Maybe you’re thinking about ordering a frame or have received one already, but you want to know exactly what holds it together.
How will it hang?
What piece goes where and does what?
What do we use to make sure the frame won’t harm the wall?
At Frame it Easy, we not only include everything you need to hang and assemble your frame, but we also make sure everything on it serves a purpose — that means it’s high in both aesthetic and utility!
To make sure you know exactly what everything does on the back of your frame — and what to call it — our guide below showcases all the hardware you might encounter for both wood and metal picture frames.
Metal Picture Frame Hardware
Our metal frames are made of aluminum. They come either anodized or powder coated, and they are four separate rails that aren’t bound together. As such, other hardware (which we’ll get into below) is needed to hold the metal frames together that isn’t necessary on our wood frames.
Most of our metal frame hardware can be adjusted (even once on your frame) and comes pre-packed in a small bag. So, it’s easy to add to each package or send a replacement, if ever necessary.
- Euro Hangers are what keeps your hanging wire in place. They fasten to the back of the frame, and hanging wire should be strung tight through each side to ensure an even display. You should also ensure that your Euro Hangers are placed evenly on both sides of the frame.
- Hanging Wire holds your frame to the hook that is on the wall. It should be taut in between both Euro Hangers, and it should be placed on a hook until the frame looks even.
- Spring Clips ensure there is no space for your backing to move in the frame. Without them, there would be a slight bit of wiggle room for the frame’s contents to move around, and we want to make sure it stays snug. Simply place some pressure on the spring clips into the back of the frame to flatten them out, and this will remedy that issue. (Just be careful as if you let go without them being fully under the frame rail, they could spring out!)
- Bumpers are meant to protect your wall more than your frame. Put the bumpers on the back corners of the metal frame to preserve your wall just as well as the frame you have preserves your artwork. (Note: sometimes these might be white foam squares instead of clear circles, but both are used the same and serve the same purpose.)
- Corner Brackets are what keep your metal frame together. As the name suggests, they are on the corners of your frame, and you can simply loosen or tighten to disassemble or assemble the frame. Something to note, however: You don’t need to remove the corner brackets entirely to loosen a frame rail. All you need to do is loosen them a little bit, about a half turn.
- Hook is what you mount on the wall for the frame to hang off of. Just make sure everything is level, and you should have a great display!
- Nail is what holds your hook in place on the wall. All you need to do is make sure you’ve found the perfect spot to hang your frame, and then hammer the nail through the hole on the hook; you should be all set from there.
Wood Picture Frame Hardware
Our wood frames differ from metal frames in one key aspect: most of the hardware comes pre-attached. We do this for a few reasons, the main one being that the hanging hardware on wood frames is more permanent once secured in place.
In addition, wood frames are bound together, which means that the rails are not individual, but rather one unit. The corners are detailed in such a way to give the look of one single frame, too.
- D-Rings are the wood frame counterpart to Euro Hangers. They perform the same purpose, but for a different material. They come pre-fastened to the wood frame, since they are screwed directly into the frame profile.
- Hanging Wire used for wood frames is the same as the wire used for metal frames. The hanging wire comes pre-attached to the D-Rings, with one side untethered so you can easily remove the backing of your frame and place your artwork into it.
- Flexipoint Tabs come included on the back of our wood frames and are meant to be bent back to remove the backing from your frame, and then pushed back into place again once everything is placed in properly. These perform the same function as spring clips do for metal frames— keep everything in place and ensure nothing inside the frame can move or shake around.
- Felt Pads are added to the wood frame corners to protect your wall.
- Wall Buddies are for our larger wood frames to prevent them from bowing over time. (If you use hanging wire on a larger wood frame, the final product might warp and bow after a few months.) The Hanging Brackets are similar to sawtooth hangers— for those of you who may have prior knowledge of framing— these are placed on the corners of the frame, then attached to the nails & hooks.
*Smaller wood frames also come with a hook and nail.
Additional Accessories (Not Included With Standard Purchase & Completely Optional)
- EaselMates can be used to display your frames that have an opening of 13” X 19” or less on a tabletop. They are sold separately from standard orders and can be found on our picture frame accessories page.
- Security Hardware is an optional add-on to any of our frames. It attaches frames to the wall at both the bottom and the top rails, for extra security when you don’t want your frames easily removed. The three types of security hardware (for smaller metal frames, larger metal frames, and wood frames) can all be found on our picture frame accessories page.
For the most part our picture frame hardware is pretty self-explanatory and easy to manage, but hopefully this guide helped educate and clarify.
Just also note that if you order a frame for art you already have, this guide will be a bit more applicable than if you order a print with your frame. F