Dining Room NE NewWe always know we’re done with moving once our pictures are hung. That motivates us to get that done. Every house we’ve lived in, we’ve organized our art collection in a different way, giving each home a unique appearance. Here’s some tips we’ve learned over time for hanging pictures.

Supplies You Will Need

  • Newspaper
  • Hammer
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • Tape Measure
  • Picture Hooks

A Single Picture on a Wall

Kristen with the Celebrate Every Day With Me blog has the best tip for hanging¬†a single¬†picture here. This is the best tip I’ve ever seen for marking the right place for the nail hole. Try it … you’re welcome.

Hanging Several Pictures Together

Get it just right by cutting out a template of each picture frame on newspaper. You can also mark on the template where the nail hole(s) is for each frame. Then arrange the templates on the wall at the right height for your furniture and the right space in between each, then start nailing holes. Pull down the templates, and your art goes up easy peasy. Here’s a great illustration of that procedure by Young House Love blog.

The Right Picture Hook

Now that I’ve said “nail” several times in this blog post, I’ll say get the right hardware. You want to use something that will hold the weight of the art without leaving a large hole in the wall. We like picture hooks, but everyone has their personal favorite. Definitely invest in the right hardware. We love wire hangers on our art that we hook right on our hardware. Our least favorite is art framed with a hook on either side of the frame – more about that below.

Measuring

Sometimes you center your art on a wall, sometimes you center it over a piece of furniture, and other times you group several pieces of art in the same place. That said, you need to hang your art where the center of the picture is at eye level for a normal person, usually 57 to 60 inches. Then you’ll know exactly where to hang the picture. Then use your level to make sure the picture is straight – especially if the picture requires to hangers on opposite sides of the frame.