Let's face it, most people don't own an array of tools and supplies suitable for hanging décor or building things. If you're feeling Pinterest inspired to achieve the chic gallery wall, but don't have a level accessible in your home, fret not!
Believe it or not, you can ensure that all the frames and mirrors are straight and in the perfect position without a fancy level. That's right, there are a few simple ways to achieve leveled décor on your walls without the proper tool.
Once you have chosen the app and hung up the frame in the desired location on your wall, place your phone horizontally on top of the frame and wait for the results.
This trick works best with painter's tape and a good attitude. To hang a leveled frame, put a piece of tape that stretches from the two brackets across the back. Underneath each bracket, mark a dot so you know where to place the nails.
Once you have the tape marked, stick the painter's tape on the wall in the place where the picture frame will hang. The contrasting color of the tape against the wall will help you align the frame evenly on the wall without the hassle of using a level.
An additional way to ensure that your picture or mirror is leveled on your wall comes straight from your recycling bin. Using a small and clear bottle, fill it up with about a third of the way with water and secure the lid.
Using the improvised level, place it on the top of the décor piece and wait as the water evens out in the bottle. When the water stops moving and showcases equal portions on each side (use the ridges in the water bottle as a guide!), then you know that you have securely leveled the objects on the wall.
Now, keep in mind that this hack will work best on bulky items. Thin-rimmed mirrors and frames will not secure the size of the bottle.
This ingenious hack is very similar to the water bottle level, however, all you need is a round object. To get the best result, use a gumball.
Once you have the frame or mirror on the wall, place your round object on the top of the rim. If the object rolls off, then you know that the décor is not leveled. However, if it stays in place, then you know that your picture is securely proportionate on the wall.
Another efficient way to hang wall décor without a level is to ask for help from a friend. With the extra pair of hands, you'll be able to hang either a frame or mirror as straight as possible.
Once you have determined where you will hang the piece of art, you and your friend will each take a side and gently hang it on secure nails or screws in the wall. Between the two of you, you'll be able to determine if the décor is easily proportioned on the wall and straightened at eye level.
While these five hacks will guarantee that your décor is leveled on the walls, you should start with the option that you think will be the easiest and go from there. You may have to try a few to find what really works for you, but they're all so easy, you'll be level in no time!