How to hang pictures straight without a level

If you’re always looking for ways to make your home more stylish and inviting. But let’s face it, hanging pictures can be a real pain – especially if you don’t have a level! Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years to help you hang your pictures straight, without all the hassle.

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5 Ways to Hang Pictures Without a Level

You don’t need a level to hang pictures. Here are five ways to do it:

  1. Use a tape measure and mark the wall at the height you want the center of your picture to be. Draw a small horizontal line at that mark.
  2. Find the center of your picture frame and lightly mark it with a pencil.
  3. Align the center of your frame with the horizontal line on the wall and nail it into place.
  4. Hang your pictures by eye and step back to see if they look straight. If they don’t, adjust them until they look right.
  5. Use a picture-hanging kit when you have multiple pictures to hang in a grid pattern. This will help you get them all hung evenly without having to use a level for each individual picture.
    Use your phone

If you don’t have a level handy, your phone can come in handy. Just open up the camera app and hold it up to the wall where you’re going to hang your picture. Line up the bubble in the middle of the screen with the horizontal line on your wall, and voila! You’ll have a perfectly level picture in no time.

Mark it with tape

Here’s a little tip on how to hang pictures straight without a level. All you need is some painters tape!

First, decide where you want your picture to go and mark the top corners with a piece of painters tape. Then, take your picture and hold it up to the wall to see if it is level. If it’s not, just adjust the tape until it is.

Once your picture is level, use a hammer to nail the picture hanger into the wall. Then, remove the painters tape and voila! Your picture is now hung perfectly straight!

Recycled tools come in handy

We all know the feeling of stepping back to admire our handiwork, only to see that the frame is crooked. It’s frustrating, but luckily there’s an easy fix. All you need is a recycled tool that you probably already have around the house!

For this hack, you’ll need a can of soda. Make sure it’s empty and clean before you begin. Just pop the top off of the can and set it aside. You’ll also need a hammer and some nails.

Now, hold the can up to the wall where you want to hang your picture. Use the can as a guide to mark where you’ll hammer in your nails. Once your nails are in place, simply hang your picture on the nails and step back to admire your work. The can will act as a makeshift level, ensuring that your picture is perfectly straight!

Consult with a round object

If you don’t have a level handy, you can always consult with a round object. Find something in your house that’s roughly the same size as the frame you’re hanging. A glass, vase, or even a stack of coins will do. Place the object on top of the frame and make sure it’s centered. Then, use a pencil to trace around the edge of the object. Once you’ve traced the entire circumference, remove the object and hold your frame up to the wall where you want it to go. Use your pencil marks as a guide and mark corresponding dots onto the wall. If everything lines up perfectly, then congratulations! You have successfully located the center of your frame without using a level.

Grab a teammate

The easiest way to hang pictures straight without a level is to grab a teammate. With two people, one can hold the picture in place while the other uses a level to make sure it’s perfectly straight. This method is foolproof and guarantees that your pictures will look great on your walls!


Use a laser level. If you don’t have one, use a bubble level. If you don’t have one of those, use a ruler or a tape measure.

First, find the center of the wall by measuring from the floor to the ceiling and making a mark in the middle. Then, measure from the left side of the wall to the center mark and make another mark. Do the same thing on the right side of the wall. These two marks are your starting points.

Next, take your laser level and hold it so that the beam is level with your Marks (or as level as possible if you’re using a bubble level). Make sure that the beam is pointing straight ahead and not at an angle. Once you have your laser level set up, turn it on and adjust the intensity until you can see the beam clearly.

Now comes the fun part! Starting at either your left or right starting point, follow along with the beam until you reach your desired height. When you get to your desired height, make a small pencil mark on the wall. Repeat this process at your other starting point.

Once you have two marks at your desired height, take your tape measure and extend it from one mark to the other, making sure that it is nice and straight. Make another pencil mark at both ends of your tape measure line. These two marks are where your hooks will go!

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