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…every time.
How High to Hang Pictures
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First, gather your tools:
Directions for hanging artwork
- If you’re picture has two hooks (without a wire) on the back, follow this tutorial. If you’re working with a single hook, or a wire, keep reading.
- Turn your frame over and use your measuring tape to measure the height of the picture from the back. My art is 24″
- Divide this number by 2. In my example, the answer is 12″
- Find the distance between the top of the picture and the picture hanging hardware. Mine measured 6.5″ from the wire to the top of the frame.
Tip: 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 high/taught the wire will be when it’s 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. When I divided the height of the frame by 2, I got 12. So, 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″.
- Measure and mark that spot on the wall. Making sure to start at the floor, we measured 65.5″ up the wall. Mark the spot with a pencil.
- Install your hanging hardware.
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 a piece of painter’s tape and adhere it to the back of your picture for future reference. (Because if you’re anything like me, you will be moving that picture.)
- Set a level on top to make sure the picture is hanging straight.
I found this formula online a few years ago (I don’t remember the source), and have had a lot of success with it.
General Picture Hanging Tips
- The general consensus among designers is that the center of your art should hang at eye level when standing, or between 60 and 63 inches, some say 65 inches. This is particularly true for pictures hanging in a foyer or hallway.
- When you’re hanging something above a table or chair, leave no more than 12″ between the surface and the end of your frame.
- If the art is in a room where you’ll mostly be seated, like in a dining room, you can hang it on the low end of the eye level range.
- For rooms with high ceilings, try the high end of the range.
Best Places to Find Art
The art in my home is a mix of my daughter’s artwork from school, family photographs, inherited, estate sale and thrift finds, discount stores, and pieces from Etsy.
Both Etsy and Minted are great places to find original prints at a very affordable price.
My favorite artists on Etsy are:
Clare Elsaesser – She offers original paintings and prints. I think of her work as moody. The first time I saw this one, it brought tears to my eyes. It reminded me so much of Matt and me. It’s hanging in my bedroom now.
Janet Hill Studio – Her shop offers prints, cards and stationary. Janet’s work is very colorful and whimsical with a vintage theme. This print was on my wish list for a couple of years before I finally pulled the trigger and bought it. I don’t know why I waited so long. It was very affordable.
Laura Row Studio – I recently discovered this artist. Her work is much more traditional. She sales original watercolor art, fine art prints, and stationary. I can see her art work in a girl’s room, a feminine office space, a women’s closet, or in a powder room. I’ve got my eye on this adorable print.
Art from Minted
Photo Art – Minted is a great place to turn your photos into art. This type of art is perfect for gallery walls, hallways and home offices.
Fine Art Prints – Minted partners with independent artists to give them a platform to share and sell their work. There are a lot of types and styles to choose from. From what I understand, it’s limited edition art are with only 350 prints per size and colorway.
I like Emily Jefford’s abstract landscape prints.I’ve been following her on social media for quite some time and always love seeing her latest pieces, which are available on Minted.
Children’s Art – You can find art for a nursery, child’s room and even for teenagers. I bought my daughter customized map art from Minted as a high school graduation gift to take with her to college, especially since she was moving out of state. It was a huge hit!
There’s nothing like having pictures on the walls to make a your house feel like home.
Be sure to read this post for 4 creative ways to display art.
Before you go, be sure to get your free printable picture hanging cheat sheet.