how to hang pictures at the correct height

Follow this simple formula for hanging pictures at the correct height.

* turn your frame over and measure the height of the picture from the back.

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* divide this number by 2

* Still measuring from the back of the frame, find the distance between the top of the picture and the picture hanging hardware.  If you have a hanging wire, pull it taught.  You want the measurement based on how the wire will be when it is hung on the wall.


* Subtract that number from the number you got when you divided the frame height by 2.  ex. frame height is 24″ and 24″ divided by 2 is 12.  In this example, the distance from the top of the frame to the hardware is 6.5 inches.  12 – 6.5 = 5.5.  Add 60 to 5.5.  You would put your nail at 65.5 in this example.

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* Measure up from the floor on your wall and mark that spot.

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Install your hanging hardware.  Note that I placed the bottom of the hook on the pencil mark because that is where the wire will hang from.

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Now your’e ready to hang your picture.  (That’s my daughter:  the artist of this picture.)


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I found this formula online a few years ago, but I don’t remember the source.  I’ve had a lot of success with this formula.    I don’t use this rule when hanging something above a table or chair.  In that case, I wing it. ;)

Until next time,

by Sharon Hines

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  1. Good tip to know! Thanks for sharing.
    Debbie :)

  2. Hope it comes in handy!

  3. I have a great hint — have a housekeeper! I do not, but wish I did have one to do that vacuuming three times a week that I’m supposed to be doing!

    Okay, funny-stuff aside, I have to keep a schedule. For me, that means a hand-written schedule & list that I renew each week on Sunday night. Even though there are only 2 adults (& one cat) in our home now, I still need my schedule & list to maintain things around here. I HAVE to be flexible, because my hubby is retired now & his more spontaneous personality sometimes clashes with my more structured self…lol!


  4. I’d LOVE a housekeeper too! I am terrible at keeping a schedule. I like structure, but I’m such a free spirit. I have yet to find the balance.

  5. I wish I had one, too, Cas! As much as I love structure, I’m terrible at following schedules.

  6. Great tip on hanging a picture … I never measure … just hang it, but I will do my math and try this next time.
    Audrey Z.

  7. Audrey, I doubt you need to do the math. I just got so tired of moving pictures up down and around and decided to try something new.

  8. This is a fun blog to read, good work
    tjeck out mine ?
    love from Denmark

  9. Thank you for this awesome idea! I absolutely LOVE this method for hanging pictures. My husband and I always disagree on how high to hang them (I’m short so I don’t want to crane my neck every time I want to look at a picture) and they always look either too high or to low on the walls. The Math wiz in him will love being able to use numbers to get the correct height and I’ll love not straining my neck to look at the artwork.

  10. I’m short, too, Teresa. So, I can relate to not wanting to crane your neck.

    I was so excited when I found this formula…it really makes a difference. Let me know how it goes with your husband. ;)

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