How To Hang Your Artwork and Not Screw It Up

   Most galleries hang their art at average eye level, about 58 " high. The center of the artwork, not the top of the piece, should be at that height. This means you need to do some math: Measure the distance between the wire and the top of the frame, and measure the height of the art and divide it in half.

 

   Always hang an artwork at 58" on center. Confused? "On center" means that the middle of the artwork is always at 58" (obviously, the hook will be higher). Interestingly, the 58" standard represents the average human eye-height and that's why regularly used as a standard in many galleries and museums.

 

58" On Center

 

   In addition to being a pleasing height, the 58" on center tends to be a lot lower than most people naturally hang their artwork. People hang things too high (I don't know why people do this!). It also means that your artwork is going to hang in closer proximity to the other elements of your home, such as furniture, rugs, lighting, etc and will therefore "talk" to everything better and have a closer relationship, which is GOOD.

In addition, I have discovered is that if you stick to this standard, you create a harmony among ALL the pictures in your home, as they will all share a midline as you look around your home, no matter what outside dimensions may be. This creates harmony and is also VERY GOOD.

 

Step by Step

 

1. Measure and lightly mark 58" 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 58" your hook should go
5. Lightly mark wall just above 58" with the "to the hook" amount 

Example: 
1. Let say painting is 40" tall
2. Middle is at 20" (this mid point should rest at 58")
3. Wire comes to 2" below the top 
4. Subtract 20" - 2" = 18"
5. and lightly mark 18" above your first mark or 76" on the wall

 

   Though this may seem complicated to read, it is quite simple when you do it. The thing to always remember is that the CENTER of all your pictures are hanging at the same 58", and you are just figuring out where the hook goes above it.

 

Group of pictures.

 

   This 58" also applies to groups of pictures. Think of a group as ONE picture. After you arrange how you want them all to hang (doing this on the floor makes it easier), start with the center picture/pictures and get them at 58" on center. Then surround them with the rest of the group.

Framing - it is very important

Framing a stretched canvas is quite different from framing a picture, since it does not require glass or a frame with a back cover. You can buy all of the materials to frame your canvas at an art supply or craft store. Below I provide some ideas, but all my paiting can can be hang w/o frames, however if you want more luxury look I highly reccomend frame it. Please contact me if you need help to do it.

 

What style to frame:

http://www.pictureframes.com/Canvas-Picture-Frames

http://www.americanframe.com/departments/wood-picture-frames/wood-picture-frame-styles/canvas-depth-wood-frames.aspx

 

How to frame:

http://www.wikihow.com/Frame-a-Canvas

 

 

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