How To Hang A Picture
The best way to hang pictures
Hanging a picture, print or a framed photo is such a good way of adding an individual finishing touch to a room. It makes a real statement, and helps a house feel like a home. Hanging a picture on a wall is a simple enough task, but there are a few guidelines you should follow in order to get the maximum impact from your new artwork.
What is the proper height to hang a picture?
Where you choose to put your picture is entirely a matter of personal preference, but the positioning will be influenced by the amount and type of furniture in the room, and the lighting in the room.
The middle of your picture should roughly be at eye level, which averages at 57-60 inches high. If you’re hanging a single piece on a wall, then the middle of the wall (from side to side) is the best place to put it. But you may need to adjust the positioning if you’re hanging the picture above furniture.
How do I hang multiple pictures?
Having a gallery wall is an excellent way to put some creativity into your display, but positioning multiple pictures can be tricky. A good rule of thumb is to place the first picture at eye level and work from there, keeping the prints evenly spaced from each other. It helps to map out your gallery wall in advance, using pieces of paper as templates for each picture. This is particularly useful if you’re hanging frames of different sizes at different heights.
How do I hang a picture on plasterboard?
The type of fixings you use to hang a picture will depend on its size and weight, and the type of wall you have. If you have a lightweight picture then a simple two-pin picture hook will suffice, providing the plaster is in good condition.
If you want to hang a heavier picture, you will need a stud detector to locate the studs (vertical wooden beams) and noggins (horizontal wooden beams) behind the plasterboard. Driving the fixings into the stud provides much more security for a heavy painting or print. It’s possible to hang a heavier picture into plasterboard that’s in good condition if you use the right fixing, such as a hollow wall anchor or a self-drill screw.
How do I hang a picture on a brick wall?
If you wanted to hang a picture without nails it’s sometimes more convenient, and less messy, to hang a picture using strong adhesive strips. These work particularly well on bare brick walls. Adhesive strips are ideal for lighter frames and pictures such as canvas prints. They can usually bear weights of up to 6.5kg, but check the manufacturer’s instructions first.