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 an arrangement be at least ⅔ the width of the bed to 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 is really only 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 these two marks visually and hang the picture in the middle without any calculating or messing up your walls.

The same image of art hung above a bed - one is at the right height and the other is too high.

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.

Q: What should I use to hang my artwork?
A: When hanging something above your bed, safety is the top priority. For extra security make sure to use a hanger that will hold weight well above the weight of your décor. Our fasteners are designed specifically for securely hanging pictures in drywall. DécoNails™ hold up to 20 lbs and DécoScrews™ are rated for 30 lbs. Once you have hung your artwork, use our AnchorPoints™ on the bottom corners of the frame 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 extends around 6 inches higher than the pillow. Measure 14-16 inches above the pillow and this is where the bottom of your arrangement can be located.

Q: Where else can I hang artwork in a bedroom?
A: Another place to consider is the wall opposite the bed. When you're 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 makes you happy or is inspiring. Also, if you have a lounge chair in the room, you could consider hanging artwork above it or on the wall opposite the chair. 

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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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