Display your collection of decorative plates for added pizazz to your decor.

How to Hang Decorative Plates

by Heather Montgomery

Your wedding china, collection of vintage plates or antique plates found at thrift stores or garage sales only collect dust when they sit in a cabinet or china hutch. Instead of storing the plates away until you have a party big enough to use them or feel comfortable enough to allow your children to handle the beautiful works of art while eating; a hanging decorative arrangement on the wall offers the next best thing. Spring-loaded plate hangers secure the plates to the wall without detracting from the design and pattern of the plates themselves.

Utilize a stud finder to locate the studs within your wall. Mark the studs with a pencil for reference. When you hang heavy, ornate plates and platters, secure them to stud locations for added strength. In most homes, find studs every 16 or 24 inches in the wall.

Install a drywall nail anchor if you want to hang a large plate arrangement in an area where studs are not available.

Map out your plate arrangement on the wall by having a friend help you hold the plates to the wall and lightly tracing around the plate with a pencil. This gives you an idea of spacing and location.

Find the center of each plate tracing and mark with a pencil. Use a drill and the drill bit in your drywall anchor kit to make a hole at the center mark for the anchor. Hammer in the anchor portion of the kit into each hole so it is flush with the wall. This step is not necessary for plates that hang on the wall that contains a stud behind the sheetrock.

Place a plate hanger with the nail hole even with the anchor or mark you made on the stud. Hammer a nail through the hole in the plate hanger into the anchor or at the mark you made along the stud.

Remove the plate tracings with an eraser or dampened sponge. Adjust the springs on each plate hanger to fit the plate and secure it in place. Hang the plate on the wall.

Items you will need

  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Drywall nail anchor kit
  • Drill
  • Plate hangers
  • Hammer


  • Use a level if you want a completely straight line of plates, or eyeball the orientation of the plates for a flowing design.
  • Check the plate hangers periodically to ensure hangers stay secured.

About the Author

Based in Lakeland, FL., Heather Montgomery has been writing a popular celebrity parenting blog and several parenting and relationship articles since 2011. Her work also appears on eHow and Everyday Family and she focuses her writing on topics about parenting, crafts, education and family relationships. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in early education from Fort Hays State University.

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