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How to: Install a photo line at home

How to: Install a photo line at home

Photo lines are thin metal lines that can be mounted onto a wall. You then clip your printed polaroid size photos onto the line, or your child/children’s drawings – it’s up to you. The nice thing about these lines are that the photos are easily interchangeable, allowing you to update them whenever you like.

Here I explain how simple it is to install your own photo line to a wall in your home.

You will need: A pencil, a level, a tape measure, protective eyeglasses, protective hearing equipment (muffs/ ear plugs), an impact drill, a hammer and a screwdriver. A dustpan and brush will also be needed to clean up the debris from drilling into the wall.

Step 1:

Buy your photo line. A very cool website I found, Nifty250, sell the photo lines in various lengths with the wall plugs to mount them, as well as some clips for your photos or pictures. Their website is In my experience they delivered the lines to my house rather quickly and they were wrapped nicely. They can also print your Instagram photos as a polaroid size for you for a small amount, to clip onto your photo line.

Step 2:

  • You will normally receive two wall plugs and two screws with your photo line. The wall plugs house the screw, and the ends of the photo lines hook under the head of the screw on each side.
  • Mark on your wall space where you’d like the photo line to go. I use a tape measure to make sure that the photo line is centered, and then I use a level and a pencil to make sure that the line I draw is straight.
  • I recommend not to have your photo line completely straight – a slight dip will enable you to clip your photos on easier.
  • Your screws that are mounted into the wall plugs will hold the loop of your photo line into the wall. Clearly mark the ends of the loops (at the outermost part inside each loop) where the supplied wall plugs and screws will go with a solid dot. Remove the line and make an ‘X’ over the dots on each side. This is to make sure that you can easily drill the hole into the middle of the ‘X’.


Step 3:

  • Now it’s time to get your drill out. You will need to use a masonry drill bit if you are drilling into brick and plaster. The masonry drill bit is usually a light silver colour. Match the drill bit circumference with the wall plug- the drill bit you’ll use should be slightly smaller. Often the instructions on the packet that the wall plugs come in specify which size drill bit to use (like a 5, or a 6 etc).
  • Put on your protective eye glasses and your earpiece (ear plugs will also do).
  • With a steady hand and positioned as level as you can on a stable surface, drill a hole into the centre of each ‘X’, deep enough into the wall to house the length of the wall plug.

Step 4:

  • Now that your holes are drilled, you can remove your protective equipment and set down your drill. Make sure to lock your drill into the safety position, or switch it off at the plug for safety.
  • Take your hammer and gently knock each wall plug into the hole until it sits flush with the wall.
  • Take your screwdriver and gently screw both of the provided screws three quarters of the way into both holes.
  • Take your photo line and insert the loop around the first screw. Tighten the screw with your screwdriver.
  • Then take the other end of your photo line and loop it over the second/ last screw. Tighten the screw until the photo line is as taut as you positioned it at the beginning.


Your photo line is now installed! You can now use your provided clips to clip on your photos and pictures. Enjoy!

My finished photo line


Jules With Tools

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