Should I hang my picture a little higher or lower?

Despite our best efforts, sometimes when you hang up your picture and step back for a look, you realize that it's still not exactly where you want it. No worries - you can fix it. So if you are unsure if you have the right spot to hang that picture what do you do? 

Is it better to start by hanging a little lower or higher?

Picture hung above a table and chairs with it hung in two different spots - start by hanging it lower, correct and then if need to hang it higher then the nail hole of the first image is hidden.

Hang your picture a little lower

If you are uncertain where you want to hang the picture, then hang it a bit lower at first. 

Most hanging hardware is at the top of the picture frame or wall decor item. If you hang your frame too high and then have to move it down, you risk having the original hole show when it’s in the new position. But if you hang the item a bit lower to begin with, then you can always move the nail up - and the first hole will be hidden behind the picture!

Image of the back of picture showing the hanging hardware on the top of the frame, and a second image showing how the nail hole shows if you hang the picture too high to begin with and want to lower it.

Tip: If you have extra holes, this blog post is packed with easy tips to fill picture hanging holes in drywall - read the post. When you see how easy it is to make a fix if a mistake happens, you’ll be less worried about getting started.

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