How to hang pictures in a bedroom

The focal point of any bedroom is the bed, which is typically arranged so it’s the first thing you see when you walk in the room. Make that focal point even more dramatic by hanging some artwork above it.

Four different types of arrangement in a bedroom

Q: What should I hang above my bed?
A: The bedroom is one of the most personal and private places in your home, so select something that brings you joy. Use a grouping of pictures, or focus on a single large piece. For the subject, select something that brings a sense of calm and serenity, from photographs to abstracts.

Q: What size of artwork should I choose?
A: Whether it’s a single piece, or a gallery of images, a good rule of thumb is that an arrangement that is at least ⅔ the width of the bed will look the most balanced.

How to align artwork over a bed

Q: How do I align my artwork horizontally?
A: This is one case where there really only is one answer: align the artwork with the middle of the bed for a symmetric, balanced look. Tip: you can use a small piece of masking tape to mark the center of the headboard, and then mark the center of the bottom edge of the artwork. Using the Hang & Level™ picture hanging tool it’s quick and easy to align those two visually and hang it in the middle without any calculating or marking up your walls.

Q: How high above the headboard should I hang my artwork?
A: Generally speaking, the bottom of your artwork should be 8-10 in above the headboard. Any higher, and the artwork will start appearing to float on the wall (see the example below).

Avoid this common picture hanging mistake

Q: What should I use to hang my artwork?
A: When hanging something above your bed, safety is the top priority. Make sure to use a hanger that will hold weight well above the weight of your pieces for extra security. Our DécoNails™ are designed specifically for hanging pictures up to 20 lbs securely in drywall, and our DécoScrews™ were designed to hold artwork up to 30lbs. Once you have hung your artwork, use our AnchorPoints™ on the bottom corners to make sure it never moves on the wall.

Hanging artwork above a bed with no headboard

Q: What if my bed doesn’t have a headboard?
A: Take your pillow and prop it up flat against the wall. A typical  headboard would extend around 6 inches higher than the pillow. So you could then measure 14-16 inches above the pillow and this is where the bottom of your arrangement would be located.

Q: Where else can I hang artwork in a bedroom?
A: The other place to consider is the wall opposite the bed. When you are in bed reading, or just getting up, it’s natural to be looking straight across at the wall, and that’s a perfect opportunity to hang something that gives you happiness or inspiration. 

For more tips on hanging décor in a bedroom, check out this related blog post "What to hang above a headboard". Have any other decorating questions? Email us at: and we’ll do our best to help you Create the home you love™

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Reviews (3 comments)

  • Kathryn On

    I’m not a professional but have the same exact situation. I’m centering on the bed which is the biggest piece in the room. Plus I think it will look really weird if not centered over the bed

  • Thomas Early On

    If my bed isn’t exactly in the center of the wall, doI center the picture on the bed or wall?

  • Thomas Early On

    If my bed isn’t exactly in the center of the wall, doI center the picture on the bed or wall?

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