Picture hanging - at the correct height

tape measure

Art that is hung too high on a wall is a common mistake. There's no relationship to the furniture and it requires you to tilt your head way back to look at the piece of art. Picture frames should therefore be hung about 8" from the back of your couch or sofa.

Another common rule is to hang art / frames at eye level. But what is the best exact height to hang a picture? Some people are bigger than others, so whose eye level should you use? Moreover and every work of art comes in a different size, is there a different way to handle hanging a large picture frame than a small one?

A simple rule of thumb to hanging art at the right height is to place the center of the art object at 60″ to 63″ above the floor. From there you can adjust accordingly for the overall height of the ceiling or height of the furniture over which the art will hang. This measurement provides a great base-line starting point and a good foundation to hang your art at the correct height.

Of course you can find the centerpoint of your frame by dividing the full height and full width by two. The point at which these two measurements intersect is the centerpoint.

Use a tape measure to hang your art correctly, it’s an invaluable tool!

And of course use one of our picture hanging systems to save your wall from drilling holes and driving nails into them! You can move your art around until you’re completely satisfied with the way it is arranged on your wall. Never damage your wall again…use STAS picture rail!

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