How to Hang Your Growth Chart Ruler

July 29, 2018

How to Hang Your Growth Chart Ruler

Ok, so you got your ruler...now what, how do you hang this thing?  No worries, we've got you covered.  There are a few ways to go about it but there is one method that will give you the absolute best result.  

The Preferred Method - mount the ruler directly to a wall stud so it is guaranteed not to move when your little ones bump into it while you are measuring them or running around the house.

Tools Needed:

  • Tape Measure or Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Drill w/ Drill bits
  • (2) Screws
  • Level
  • Stud Finder

Step 1: Locate and mark a wall stud using a stud finder.  Quick tip, find the nearest light switch or outlet and measure approximately 16 inches in either direction; a wall stud should be in that general area.  

Step 2: On the wall stud, measure 6 inches off of the floor and put a mark. The bottom of the ruler should fall in line with this mark. 

Step 3: Slightly above the number 6 and slightly below the number 1 place a mark in the center of the ruler.  These marks will be where you drill your two pilot holes.  

Step 4: This step may require the help of another person.  Place the ruler on the mark on the wall where the bottom of the ruler should fall.  Using a drill and screw, fasten the ruler to the wall but don't over tighten the screw.  

Step 5: Place the level on the side of the ruler so it is running vertically and check for plumb.  Once the ruler is plumb you should use the second screw to fasten the ruler at the top.  At this point you can tighten both the top and bottom screws as you see sufficient.  

Mounting the ruler this way will keep the ruler in one place over time.  It also helps so kids aren't bumping the ruler when you are taking their measurements.  

If you'd prefer not to mount the ruler directly to the wall you can attach a d-ring or a sawtooth hanger to the back of the ruler.  This method works just fine but lacks the stability of a ruler fastened to the wall.  

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Best of Luck - Gretchen + Logan




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