Without fail, whenever I want to hang something heavy on my drywall there is not a stud in that spot to support it. I like to change things up on my walls often, and I detest those plastic wall anchors. Typically when you want to hang a heavy item on the wall where there is no stud, you have to get out your drill, drill a hole, hammer in a wall anchor, and then screw in a large screw. Removing wall anchors is a pain and patching the wall after removal never looks perfect. I knew there had to be a better way to hang heavy items with minimal wall damage! Some of you already know this brilliant little invention (why didn’t you tell me!), but others might still be in the dark. If you’re still in the dark like I was, I’m about to change your life!
To hang something perfectly the first time, I like to make a template of the item out of butcher paper and tape it to the wall exactly where I’d like it to be. Next, I measure and mark where the holes need to be.
And this is where the magic comes in! This little hook can be found under similar names such as Monkey Hook ,or Hercules Hook, or Super Hook and you can find them in the picture hanger section of the hardware store or on Amazon under the previous affiliate links. The hooks come in various sizes depending on the weight of your items. What is so brilliant about these is that you do not need ANY power tools to pop one of these in your walls and it will take you less than two minutes to hang your heavy items! You simply (1.) push the hook into the wall, (2.) twist the hook right-side up, (3.) and then push it all the way in until just the hook is showing. That is it! And when you need to remove the hook all you have left to patch is a teeny-tiny nail-sized hole instead of a big ugly anchor hole. Where have these been all my life and why am I just finding them now?!
I used these to hang both bathroom mirrors which each weigh around 10 pounds.
I also used them to hang the mirror in my master bedroom. I didn’t want to damage my newly installed plank wall with ugly anchors! To hang on the plank wall, I did need to use a tiny drill bit to puncture the wood and then proceeded to use the hook as outlined above. I am thrilled that when I want to switch out this mirror I won’t have large holes to patch on my wood wall.
I hope this tip helps some of you out in the future and saves you the headache of future patch jobs! Now go forth and make your walls pretty. 🙂