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5 Simple Tips For Hanging Art

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.

Lamb painting hanging over a bench. Tips on how to hang this art perfectly every time.

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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

Tools and tips needed to hang art perfectly every time.

  • 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.

  • Measure the height of your art including the frame.

    Measuring art for proper placement so that you can use the tips for hanging are perfectly every time.

    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.

    Marking where art hanger is placed is a tip for hanging art perfectly every time.

    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.

    Using Painters Tape is one tip for hanging art perfectly every time.

    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.

    demo of how to mark the wall for hanging art perfectly every time.

    You can safely place you nail at the bottom of the tape and the painting or picture will be in the perfect spot.

    Frames now line up with painter's tape.  Your art will be hung perfectly every time.

    See – How to Create a Custom Mat for Framing Vintage PhotosHere

    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.

    Lamb painting showing proper placement for hanging art and to assure you hang your art perfectly every time.

    Additional tips

  • 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.
  • See a creative idea for what to do with your old inherited family photos here.

    Glimpse of a gallery wall and tips on hanging art perfectly every time.
    • 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.


    La Donna Sullivan

    Saturday 19th of June 2021

    Lots of great information, so useful, plus great ideas! Enjoyed very much! ❤ ❤ 😊😊

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    Saturday 19th of June 2021

    Oh, I'm so glad you found it helpful.


    Wednesday 29th of April 2020

    Love these simple yet creative ideas. And your artwork is beautiful.

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    Thursday 30th of April 2020

    Amy, I really appreciate this so much. Thank you for taking the time to comment.


    Wednesday 29th of April 2020

    Love these creative, yet simple ideas. And your artwork is beautiful.

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    Thursday 30th of April 2020

    Thanks so much Amy!

    Barbara at Mantel and Table

    Wednesday 29th of April 2020

    Brilliant Rachel!! The tape trick is fabulous - I can't tell you how many holes are in my walls from picture hanging failures! I'm definitely coming back to this post next time I need to hang something. Thanks for the wonderful tip! 💗

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    Thursday 30th of April 2020

    Barbara, I appreciate this. It's the easiest way I've found to not make mistakes.