'No More Holes in the Wall' Art & Picture Hanging System

Introduction: 'No More Holes in the Wall' Art & Picture Hanging System

Create a sturdy art and picture hanger for less than $20 PER ROOM! We use this in the SoHa Arts Building. We researched so many expensive systems used in museums, etc. and realized, "hey, we're makers!" and devised this system that we use everyday all throughout our facility and have never had a problem hanging large art, heavy mirrors, giant photographs, etc. This simple and highly useful design can be installed in minutes with little effort. Try it for yourself see just how easy it is to:

1. Hang anything on the wall WiTHOUT HOLES

2. Move the picture left/right/up/down easily

3. Change your art as often as you like

We have included a step-by-step tutorial and a video for you to use. Have fun!

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies and Tools....

You can change the following to suit your needs/desire but the recipe stays the same.

We use the following items:

3/16" by 5-1/2" Turnbuckle EYE/HOOK Tension Hooks.

You will need two (2) of these per item hung

3/32" 7x7 Stainless Steel Wire Cable.

Buy as much as you will need and cut to size for each item hung

Aluminum Double Ferrules for 3/32" Wire Cable.

Size these according to the size of cable you purchase. Example: 3/32" Wire = 3/32" Ferrules

Aluminum Carpet Tack Strip.

Comes in 3', 6', and 12' lengths

1" #8 Coarse Thread Thread Dry Wall Screws

Tools needed:


Cordless Screwdriver


Tin Snips

WIre/cable cutters


Protective gloves

Step 2: Measure Your Chosen Wall and Cut Rail...

Measure the width of the wall you want to hang on and cut the Aluminum Carpet Tack Strip to size using tin snips.

Step 3: Install Rail on Wall...

Install the cut to size Aluminum Carpet Tack Strip as high as possible, preferably where the wall meets the ceiling.

There are pre-drilled holes every 3" on the strip, So there is no need for drilling holes.

Screws in every hole in the strip will ensure that you hit a wall stud many times along the rail. This will result in added strength and durability.

Step 4: Cut Cable to Desired Length...

Measure and cut the desired length of wire cable depending on where you want your item to hang.

Each tension hookIs 4' in length closed and can expand up to 6" extra, up or down, by tightening or loosening the turnbuckle.

Step 5: Create a Wire Loop Using the Ferrules...

To make an eye or loop termination at the end of a piece of cable, slide the ferrule over the cable end. Form a loop and slide the cable end back though the ferrule. Make sure the end of the cable extends completely though the ferrule.

Once the loop is the desired size lightly hammer the ferrule until it is flattened in the cable.

Step 6: Repeat Step 5...

Repeat step 5 on the other end of the cable so that you have formed the cable with turnbuckles on each.

Step 7: Place Cable on Rail...

Place one turnbuckle on your rail remembering that you can slide left or right with ease.

Step 8: Attach Item to Other End of Cable...

Attach the hanging turnbuckle to the back of the item you want to hang.

Adjust the turnbuckles up or down to desired length.

Slide item left or right to desired location.

Step 9: Sit Back and Enjoy Your Perfectly Hung Art!

Pretty easy right? If you are feeling creative, wrap ribbon or leather around the steel cable if you desire.

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4 Discussions


4 years ago

have you tested the tack strip for weight limits?


4 years ago

I hate to
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5 years ago on Step 9

This is exactly what I'm looking for! One question, though: what actually keeps the hook on the rail? From the picture, it doesn't look like there is a lip on the horizontal surface of the rail. I'm not sure about using it in earthquake zones or anywhere someone might brush against the art causing the hook to slip off. Have you had any trouble with that?


6 years ago on Introduction

Why did you label this instructable No More Holes in the Wall when you are putting more holes in the wall with your hanging system? Plus you have all the hardware showing that a lot of people would not want showing. You have put multiple holes in the wall instead of one hole for the art being hung; plus all hardware is hidden.