Hanging Art: The What, Where and How

Hanging Art: The What, Where and How

Hanging art that you love could be tricky most of the time as you find ways where to hang it perfectly. But let's take your worries away as we show you how to find the best spot, and get the sucker on the wall!

When choosing art to print you may have already considered where in your home you are making or hanging art piece particularly where your canvas print will be going. If you didn’t and you just ordered some art out of pure spontaneity, I appreciate that; you little rebel, you.

Okay you probably have some kind of rough idea about where to hang your artwork,whether it’s ‘above the bed’, ‘in the porch’ or ‘behind the sofa’. You may have used this rough idea to decide what size and shape to order to print in too, which is great! But that’s still not specific enough to help you actually hang the thing.

Before You Start

Before we start all that measuring business, make sure you’ve got the right tools for the job, or you’ll be left for days with pencil scrawlings on the walls while you try to remember to visit the DIY store....

You'll need:

  • A measuring tape
  • A pencil
  • A level
  • A hammer
  • Painting hooks (or drywall/concrete anchors depending on the weight of your print and the type of wall it’s going on)
  • A pipe & live­-wire detector (while not absolutely necessary, if you’re hanging in a kitchen or bathroom and using anchors, you may want to check where you’re hammering first!)

Prepping the Print

All of our canvas prints come ready to hang with string already attached, so you don’t really have to do anything to prepare it! However, if you’re buying prints from elsewhere, here’s a great video tutorial  on how to add your own wire/string.

Making the Mark

You don’t need me to tell you that things should be nicely centred in the space, either centred above a piece of furniture, or centred to a wall. But when it comes to what height to hang your piece, are you just using guess­work?

Hanging art: Hanging artwork too high up on the wall

Hanging art too high up on the wall example from StyleByEmilyHenderson

Hanging artwork too high up on the wall is a very common mistake, and some people may not even realise they’ve made that mistake. What you may not know is there is a simple, universal guide you can use:

A standard eye level height of between 57 and 60 inches from the ground to the centre of the print is a golden rule to work to! However, there are exceptions:

  • If your artwork will be hanging above a piece of furniture, 57” may be too low or high, so a guideline of between 6 to 10 inches above that piece may fit the room better.
  • If the print is going in a room that is mostly for sitting, you may want to hang your piece a little lower to reflect the average eye level in that room (not too low though!)
  • If it’ll be hanging in a child’s room, again it’s best to hang a little lower for their eye level
Hanging art: Example of a good height above the sofa

Hanging art: Example of a good height above the sofa from KerrisDaleDesign

Once you know the measurement from the ground to the centre of the print, it’s time to do some maths.

Measure the height of your print and divide it by two; then add that number to your ‘eye level height’ (let’s say 57”). Next, get your artwork and measure the height between the top of the canvas and the centre of the wire/string when it is pulled tightly upwards; this might be something like 2 inches. Subtract this from your other height number and this is the height where you need to make a pencil mark and add your picture hook.

Eye level height: 57”
Canvas height: 12” (divided by two = 6”)
Difference between top of canvas & wire: 2”

Picture hook final height: 57” + (6” ­ 2”) = 61” above ground

Final Steps

Carefully knock in your picture hook or anchor as per the instructions that come with them, and you’re ready to hang!

Getting the print to sit totally straight can be a bit tricksy, so feel free to use a level and/or a patient family member to get rid of any lopsided-­ness!

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