How to Hang Art Using Monkey Hooks

Monkey Hooks are one of my favorite systems for hanging heavy art on the walls. They simply twist into the drywall, no studs needed!

Monkey Hooks are one of my favorite systems for hanging heavy art or mirrors on the walls. They simply hook into the drywall. There’s no need to find studs or use heavy drywall anchors. They actually don’t require any tools!

I finally got my picture window hung on the wall in our bedroom!

It was quite the ordeal to track down the hardware for this. I was so nervous that it was going to fall off the wall, or put too big of a hole, etc.

At first, I bought giant brackets that hold up to 200 lbs. They needed to be screwed into the wall in 5 different spots, but my husband was out of town and I couldn’t bring myself to do that without him. Boy am I glad I waited!

My husband, ever the realist, informed me that the window didn’t weigh more than 30 lbs. and that I was being ridiculous, what else is new? So he went to Lowe’s and came back with D hooks and Monkey Hooks. The D hooks got screwed into the sides of the window, so they wouldn’t be visible after hanging.

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How to Install Monkey Hooks

Next, we installed the Monkey Hooks. These things are so awesome! It’s just a thick wire hook that you shove into the drywall. Twist and turn the hook until it goes all the way in and the long piece hooks behind the drywall. There is a small hook on the outside for hanging things.

installing monkey hooks
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These little hooks can hold up to 50 lbs. (depending on which ones you buy) and are so awesome! Plus they don’t leave too large of a hole in the wall. We hung up the window and it feels solid as a rock! I took a bunch of pictures but my camera is being weird and randomly stopped uploading, I think I have a bad USB cord actually. So forgive the quality of these last three, they were taken on my iPhone. 

It feels really good to get another project on the walls and see things coming together little by little. Now all the bedroom needs are some side tables, a headboard, a few more pieces of art, a mirror, a bench, and possibly a darker stain on that dresser. That’s not too much, right? *GULP*

Oh and Monkey Hooks doesn’t know me or give me money, they are just super awesome! πŸ™‚


  1. It looks amazing! Congrats on it being featured as well! I saw that little tweet on twitter last night about it. πŸ™‚ These pictures give me a better idea of how things are laid out in your house too. I love the location of the master bath & how you can look downstairs from the stairwell. πŸ™‚

  2. These look handy! Using drywall anchors is always such a pain in the butt.

  3. Lol. David told you d hooks or monkey hooks were the way to go. πŸ˜‰

  4. Christine @ A Merry Journey

    Very pretty πŸ™‚ Are your walls “Frosty Pine”?

  5. Yay for smart husbands! I have never heard of those monkey hooks, but they intrigue me. I really like that dresser, too!

  6. Krystle @ Color Transformed Family

    I’m with Melanie… these pictures really helped me get a feel of the upstairs. The window turned out great and like you I probably would have over guestimated the weight too. If we guessed correctly our husbands wouldn’t feel as needed though.

  7. Thanks for the suggestion! Those might come in really handy for a nursery project we are working on!

  8. Looks awesome! Especially with the wall color. Plus, I think I need to get some of those monkey hooks!

  9. Whitney @ drab to fab design

    It looks awesome! Thank god for husbands, right?! That spot is the perfect size for it!

  10. love it! the window frame is super cool, and i love that you used all B&W photos. πŸ™‚

  11. It looks perfect there! Love anything made from old windows.

  12. Did you know that my favorite word in the whole wide world is monkey?!

    Now I need monkey hooks (my sock monkeys would love them)!

    And of course your old window is perfection too!

  13. i have never used or heard of monkey hooks before! i need to check them out next time I am at lowes! I love the placement over the dresser, with the mix of the vintage window and modern lines of the dresser. So cool!

  14. Kelly @ Corner of Main

    It looks great! I have never used a Monkey Hook; I am definitely going to keep that in mind next time I hang something. =)

  15. It looks great Ashley, I’d never even heard of a monkey hook before I read your post. I wonder if they have those here in Australia!

  16. This looks amazing! Where did you get the window from? xox

  17. Diana @ Boy + Girl

    Love this project!! Looks great!

  18. Liz @ Liz's Life

    It looks awesome! I’d never heard of Monkey Hooks but will definitely have to keep them in mind for future projects.
    I had a couple of (kind of dumb) questions. Did you put the pictures in front of or behind the glass? If you put them in front, did you cover them with more glass or any sort of protective covering? If you put them behind the glass, how did you attach them?
    Also, I nominated you for a couple of blog awards! Check out this post for more info:

    • The pictures are behind the glass, I attached them using adhesive photo corners, which you can find in the scrap booking section of Michael’s or Joann. Since they are hanging on an interior wall in our bedroom I didn’t use a protective covering or anything like that and by using photo corners I can easily slide the pictures out and change them if I want to. πŸ™‚

  19. Katie@Paisley Print Shoes

    I’ve never heard of monkey hooks!! I’ll have to look into them.
    I have an almost identical window that I have sitting on the floor in our guestroom…you have inspired me to DO SOMETHING with it!!

  20. Well, better to overestimate the weight than underestimate and end up with your window frame crashing down! It looks great on your bedroom wall πŸ™‚

    I’ve never heard of monkey hooks – they look pretty ingenious to me!

  21. it looks great hanging up πŸ™‚
    I’ve seen hooks similar to that on infomercials, but I never knew anyone who actually tried them. That’s great that they were easy to use AND actually hold up!

  22. Kristen I Popcorn on the Stove

    I love how this project turned out – it looks so great on the wall!

  23. Amy@BuffaloRoam

    Very pretty! I like that you stayed with the black and white.

  24. Looks so great in your room! I need to try out those monkey hooks. Andy and I were just trying to figure out how to hang something a few minutes ago, so this is perfect timing!

  25. Super cute idea! Love the vintage touch!

  26. I love those hooks…I used them a lot when I lived in my townhouse!

    And your project looks perfect hung up! I adore it!

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