Most people hang art too high. But, you can avoid this common mistake by following this simple formula on how to hang pictures at the correct height.
~Turn your frame over and measure the height of the picture from the back.
~Find the distance between the top of the picture and the picture hanging hardware. Take this measurement from the backside of the frame. Also, 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. 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 the difference. In my example, 60″ + 5.5″ = 65.5″ So, I will install the nail at 65.5″in this example.
~Measure and mark that spot on the wall. Making sure to start at the floor, we measured 65.5″ up the wall.
~Install your hanging hardware. I’ve always use hangers like this (affiliate link)
Note that I placed the bottom of the hook (not the nail) on the pencil mark because that is where the wire will hang from.
Now you’re ready to hang your picture!
Tip: write the final measurement on the back of your picture for future reference. (Because if you’re anything like me, you will be moving that picture.)”
I found this formula online a few years ago (I don’t remember the source), and have had a lot of success with it.
However, I don’t follow it when hanging something above a table or chair. In that case, leave no more than 12″ between the surface and the end of your frame.