How you hang your artwork can make a huge difference. We find it's best to hang single artwork at eye level, and 60 inches from center to the floor is the magic number. If you're hanging your art above furniture, it can be 4-6 inches above the piece. If the art is going above a sofa or console, the piece should be approximately 2/3 width of the furniture. Hanging a picture is about as DIY as many homeowners get. But although it may seem easy, hanging a picture properly is much more than a haphazard task. Here are five favorite tips for taking a one-hole approach to hanging a picture on the wall.
1. Don’t eyeball it! If you’re hanging multiple pieces of artwork, you need to figure out how they’ll work together before you start making holes. My recommendation is to make a template. Use newsprint or butcher paper to create true-scale templates of your frames, then use painter’s tape to figure out the best arrangement.
2. Don’t use nails: A single nail hammered into drywall is not stable enough to support much weight, so invest in the right hardware. My go-to options are self-tapping threaded anchors and screws, which provide a wider balance point without using wire. I’ve also used steel, hooked wire hangers to great success.
3. Use math: If you purposefully stagger art so nobody can tell that your frames are not straight, fear not. A little math will enable to hang series of perfectly spaced art works. You can just plug your dimensions into the calculator and be good to go (no fancy equations required).
Here is a step by step for the best-ever picture hanging tip.
1) Find a piece of wood (I used a ruler – but it can be anything). Drive a nail into the piece of wood until the end pokes through the other side and then hammer no further. We’ll call this Nail A.
2) Take your picture frame and let it hang off of Nail A, while you are holding the “ruler". You may need to support the frame with your other hand. (You’ll be keeping the picture frame on Nail A until Step #5.)
3) Determine where you would like to hang your picture on the wall.
4) Then, with your picture frame in place against the wall, give a gentle press on the frame where the picture hook and Nail A are. You will be leaving a small indentation in the drywall from Nail A.
5) Remove the frame from the Nail A and the “ruler.” Nail A will remain in your “ruler” for good.
6) Find the indentation on the wall and hammer a new nail (Nail B) into the wall and hang your picture. The idea is to create a portable hanger on which to suspend your picture, so that measuring and marking drill holes becomes significantly easier. So brilliant, you should make two!
HINT: Use a sticky note to capture dust. Since hanging artwork is usually a task done in a finished room, it can create drywall, plaster, or concrete dust on your carpet, floors, or furniture. So just use this little tip: Add a simple, folded Post-It underneath your marked hole to collect most of the dust made from your pilot hole. Genius, right? Also, know and bring your measurements and type of wall surface to a hardware store and someone can help to choose the best type of anchor/screw to use for your space.
Here is a great "How to Video" from Lowe's that covers everything Tap Here https://www.lowes.com/n/how-to/hang-pictures-on-a-wall " If you want loads more information, this is a great video from Lowe's that covers all the bases.
Once you have decided where you want to hang your art Wayfair has great tips on hanging your art on all types of wall structure material. Tap here How to Hang a Picture Perfectly
Really heavy stuff: this is a great how-to from Ashanging, just Tap here www.ashanging.com
More tips on hanging art: Check out The Spruce Make your best home, just Tap here The Spruce. Scroll down to see all the goodies on how to from "How to hang a picture" to "Wow Worthy Gallery Wall Tips"!
Command strips: are an excellent alternative for damage-free hanging, just consult the weight limits carefully.
On a stairwell / up really high: Hire a pro, it typically can run about $150-$250 to have someone come out and is well worth the peace of mind that the piece is hung securely and safely.