How to Calculate the Proper Height for Hanging Pictures on Your Wall

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If you plan to hang a group of pictures, arrange the prints so that the center of the arrangement is at eye level.

If you wish, you can deviate from the formula when hanging artwork above a couch. Your sofa and picture will connect better if the top of the couch sits 6 to 9 inches from the bottom of the frame.

You'll appreciate your picture more if you use the standard gallery formula.

For maximum enjoyment of your pictures and prints, art galleries suggest that patrons hang all artwork at eye level at home. The top of the frame shouldn't fall at eye level; rather, the exact center of the print should stand at eye level. Homeowners have a tendency to place art much too high. If you're taller or shorter than average, calculate the ideal hanging height by following the same guidelines that art galleries use. By sticking to the formula throughout your home, all of your pictures will seem to flow from room to room.


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Step 1

Measure the height of your picture from top to bottom. Divide the answer by two.

Step 2

Measure the distance between the top of the frame and the peak of the hanging wire when drawn taut.

Step 3

Subtract the answer from Step 2 from your answer in Step 1.

Step 4

Add 60 inches to your answer from Step 3, and mark this point on the wall, measuring up from the floor. This spot marks where you will position your screw or hook to hang the picture.



Jill Arens

Jill Arens has been a journalist since 2007. She brings expertise in legal topics, drawing on years of work in the court system. Arens received her Bachelor of Science in communications and psychology and was honored by her college with the Outstanding Student in Communications Award.