We can fly to the moon, yet we struggle to hang pictures. It’s hard to believe, but true. To help you avoid any future struggles when hanging things up, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to hang three pictures above a couch without any fear of ruining your walls.
Start by getting all the tools you’ll need to get the job done right. It’ll save you time and frustrations too. Here’s what you’ll need if you decide to hang your frames the way I did:
- Hang and Level – your new best friend when hanging stuff
- CenterFinder – a measuring tape that does the math for you
- Déco Hammer – not too big, not too small, perfect for the job
- Picture hanging Nails or Screws – designed specifically to hang pictures
- Anchor Points – These little guys will keep your frames straight forever. I have them on every single picture frame hanging on my walls.
- Step stool – always good to have one handy
- Painter’s tape – to map out your arrangement and space your frames evenly
If you’d rather watch than read, check out the video below. Or, scroll down to read the steps.
First, set the frames on the couch to determine how much space to leave between them. I was planning to center each frame with a sofa cushion but it looked too much like I was trying to fill the wall space. Instead, I aligned the middle frame with the center of the couch and left six inches between the frames. All wall arrangements are different so you’ll have to play with the spacing to find what’s best for the size of your frames and wall space you have.
Next, decide how high to hang your frames. I hung mine twelve inches from the top of the sofa cushions to the bottom of the frames. I tried leaving a smaller gap but the frames looked too close to the cushions. If possible, have someone hold the middle frame for you while you step back to assess the height. Or, map out the arrangement with painter’s tape and move the tape around until you’re satisfied.
I often take pictures of different hanging heights with my ipad or phone to review before deciding on the right height. Hanging the first frame is the trickiest part, as it sets the height for the entire wall display, so don’t rush through this step.
Co-Founder of Under The Roof Decorating