HOW TO HANG ART AND PHOTO FRAMESApril 11, 2019
The thought of hanging a picture frame can be a little scary. Where should you hang it? How high should it be? How do you make sure it’s not wonky? With a million questions like these running through your head, there’s no wondering why so many of our walls are left bare. But rest assured, with our easy how-to hang artwork guide, you’ll be hanging frames in no time. Promise.
Find The Perfect Space
First up, you need to decide where to hang your frame. When selecting a spot, make sure you consider things like the size of the wall vs the size of the art, the style of the room vs the vibe of the print, what other artworks are already in the space, the colour of the art vs the colour of the room.
A good general rule to follow is that you never want your artwork to be larger than the piece of furniture it is hanging above, but at the same time you don’t want it too small and look like it is floating in the middle of the pacific ocean of walls. For example, in living area with a large wall space, don’t hang a small, single artwork above a sofa. Instead, make use of the entire wall with an oversized artwork or group smaller pieces pieced together in a gallery wall.
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Hook Up With The Perfect Hook
The hook your need will depend on how heavy your piece is and what type of wall you are hanging it on. If you are hanging a heavy picture on a plaster wall, it’s best to find a wall stud where you can securely anchor the wall hook. To find a wall stud, simply knock your knuckles along the wall until you feel and hear a solid backing. If you’re not sure whether or not there’s a stud where you want to hang your picture, use an electronic stud finder to get a more accurate answer.
If you don’t have a stud in the position where you want to hang your picture there are plenty of options for anchoring wall hooks into plaster walls, including hollow wall anchors or toggles that expand and spread the pressure when installed. You can find these in your local hardware store.
If you are hanging a light-weight frame, you can use a super-easy adhesive hook like these. Sticky hooks are pretty sophisticated these days and can usually be removed without damaging your paintwork, but always check the instructions first.
If your walls are brick, simply drill a hole with a masonry bit, hammer in a plastic wall plug or some expansion spaghetti and insert the screw.
If you want to hang your frame onto timber panelling, a simple nail, screw or picture hook straight into the timber should do the job.
Position Your Frame
When it comes to frame height, it’s simple - the centre of your piece should be at eye level. I know right – eye level of a tall or short person? Well to be safe and to cater to all friends small and tall, we recommend aiming for around 152cm from the ground. Don’t be tempted to hang things higher in rooms with high ceilings - the artwork needs to relate to human scale, not the room’s scale.
If you are hanging multiple pieces in a group or series, the idea is to treat them as one large piece in order to find the centre point. Then, position this centre point at eye level. You can then hang the rest of the pieces around this central artwork. If you want to learn more about creating your own gallery wall, check out our guide here .
Hang It Baby
Now that you’ve picked your wall, selected the right hook, it’s time to hang your frame. Woop woop!
Start by holding up your frame where you would like it to be on the wall (remember - eyelevel or 152cm from the ground). Make a light pencil mark along the top of the frame. Now hold the centre of the picture wire with your finger and measure the distance from your finger (at the apex of the wire) to the top of the frame. Record that number. Now, go to the centre of the first line you drew along the top of the frame and measure the same distance downward (ie. The distance you recorded from the wire to the top of the frame) and mark this spot. This is where your hook needs to be secured.
Attach your hook to the wall using a drill/hammer/adhesive hook (how you do this will depend on your hook type) then carefully hang the picture putting the centre of the wire over the hook.
Stand back and adjust until it's straight.