There was a time when I’d ask someone to do it for me, like a friend or a partner, because I didn’t trust myself. Turned out I couldn’t trust them, either. I’d hover as they measured and marked, and wince as they drilled, panicking over all the giant, unfillable holes that my landlord could get mad about. The final result was always just short of perfect, not least because of my interference.
Then, I decided to switch to doing it myself (mostly because I had scared away every willing helper). Now much of my art gathers dust on shelves or hides out in storage, instead of being up on a wall.
But that's about to change, because I’ve just discovered what I think is the best art-hanging helper in the world.
Cue the Hang & Level—the yellowest, most hardworking tool that makes light work out of hanging art. At $14.98, it's less than what you’d pay for professional help, and suuuper simple to use. Here's what you do.
Hang your art on one (or two) of the hooks on the tool.
Slide it to where you want your picture to hang and click to mark the spot. A built-in pin marks exactly where the nail goes, which means there are no more mistake holes. It’s also cushioned at the back, so you can drag it across walls with no resulting scratches.
The built-in level helps keep things balanced, so you don't have to scramble to find a level when you're holding up a bunch of stuff, which is annoying when you don’t have the wingspan of an albatross. (Also, P.S. I don’t actually own a level.)
Now, there is just one other thing. In New York, where I live, so many of the floors and walls of apartments are crooked that you could hang something perfectly and still have it look completely askew. Anyone have a fix for that? I’m all ears.
Arati grew up hanging off the petticoat-tails of three generations of Indian matriarchs who used food to speak their language of love—and she finds herself instinctually following suit. Her life has taken her all across the world, but she carries with her a menagerie of inherited home and kitchen objects (and altogether too many spices) that serve as her emotional anchor, no matter the living situation. She's an impassioned ambassador for life in Brooklyn, and a fierce critic of the vast amounts of cream cheese on a New York bagel.