So you’ve found the perfect piece, and you know the perfect place… But do you know the perfect height? While there are no absolutes in how or where to hang art, there are some general rules that can help you ensure your pieces are placed for optimal viewing.
- First, get an idea of how you will place your art, whether you’re hanging a single piece or a small group – or an entire gallery wall. Plan it out with paper cutouts laid out on a large floor space, or tack cutouts to the wall where you’re planning to hang your art.
- Measure, Measure, Measure. The general height and placement recommendation is to set the top of your lowest piece at 58 inches above the floor. If you add other artwork, leave two inches (or more, depending on the look you’re going for, just be consistent) around each frame on all sides. If there’s furniture against the wall you’re designing (say a lower sofa or buffet table), try placing the bottom of the lowest picture 6 to 8 inches above the top of the piece of furniture. Keep in mind that these are general recommendations – be sure to create your layout based on what’s best for YOU!
- Safety First – and Last! Finally, be sure that you use strong and secure hardware to hang your framed items. The safety and security of your art (and the people around it!) often depends on using the right hardware for you piece, as well as ensuring proper installation.