How To Properly Hang Artwork

How To Properly Hang Artwork


Hanging artwork is, for the most part,
something that’s hard to screw up. There are, however, four simple tips you should keep in mind to maximize the impact of your artworks and protect your walls. Maximize the impact of artwork, and avoid hanging art too high by placing the center of the piece at eye level, about 57 inches high. If you have really high or really low
ceilings, use the 3/4 rule. Think of your walls cut horizontally into four sections, floor to ceiling. You want your artwork to hang in the third quadrant, counting up from the floor. If you’re hanging a piece of art above furniture, shoot for an 8 inch gap. This prevents you from hitting your head and the space from feeling cramped. Hang multiple pieces of art the same way you would one giant piece. Center your collection the same way you would one artwork. The best way to insure this is to map out your placement beforehand. One of the most common mistakes people make when hanging artwork is choosing art that’s too small for their space. Artwork that’s too small ends up looking overwhelmed or worse, like it’s floating
in space! Generally the piece of art or the collection should be in the same shape and orientation as the wall that it’s trying to fill. When in doubt, slightly too big art is always better than slightly too small. Make sure to use mounting hardware that’s appropriate for the weight of your artwork. Small to medium-sized artworks can typically be hung with a single picture hook, or by hanging mounted D-rings directly onto a nail. Larger, heavier works should be hung with one to several picture hooks or nails that have several points of contact.

Dereck Turner

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