Intro: Stairway Picture Hangers
We have many pictures of my daughter with Santa Claus. To display them during the holidays, we hang them along the side of our stairway. For a while, my wife used ribbon to tie the frames on, or some other labor intensive, non-reproducible method.
I know, First-World problems.
Anyway, I made some metal hangers that slip easily onto the balusters with a hooked end for the frames. Of course, you will have to modify the design to fit your stairs.
- Metal clothes hangers, or similar stiff wire
- Pliers to bend the wire
- Something to cut the wire with
Step 1: Figure Out Dimensions
Everyone's hanger will be different. Well, in theory two of you could have the same stair layout.....Anyway, we'll look at this in a very general way.
a. long enough to keep the hanger from slipping out of position, but short enough to allow you to slip the hanger into place. (c-a=depth of baluster)
b. width of baluster
c. distance from back of baluster to edge of stair
d. half the width of the baluster (b/2) to center the frame
e. hook needs to be deep enough to line up the top of the frame with the stair
Your first hanger will be a little trial and error, so cut the wire a little long.
Step 2: Bend
The first three bends are in the same plane (a, b, c, and d are flat).
Bend the last length down and form a hook. You may have to adjust the hook to get the frame height right.
Step 3: Hang
Slip the hanger around the baluster and lay on the stair.
Hang you picture frame on the hook.