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.
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Today I’m sharing 5 Simple Tips for How to Hang Art perfectly every time. See how to avoid making damaging mistakes to your walls.
How to Hang Art at the perfect 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?
Hanging art too high is the biggest mistake most people make.
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.
Tools to Hang Art
- Hammer, Nails, Screws, Picture Hooks, Etc.
- Ruler, yard stick and/or tape measure
- Painters Tape, scissors, sharpie
- Hand held level or laser level
Measure the height of your art including the frame.
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.
I prefer to place piece of painter’s tape at the exact spot the top of my frame should be. Use a level to be sure you are straight. To test the placement, hold the painting up just under the tape and see if you are looking at the center of the painting.
Easy Measuring for Hanging Art
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.
Example. The horizontal tape is exactly where the top of the frame will go. The dot indicates the position of the hanger on the back of the frame. The vertical tape is cut the exact length from the top of the frame to the bottom of the hanger. Place your nail or screw exactly at the bottom of the tape where it is marked.
You can safely place you nail at the bottom of the tape and the painting or picture will be in the perfect spot.
Additional Tips for Hanging Art
Here are some additional tips for hanging art when you have multiple pieces and furniture to work with.
How to Hang Art over a table or chair
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 art piece, 5 – 9 inches is appropriate.
The larger the piece of art, the more distance you can allow.
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- 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.
I hope this information was helpful. If you enjoyed this, you can see How To Hang a Gallery Wall without a Single Mistake. Please feel free to ask any questions and all comments are really appreciated.
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