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Hanging Your Artwork
Posted by Kenny on 11/16/2007 4:10:42 PM (ET)
Filed Under: Décor & Home Improvement
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Generally speaking, artwork should be hung so that the center point of the picture or grouping is at about eye level for the average person. This is not a rule and won't be possible in every situation, it's a good tip to remember. Note: In the United States, the average female is 5 feet, 3.75 inches (1.62 meters) tall and the average male is 5 feet, 9 inches (1.75 meters) tall.

If you are going to hang more than one artwork together, remember that a grouping of pictures should be thought of as one unit. Before you start hammering away and ruining your new paint, try to visualize the artwork(s) on the wall, get a helping hand from your partner or friend, or if you are a gadget freak, you can use your digital camera and Photoshop™ to virtually hang your artwork(s). This can be done by taking photographs of your wall area where you want to hang your artwork(s) and your artworks(s), then cropping your artworks and overlaying on the area where you want to hang them. This will require some photo editing skills! See example below:

Original photo of the room from digital camera.
Final & cropped photo of Douglas Hofmann, Red Sash.
Resized artwork placed on the wall with a drop shadow. Now it's hammer time!

Wait! Before you start hammering, get a measure tape, pencil, a piece of paper, and follow these simple steps to hang your artwork(s) properly:

  1. Measure & record the distance between the wire on the back of your artwork at full tension and the top of the frame
  2. Measure & record the height of your frame and divide the result in half
  3. From the floor, measure up the wall to 60" (average eye-level) and make a pencil mark
  4. From the mark, measure upward the distance recorded in step 2 and make a second light pencil mark
  5. From this mark, measure downward the distance recorded in step 1 and make your final mark
  6. Place nail and hanger here. Make sure to use appropriate size hanger, If in doubt, use 2 hangers or contact your sales representative at

That's it, your done!

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