Here are some tips that I have learned over the years by watching and learning from some of the best professional art hangers in the business:
1. First make sure that your art is wired properly. It should be wired across the back toward the top of the piece. Most other hangers (combs or center D rings) will not keep your artwork straight.
2. Use the proper hanging hardware. Do not use nails or J hooks. The ones that you should buy have "nails" that look like stud earrings. They come in different weight options and it is better to err on the heavier side.
3. On a standard 8' wall almost any piece of art is best hung at 5' (60") on center. First measure the overall height of the artwork and divide by two to find the center. Then subtract the distance of the wire from the top from that distance. If you add this number to 60" you will locate the height that your hangers should be placed on your wall.
4. Hang two hooks for pieces 12" or wider. The hooks should be placed about 1/2 of the width of the piece apart. So for an 18" piece your hooks should be 9" apart.
5. Level your artwork and stand back and admire your handiwork!
Avoid hanging art too high (these are also too far apart)!
|photo from www.freshome.com|
Small pieces hung in a more successful arrangement.
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