How to Hang Your Print with a French Cleat

The instructions below can be used to guide you through the process of mounting the French cleat to your wall so that you may hang and display your photograph. Mounting a French cleat is a great way to securely hang a photograph or any other object on a wall. The French cleat system consists of two interlocking pieces, one attached to the wall and the other to the back of the photograph.

A step-by-step guide to help you mount a French cleat

Step 1: Measure and Mark
Determine the desired height for your photograph on the wall. Use a tape measure to mark the position where you want the top edge of your photograph to be located. Then, use a level to draw a straight horizontal line at that height.

Take the French cleat and position it on the wall, aligning the top edge of the cleat with the horizontal line you drew. Make sure it's level by using the level tool. Once it's level, mark the screw holes' positions on the wall with a pencil.

Step 2: Attach the Wall Cleat
If you are mounting into studs, use screws appropriate for the stud material (wood, metal, etc.). If not, use appropriate wall anchors based on your wall type (e.g., drywall anchors). Use a drill or screwdriver to attach the wall cleat securely to the wall at the marked screw hole positions.

Step 3: Hang the Photograph
Carefully lift the photograph and align the picture cleat with the wall cleat. The interlocking cleats should fit snugly together. Once aligned, gently lower the photograph onto the wall cleat. The weight of the photograph should rest securely on the French cleat.

After Hanging Your Photo

Use the level again to ensure that the photograph is perfectly straight. If needed, make slight adjustments. Test the security of the hanging photograph by gently pushing it from side to side to ensure it's stable and securely mounted.

Congratulations! You've successfully mounted your photograph using a French cleat system. It's a reliable and secure method for hanging various objects on walls, providing both stability and flexibility if you ever want to reposition the photograph or replace it with another item.