Tips for hanging frames

Monday, July 5, 2010

  • Artwork should never be hung in direct sunlight or ultraviolet lighting, even if the piece has UV protective glass.
  • Never hang valuable work in humid areas or near a direct heat source. i.e. washrooms and kitchens.
  • Always use 2 hooks when hanging larger pieces, this helps keep it straight and provides more stability.
  • Plugs and screws should be used for very heavy pieces, or if possible find a stud.
  • When hanging a group of frames usually an odd number will look best.
  • Frames should be hung at eye level; usually about 5.5 feet from the floor, but this will change from room to room. Always consider whether the viewer will be sitting or standing.
  • To avoid unnecessary holes in the wall, cut out pieces of paper in the same sizes as the frames you want to hang (newspaper works well). Use masking tape to arrange the paper on the wall; this will help you decide on the appropriate layout.
  • Think about the proportions of furniture and walls, larger scale rooms require larger frames to keep a sense of balance.

Have any other tips for hanging frames? I would love to hear them, please leave a comment!


  1. Sharron Hodgson says:

    Thanks for all the tips…..some are common sense…but perhaps not to everyone….but there were still a few that found very useful…..especially about cutting out templates and taping them to the wall first……great tip!

  2. admin says:

    I’m glad you found it helpful!

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