How to Hang Art

by kathyregini | Comments Off on How to Hang Art

Here is a great tip that makes picture hanging a simple, gratifying task.

Always hang your artwork at 57″ on center.

“On center” means that the middle of the artwork is always at 57″ (the hook will be higher). It represents the average human eye-height and is regularly used as a standard in many galleries and museums.

If you stick to this standard, you create harmony among ALL the pictures in your home, as they will all share a midline, no matter what outside dimensions may be.


Step By Step:

  1. Measure and lightly mark 57″ on the wall
  2. Measure artwork and divide by 2 (this gives you the center)
  3. Measure top of your picture to the tightened wire (a small amount)
  4. Subtract “tight wire” amount from 1/2 height amount for the “to the hook” amount. This will tell you how far above 57″ your hook should go
  5. Lightly mark wall just above 57″ with the “to the hook” amount


  1. Picture is 20″ tall
  2. Middle is at 10″ (this mid point should rest at 57″)
  3. Wire comes to 2″ below the top
  4. 10″ – 2″ = 8″
  5. Lightly mark 8″ above your first mark OR 65″ on the wall

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