How to Perfectly Hang Pictures and Wall Art

Written by
Rosanna Jones
Published on
January 2, 2024

Once you've got the your new piece of wall art the next question is how do you select the right position for your art and mount it safely on the wall. This three step guide will make sure your new wall decor transforms your walls.

Step One: Select the position of the wall art

When you are selecting where your framed print is going to be mounted it's important to take into account the heigh you want your art to be and how the art the will look at different times of day as the lighting changes.

When choosing the height for your art here are out useful rules of thumb:

Hanging on a blank wall: Make sure the middle of your artwork is 150cm off the floor - this will mean it is at eye level for most people.

Hanging above a sofa or bit of furniture: Leave at least 25cm between the top of the furniture and the bottom of the artwork. Always centre the artwork along the length of the sofa unless you're creating a gallery wall.

Hanging above a fireplace: If you're hanging your art above a fireplace we suggest having the middle of the artwork equally spaced between mantle and the ceiling. If you're likely to have candles on the fireplace then make sure you leave enough space for the flame not to be near the artwork.

Step Two: Selecting the best way to mount your artwork on the wall

When it comes to mounting your wall art there are several methods to choose from. The main things to take into account when choosing the right one for you are: are you able to mark the walls, how heavy is the artwork and what material is the wall made from.

Nails or Screws
Suitability: Ideal for most framed artworks.
Process: Hammer a nail or screw into the wall where you want to hang the art. Ensure the nail or screw is appropriate for the wall type (drywall, plaster, brick, etc.).
Best For: Light to medium-weight frames.

Picture Hooks

Suitability: Best for drywall and plaster.
Process: These hooks come in various sizes and are hammered into the wall. They distribute weight more evenly and are less damaging than nails.
Best For: Medium-weight frames.

Adhesive Strips and Hooks
Suitability: Ideal for renters or those who prefer not to damage walls.
Process: These adhesive products stick to the wall and can hold varying weights, as specified by the manufacturer. They're easy to remove without leaving marks.
Best For: Lighter frames and unframed canvases.

Rail Systems
Suitability: Great for homes with frequently changing displays or where it is not possible to drill into the wall. Also ideal for period homes which have a picture rail installed.
Process: Install a rail along the top of the wall. Hang wires or cords from the rail, adjusting them to the desired height.
Best For: All types of art; allows for easy rearrangement without damaging walls.

Picture Ledges
Suitability: For a flexible display option.Process: Install a narrow shelf or ledge and simply place art pieces on it. This allows for easy swapping and rearranging.
Best For: Unframed canvases, framed art, and small sculptures.

Standoff Bolts
Suitability: Modern, industrial look; best for acrylic or metal prints.
Process: These bolts hold the artwork a small distance away from the wall, creating a floating effect. Installation involves drilling holes in both the wall and artwork.
Best For: Heavier pieces that can be drilled into.

French Cleat
Suitability: For heavy, large artwork or mirrors.
Process: Consists of two interlocking pieces of wood or metal. One piece attaches to the wall, and the other to the back of the artwork. When placed together, they provide a secure hold.
Best For: Very heavy or large frames.

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