How to Hang Pictures: 10 Top Tips

These 10 easy picture hanging tips will help you get professional results quickly and easily without making mistake holes in your walls.

1. When hanging pictures to be viewed from a standing position, in areas like hallways or entryways, the best rule of thumb is to position your artwork so the center point of the frame hangs at 60″ to 66″ (152 cm to 167 cm) from the floor.

the right height to hang a picture

2. In rooms where most time is spent sitting you may want to hang pictures lower so they are closer to eye level. Sit across from where you want to hang your piece and have someone move the art up and down until you find the right height for a comfortable view.

viewing art at eye level

3. Art is an extension of your furniture, so place your furniture exactly where you want it before you start hammering nails in your wall. And, by furniture we mean everything from armoires, hutches, pianos, bookcases, sofas, desks, floor lamps, table lamps… well, you get the idea.

Place furniture before hanging artwork

4. As a general rule when hanging pictures above furniture, the bottom of your frame should be 8” to 10” above the furniture. If you hang your artwork too high, your design will not look cohesive.

your art should hang 8-10 inches about your furniture

5. When hanging pictures over a couch, choose artwork that is at least 2/3 the width of the couch to create perfect balance between the couch and wall display. The same goes for hanging artwork over a bed.

art should be about 2/3 the length of the couch

6. If hanging several pictures together in a row, using an odd number of frames makes it easy to center the middle piece with your furniture and then hang the next one(s) either to the left or right. It doesn’t matter which side you start with, as long as you work outwards from the middle piece.

hanging three frames above a couch

7. The amount of space to leave between pictures in a grouping depends on the size of the pictures, wall space and furniture, but 2″ to 5″ between pictures is a good place to start. Use the SpacingStrips™ in DécoEssentials™ to mark out even spaces. They are easy to remove and won’t damage your walls.

spacing art 2-5 inches apart

8. When hanging a group of pictures, use AnchorPoints™ to keep them in place. It will be easier to line up the next frame when the first one is fixed perfectly straight on the wall. Plus your arrangement will stay aligned, even in high traffic areas.

installing AnchorPoints

9. An easy way to determine the best arrangement for a multi-frame display is to lay pictures on the floor before hanging. You can easily test different positions and spacing. You can even take a photo by holding your camera directly above the display. In this way, you’ll see how the arrangement will look on the wall.

taking picture of gallery arranged on the floor

10. Use Hang & Level, our picture hanging tool, to find the exact location for the nails without any complicated measuring.

    Using Hang & Level to find the right spot to hang a picture

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