How to Hang a Neon Sign on Your Wall

Neon signs add flair and personality to any space, whether it's a vibrant addition to your business or a unique touch to your home decor. But ensuring your neon sign hangs securely and stylishly is crucial. Whether you're jazzing up your bar, podcast studio, or bedroom, let's dive into the art of hanging neon signs. And hey, if you're in the market for a custom neon sign, check out EasyNeonSigns.

Table of Contents

  1. Before the Installation – Tips for Hanging Neon Signs
  2. Necessary Items Required to Hang a Neon Sign
  3. Neon Sign Installation: Step-by-Step Instructions
  4. How to Hang a Neon Sign Without Drilling
  5. How to Hang a Neon Sign Using Chains
  6. Conclusion

Before the Installation – Tips for Hanging Neon Signs


Choosing the right spot for your neon sign is crucial for both aesthetics and functionality. Here are some considerations:

  • Visibility: Ensure the sign is placed where it can be easily seen. This might be above a bed, sofa, or desk, depending on the room.
  • Proximity to Outlets: Make sure the sign is close enough to an electrical outlet to avoid using long extension cords, which can be a tripping hazard.
  • Lighting: Consider how natural and artificial lighting in the room will affect the visibility of the neon sign. Avoid spots with direct sunlight that might wash out the glow.

Did you know? According to a survey by Houzz, 64% of homeowners planning to redecorate are looking to add unique and personal touches to their spaces, making neon signs a popular choice.


Neon signs can vary in weight, so it's important to:

  • Wall Type: Know what type of wall you’re working with (drywall, plaster, brick) to choose the appropriate anchors and screws.
  • Support: For heavier signs, additional support such as wall studs or stronger anchors may be necessary.


Consider the shape of your neon sign:

  • Cut to Letter: Each letter offers a unique aesthetic and can be strategically placed for maximum impact.
  • Cut to Shape: Custom shapes add visual interest and can be hung or placed to complement your decor.
  • Cut to Square: Square signs offer modern simplicity and can be easily hung using chains or placed on shelves for a contemporary look.

Explore more about these shapes in our blog post on Custom Neon Sign Shapes for Rooms.


Hanging the sign at the correct height ensures it’s easily visible and makes a statement. Typically, eye level is ideal:

  • Eye Level: Hang the sign at about 5 to 6 feet from the ground for optimal visibility.
  • Room Usage: For bedrooms, consider a slightly lower placement to maintain a cozy atmosphere. In living areas, higher placement might be more appropriate.


Prioritizing safety is essential to prevent accidents during installation:

  • Electricity: Turn off the power in the area where you’ll be working. Use a voltage tester to ensure there is no power running through the outlets or wires.
  • Ladder Safety: If you’re using a ladder, ensure it’s stable and on a flat surface. Have someone assist you if possible.
  • Proper Tools: Use the correct tools for the job to avoid injuries. Ensure your drill bits are suitable for the wall material.

Necessary Items Required to Hang a Neon Sign

Gather the following tools and materials before starting:

  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Drill with appropriate bits
  • Screws and anchors
  • Screwdriver
  • Command strips (for no-drill options)

Neon Sign Installation: Step-by-Step Instructions

Safety First

Turn off the electricity in the area where you’ll be working. Use a voltage tester to ensure there is no power running through the outlets or wires you'll be near.

Choose the Perfect Spot

Select a spot that is both visible and practical. Consider the proximity to electrical outlets and how the sign will complement your room's decor. Whether you’re in Vancouver, Ottawa, or any other location in Canada, a well-placed neon sign can transform your space.

Measure and Mark

Using a measuring tape and a pencil, mark the spots where you'll drill holes. Ensure your markings are level to keep the sign straight. This step is crucial for a neat and professional look.

Drill Holes and Insert Anchors

Drill holes at the marked spots. If you're drilling into drywall, insert anchors into the holes for added support. Anchors help to hold the weight of the neon sign securely.

Attach the Screws

Partially insert the screws into the anchors, leaving enough space for the sign to hang securely. Make sure the screws are level and evenly spaced.

Hang the Neon Sign

Carefully hang your neon sign onto the screws. Ensure it’s securely fastened and straight. Adjust if necessary to make sure it’s level and aligned as desired.

How to Hang a Neon Sign Without Drilling

If you prefer not to drill into your walls, there are alternative methods to hang your neon sign:

Command Strips

Command strips are a great no-drill option. They can support a considerable amount of weight and leave no damage when removed.

  1. Clean the Wall Surface: Clean the wall surface where you plan to attach the strips.
  2. Attach the Command Strips: Attach the command strips to the back of the neon sign.
  3. Press Firmly: Press the sign firmly against the wall, holding it in place for a few seconds to ensure the strips adhere properly.

Adhesive Hooks

Adhesive hooks can also be used to hang lighter neon signs. They are easy to apply and remove without damaging the wall.

  1. Clean the Wall Surface: Clean the wall surface where you plan to attach the hooks.
  2. Apply the Hooks: Apply the adhesive hooks according to the package instructions.
  3. Hang the Sign: Hang the neon sign on the hooks, ensuring it is securely fastened.

Stand or Shelf Display

For an even simpler method, consider placing your neon sign on a stand or shelf:

  • Stand: Use a small easel or stand to prop up the neon sign. This works well for smaller signs.
  • Shelf: Place the sign on a sturdy shelf. Ensure the shelf is secure and can support the weight of the sign.

How to Hang a Neon Sign Using Chains

Hanging a neon sign using chains can provide a unique and stylish look. Here’s how to do it:

Materials Needed

  • Chains (suitable for the weight of the neon sign)
  • Eye bolts or ceiling hooks
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Drill with appropriate bits
  • Screwdriver

Steps to Hang

  1. Choose the Location: Determine where you want to hang your neon sign. Ensure the location can support the weight and is close to an electrical outlet.
  2. Measure and Mark: Use a measuring tape and pencil to mark the spots on the ceiling or wall where the eye bolts or hooks will be installed.
  3. Drill Holes: Drill holes at the marked spots. Make sure to use the correct drill bit for the type of ceiling or wall material.
  4. Install Eye Bolts or Hooks: Screw in the eye bolts or hooks securely into the drilled holes.
  5. Attach Chains to Neon Sign: Attach the chains to the mounting points on your neon sign. Ensure the chains are securely fastened.
  6. Hang the Sign: Hang the chains onto the eye bolts or hooks. Adjust the height and ensure the sign is level and securely fastened.


In conclusion, hanging a neon sign involves careful consideration of location, weight, and shape to ensure both aesthetic appeal and practicality. Whether you opt for letters, custom shapes, or square designs, each offers its own unique charm and placement possibilities.

Statistic: According to a report by Grand View Research, the global market for decorative lighting, including neon signs, is expected to reach USD 40.99 billion by 2025, reflecting the growing trend of personalized home decor.

If you have any questions or queries about hanging your neon sign, feel free to contact us. Visit our website to explore the designs we offer, with free and fast shipping, returns, and warranty options available. Alternatively, you can visit us at our location 300 Earl Grey Drive, K1C 1T1 Ottawa, Canada or give us a call at (613) 857-6668 for personalized assistance. We're here to help you illuminate your space with style and flair.

Read More: How to Customize Your Sign

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