How to Hang a Heavy Wall Clock

Antique ornate wall clocks add a personal touch to your home. These old clocks differ in structure from the more typical lightweight plastic or wood clocks generally in homes today. The key to properly hang a heavy clock on the wall is about finding the right support to avoid damage to the wall. Simply pounding a nail in the wall is not sufficient because the nail will bend from the weight. Let’s look at how to hang a heavy wall clock safely on a wall.


Use the stud finder to locate a stud in the desired hanging position. These are supported 2-by-4 pieces of wood behind the plaster and we will use these as the main support for the heavy wall clock to keep it from falling off the wall. If you choose to hang the clock on a plaster, brick or plaster surface, proceed to step 5.

Mark the stud with a pen at the correct height based on the hanger on the back of the wall clock.

Fix the screw in place using the screwdriver. Leave a sufficient amount at the end of the screw to allow the gallows on the clock to place securely in the screw. Give it a good tug to make sure that the screw is deeply embedded in the stud.

Hang the Clock Carefully

Find the right place to hang your wall clock with tips from Phoenixwallclocks if you choose a position where a stud is not available. Remember to place it in plaster is not nearly as stable as the clock hanging from a screw into a stud. Mark the wall with a pencil where relevant hangers clock on the back of the watch.

Drill a hole in the wall appropriate to the size of the screw anchors. Anchor works in plaster and brick or masonry walls. Tap the cone-shaped anchor in with a hammer gently to avoid damage. Select anchor metal instead of plastic for attaching the watch on a masonry or brick wall.

Place the screw inside the anchor and start turning the screw with a screwdriver. As you turn, spreads the anchor inside the back of the wall to provide extra security for the wall clock. Use more than one anchor for increased security.