How To Hang A Picture At Eye Level
When it comes to how to hang a picture many of you have probably heard the rule about hanging art at “eye level”, right? But whose eye level does that apply to?
Whenever the art is hung too high, it was usually a guy who hung it. Why? Because they’re taller. So, if you’re 5’5″ tall and living with someone who is 6′ (not necessarily a guy) chances are the eye level is going to differ.
How To Hang A Picture Correctly 101
Here is a simple rule of thumb for how to hang a picture when you’re decorating those precious walls:
- Place the centerpoint of the art 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 find the centerpoint of the art piece measure the full height of the piece (if framed include the frame in the measurement) and divide by 2. Then measure the full width of the piece and divide by 2. The point at which these measurements intersect is the centerpoint of the art piece.
- Mark the wall at 60″-63″ (Let’s call this your “wall mark 1”)
- Find the centerpoint of the art using the instructions above
- You will need to take into consideration the slack/excess in the picture wire/hanging wire.
- Place the picture face down on a steady surface.
- Grab the attached hanging wire and pull up tautly and mark the spot where the wire is at its highest and tautest point.
- Measure from the centerpoint of the picture to that spot
- Add that measurement to your “wall mark 1” to create “wall mark 2”
- Place your nail or hook at “wall mark 2”
Note: if the hook you are using does not line up with “wall mark 2” then you will need to add the additional measurement of the hook to “wall mark 2” or else the picture will hang too low.
It may sound more complicated than what it is. Once you get going you’ll be able to figure it out.
For any questions about how to hang a picture you can always contact me.
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