magnets is great because it’s much cheaper than framing work and it still looks professional. All you need are nails or screws from the hardware store (not copper or aluminum) and small disc magnets, which you can buy for about $0.25 each.
You can find the magnets I used online here. The discs are about the same circumference as a normal nail head and are strong enough to hold my 16×16″ prints.
The first step of this hanging method, and probably the most difficult one, is taking measurements. I used a ruler to measure out where each of my prints would go in pencil leaving several inches between each.
Next, I put nails on each corner about half an inch inward from my measurements. This way, the magnets will sit on the boarders of your image instead of insecurely on the very corners of your prints.
You can hammer the nails all the way into the wall so your prints will lie right against it, but I prefer to hammer the nails in just enough that they are secure. This way, my prints sit about one inch from the wall, which provides some dimension.
Once your nails are in place, hanging work is easy. Simply center the print on top of its four nails and place a magnet on each corner.
Here are other supplies I used to hang my show:
- Clamp lights, available at hardware stores
- Outdoor spot floodlights
- Hammer or screwdriver
- Extension cord, preferably with several outlets
- OR an extension cord and a surge protector
- Printed/mounted artist statement
Click here to view the images I displayed in this show.