The world of home decor is vast, and we’re constantly amazed by the designers, creators, and creatives who cross our paths. In an effort to learn more about the innovative eyes behind the scenes, we’ve launched a series that explores the sanity-saving tools, products, and services that keep our favorite designers and decorators focused on the job at hand. Welcome to Tools of the Trade.
If there is anyone who has hanging artwork, mirrors, and photographs down to a science, it's Stephanie Purzycki, the CEO and co-founder of The Finish. With an interior design service that focuses on projects big, small, and for any budget, Purzycki and the team at The Finish have to keep efficiency at top of mind. That's why, according to Purzycki, her must-have tool is the Hang-O-Matic.
What item made your work life easier this week/month/lately?
Stephanie Purzycki: The Hang-O-Matic is one item that definitely has my life as a designer easier. I carry it always in my designer install kit.
Hang-O-Matic All-in-One Picture Hanging Tool
SP: It’s an all-in-one tool for artwork, mirrors, and decor hanging. It allows you to measure the distance between hooks to accurately space them on a wall. When you press the guides onto the wall, it marks the exact spot to place your nails and hanging hardware. It also has a built a built-in level so the marks are always aligned properly.
You can get it from Amazon or Home Depot. It's budget-friendly and will save you so much measuring time.
Where/how do you use this item most?
SP: I use it a lot at our design shop in Southport, CT when hanging artwork for sale or if I am doing a solo artwork install at a client's home. It takes a lot of the guesswork out and makes the job easy without needing anyone else.
How did you discover this item?
SP: I stumbled upon it at Home Depot, but it’s also available on Amazon.
Will you use this item in the future?
SP: Yes, all the time.
How has this item made your job easier?
SP: I love that my hanging gets done correctly on the first try. Gone are the days when I install a piece of art and then notice it is crooked because one nail is slightly higher than the other.
How might someone not in your line of work benefit from this item?
SP: Every homeowner and designer should have one. It makes hanging any piece of art or wall decor a breeze.
What, if anything, would you change about this item?
SP: I would give it the ability to mark a center point, but that's getting fancy.
Are there any care/use tips someone considering this item should know about?
SP: I store mine in the box it came in.