Gear-obsessed editors choose every product we review. We may earn money if you buy from a link. How we test gear. Decorating your home with pictures, hanging a mirror in the bathroom, or installing shelves for displaying heirlooms requires the correct fastening system to support the weight. Here are 10 tried-and-true ways to hang items. Before you start, review this story that shows how to determine what’s behind a wall before driving fasteners. Also make note that it’s best to stay well under the maximum weight allowance that is stated for a hook. If none of these options will work for you, then build your own french cleat which can be customized anyway you choose. A variety of these anchors are available, typically supporting 50 lbs. to 100 lbs., depending on the brand, fastener size, and drywall thickness. They’re strong enough for mirrors, towel racks, large pictures, and other items. You can use them in the ceiling, too, for hanging flower baskets. The anchor is inserted into the wall—you use a screwdriver instead of the old method of drilling a hole and sticking in the anchor. When the included screw is driven into the anchor, the anchor expands to lock into the dryw...