These are the 5 Tips I use when Hanging Art. By following these simple tips, you will avoid making mistakes that result in multiple holes in your walls, When HANGING ARt.
Know the Proper Height
Number 1 – Know what is considered the proper height to hang your art is the first step to avoid making mistakes. So what is the proper height? The biggest mistake most people make is hanging to high. Opinions vary, however one good rule of thumb is art should be hung at eye level. So when hanging a single piece of art, the center should be approximately at your eye level. This can vary from 58 – 62 inches from the floor. I use a standard of 60 inches.
This might be a good time to get the supplies Ready!
- Hammer, Nails, Screws, Picture Hooks, Etc.
- Ruler, yard stick and/or tape measure
- Painters Tape, scissors, sharpie
- Hand held level or laser level
Number 2 – How to determine where the top of your frame should be. Measure the height of your piece, then divide that in half. This painting is exactly 36″ and half of that is 18″. Next add 18 inches to your eye level of 60 inches. 78 inches is the exact height to place the top of your frame.
Number 3 – I like to use painter’s tape to mark the spot. This is the point everyone dreads. Placing the nail. Begin by placing a piece of painters tape across back, the exact length of your frame horizontally. If the art has a single hanger, place a mark on the tape exactly where the center of the hanger is. If there is a wire, place in the exact center of the frame.
However, should the painting have two hangers and no wire, place a mark at the exact center of each hanger. I then place my marked tape over the piece of tape I have leveled on the wall.
Number 4 – Next, measure from the top of the frame to the teeth of the hanger. Cut another piece of tape that exact length and place it under the tape on the wall. It’s important to be sure you place this piece exactly center to where you’ve marked for the hanger.
what if I’m not hanging a single piece of art?
Number 5 – Here are some additional tips for hanging art.
- Here is an important tip when hanging art over a table or chair never leave more than 12 inches between the bottom of frame and top of the surface. Depending on the size of the piece 5 – 9 inches is appropriate. The larger the piece of art, the more distance is appropriate.
- Leave approximately 1 1/2 to 2 inches between multiple frames such as a gallery wall. Here is a step by step tutorial for hanging a gallery wall without making any mistakes.
- If you are placing larger pieces side by side, you can spread the distance between the frames up to 1/2 the horizontal width of the frames. This would be appropriate along a hallway for example.
- NOTE: When hanging art always refer to the weight capacity of your hangers and follow instructions based on that weight. Wall anchors may be necessary for heavy pieces.
I hope this information was helpful. If you enjoyed this, I will be sharing how to hang a gallery wall without a single mistake in a future post. Please feel free to ask any questions and all comments are really appreciated.