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The Complete Guide To Hanging Artwork

Hanging artwork or wall decor can be a frustrating or even daunting task, but with a little preparation, the right tools, and a few of our tips you can make your install a breeze.

Placement: A common mistake when hanging artwork is hanging the art too high. A good rule of thumb is to hang artwork at eye level just like galleries do; the center of the artwork should be about 60” from the floor. If you’re hanging artwork above a couch or sofa, there should only be about a 4″ to 8” gap between the artwork and the sofa.

Spacing: If you’re hanging multiple pieces of artwork on the same wall you should keep two inches between each piece. If you’re hanging a series of three artworks on a wall in a row, you can use your hand (fingers closed) as a way to measure equal distance between the pieces.

Tools & Supplies: When you’re ready to hang, nails and screws aren’t your only option; we personally recommend using picture hanging hooks for a professional grade install. Available in multiple sizes, choose the right type of hook depending on the weight of your artwork. A single nail picture hook generally holds up to 30 pounds, a double nail picture hook holds up to 50 pounds, and a three nail picture hook can hold up to 100 pounds. Since they are rather affordable, it’s a good idea to go ahead and use two picture hooks for every piece. There’s no such thing as too much security! Other tools you’ll need include:

  • Pencil
  • Level
  • Tape Measure
  • Hammer

Install: Measure the height of your artwork (including the frame if it’s framed) and divide that number by two. Next, pull the artwork’s wire hanger taught and measure from the top of the wire to the top of the frame, and subtract that number from the first number. Add 60 inches to that number, and you’ve found the spot where you should place your hook: 67″ from the floor.

For example, if the frame is 20 inches tall and the space between the top of the wire and the top of the frame is 3 inches then the equation is: 20 / 2 = 10 inches. 10 – 3 + 60 = 67 inches.

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Use your tape measure to measure the number you found (in this example, 67″), and mark a dot with your pencil. If you are using more than one picture hanging hook or nail, use your level to mark a straight horizontal line across your initial dot. Erase your first dot and mark two dots on the line, equally spaced. Install your picture hooks at these dots and voila, you’re ready to hang your artwork!

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