The Rules of Thumb for Hanging Paintings

The Rules of Thumb for Hanging Paintings

There are a few rules meant for hanging art meant to simplify the process and get those paintings hung quicker! Here is a step-by-step guide to help you hang your art perfectly:

  1. Choose the Right Wall: Before hanging artwork, choose the wall where you want to display it. Consider the lighting, size of the wall, and whether the artwork will complement the surrounding decor.

  2. Measure the Wall and the Art: Measure the wall space where you want to hang your artwork and then measure the artwork itself. This will help you determine how much space you need to fill and how large the artwork should be.

  3. Choose the Right Placement: Decide where you want to hang the artwork on the wall. Generally, it is best to place the center of the artwork at eye level, about 57-60 inches from the floor. However, if you are hanging art above furniture, the bottom of the frame should be 6-12 inches above the furniture.

  4. Prepare the Artwork: Before hanging the artwork, ensure that it is ready for display. Check that the frame is secure and that the hanging wire or hook is properly attached.

  5. Mark the Placement: Use a pencil or painter's tape to mark the placement of the artwork on the wall. This will allow you to adjust the placement without leaving any permanent marks.

  6. Use the Right Hardware: Choose the right hardware based on the weight and size of the artwork. For smaller pieces, picture hooks or adhesive strips can be used, while larger pieces may require anchors and screws.

  7. Hang the Artwork: Once you have the right hardware, hang the artwork on the wall using a level to ensure it is straight. Be sure to test the stability of the artwork before letting go.

  8. Adjust Placement if Necessary: Step back and assess the placement of the artwork. Make any necessary adjustments to ensure it is level and centered.

By following these steps, you can hang your artwork and ensure that it looks perfect on your wall!
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