How to Hang Art Work

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  • When hanging two or more art works together, such as pictures, tapestries and figurative art pieces,  divide the wall in thirds vertically and position the art within the lower two-thirds.
  • In hallways and entries or " corridors", hang  wall art at average standing eye level, about 5' 6" from the floor.
  • For a large piece, hang the large piece so the center of the piece is about 5' from the floor.
  • When hanging two or more art works  together, such as pictures, tapestries and busy art pieces, divide the wall in thirds and position the art vertically within the lower two-thirds.
  • In living and dining rooms you are likely to be seated, hang art wall  closer to sitting eye level.
  • Allow at least 6' when hanging art directly above a sofa or  dining table. It should be high enough to avoid crowding the furniture, so leave enough space between the sofa and the art work, yet low enough to enjoy the full effect.


  • Generally, large works of art balance large pieces of furniture and vice versa, but don't be afraid to mix things up.
  • A straight line isn't always desirable: Try hanging several works above a  sofa with a curved back, following the curve in positioning the art.
  • When grouping , wall art separate them by at least 2".
  • An odd-numbered grouping (3, 5, etc.) tends to be more pleasing to the eye then a symmetrical even-numbering arrangement.

Where to HAMMER

  • Decide where you want to hang the  wall decor.
  • Do not forget to account for the drop of the wire
  • Measure artwork to locate its center.
  • Mark the wall where you want the hanger..
  • For a grouping arrange all the pieces first in an area, then follow the sketch.
  • Use the appropriate hangers for the  weight of the  wall art. A large or heavy piece may require two hangers, so use a carpenter's level o " squadron" to make sure they are aligned. Use wall studs or special drywall hangers for added strength and security. It is recommended to use masonry screws for brick walls, and molding hooks for plaster walls. To hang art work from picture-rail molding (near the ceiling, typically in older homes), use molding hooks, S-hook hardware, and a decorative chain or cording or ask . Make sure you use the correct hangers for the appropriate weight.

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