When hanging extra-heavy objects on gypsum drywall or plaster, use toggle bolts, particularly if you're unable to locate a stud. Like wall anchors, these require a similarly sized hole. Once inserted, spring-activated arms fold out for extra support.
Expansion bolts are another means of securing heavy pictures or objects onto gypsum drywall. These attachments can be hammered directly into the wall without creating a guide hole. If you're still in doubt about which hardware to buy, Toni's simple advice is to read the packages.
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"When hanging paintings, galleries use an arbitrary 59 or 60 inches from the floor to the center of the art, which puts it at eye level," Toni says. It's a good idea to place your central piece by this method, and position other pictures around it. "In our dining room, I asked my husband to sit in a chair so I could gauge the distance from his head to the bottom of the chandelier," explains Toni. "By determining this visual space, I then placed my art--and it worked!"