How To Set the Height for Hanging a Picture

How nice it is to decorate a room. The chandeliers suspended from the ceiling, the curtains, vases, jars and other adornments truly make a space a sight to behold. Picture frames especially create balance and give life to blank walls and hallways. They can make a drab looking corner breathe with artistry and color more so if the subject of the frame is a worthy topic for conversation. However, pictures must be properly hung in order to provide the right symmetry on a particular space. The height from which a picture is posted is important because it provides the vantage point from which it is viewed. For tips on setting the height for hanging a picture, read these tips:

  • Bring out the materials required for hanging a picture. You will use a hammer, screws, wall anchors, picture hanging hooks, nails and of course the picture frame itself. The sizes of the nails, hooks and screws must be in proportion to the size of the picture. Bigger frames naturally require larger screws and nails as well as wider wall space.
  • Measure the wall where you will hang the picture. Make sure the span of the wall is enough to accommodate the size of the picture you will hang. Take the length and height of the wall and get its area by multiplying both figures. The area should be at least fifty percent bigger than the size of the picture. Next, make a layout of the frame or frames and allocate them on their designated areas on the wall.
  • Determine the ideal height for the picture. Ordinarily, pictures must be hung at eye level. However you can employ some variations. In the world of modern art, anything goes for the artist as well as the viewers. If you want to follow convention, hang them at eye level. Galleries usually go for eye level because they want to give ease and comfort to the viewing public. Of course, no one would want to stoop down or to crane their necks just to get a good view of the picture. However, if you are hanging pictures at your home, you can go the modern way and deviate a little by hanging them just above or below eye level. It depends on the effect or perspective you wish to achieve. Some people like cramming their walls with pictures that can look quite artistic in a way. Others prefer to do it the usual way by setting the pictures few inches apart and at eye level.
  • Classify your frames accordingly. Segregate the frames by groups depending on the weight and material of the frames, the subject pictures and their sizes. Group the frames that go together following the classification you have set. For instance, family pictures should be in one group, nature pictures in another and so on. If you decide to hang small and big pictures together, place the big ones at the lower area and the small ones on top. Maintain balance by putting the small frames in one cluster and the bigger frames in another group.
  • Bore in the nails, screws or hooks on the wall. Use a hammer or screw driver to secure them in place. You need to estimate the distance from one screw to the other, taking into consideration the size of the picture to be hung.

Setting the height for hanging a picture is also determined by the height of the ceiling. With low ceilings, the pictures must be hung at a lower level so as not to emphasize the height of the ceiling. Also, the height of the people who will likely view the pictures must be taken into account.


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