You’ve found the painting that you love, congratulations! Now which wall do you hang it on? And HOW do you hang it? Is there one right way to hang a picture? I don’t think so.

Measuring is necessary so that you limit the number of holes in your walls. Using the right nail or hanging system will ensure that your piece will stay on the wall and can handle the weight of your art.

Some people are awesome at ‘eyeballing’ it. And I have to admit I’ve done that quite a few times, just don’t look behind the paintings at the extra holes.

L' tape on the walls the size of the art

L’ tape on the walls the size of the art

Here are a few tips to help pick the best wall for your piece.

If you have another person to help you, it’s great to have them hold the piece up against the wall while you stand back and take a look at it and then you can switch places to get their opinion too. Do this in a few places to get the feel of it.

Another way I use to help me decide is to use painters tape. Cut two pieces of tape and put them together to make a capital ‘L’. Create 4 of these ‘L’s’. Now, as if framing the painting, use them to mark the four corners of the painting on the wall.  See example. This really helps with visualization and won’t mark up your walls. Sometimes you can get away with leaning a painting on a table or mantel over the fireplace.

How to hang your Painting

Here are some tips that I use to hang my work. You’ll need measuring tape, nails or hanging system, hammer a pencil and eraser.

  1. Measure the top of the painting and mark on the wall the center at the top
  2. Measuring the distance between the most taut of the wire and the top of the painting

    Measuring the distance between the most taut of the wire and the top of the painting

    Take your tape measure and hook it on the wire on the back of your painting in the center (as if the measuring tape hook is the nail that would hold your painting up on the wall). Now measure the distance from the taut hook to the top of the painting. This is where your nail will go. Mark that distance directly beneath the other pencil mark you made earlier. Then erase your first pencil mark

  3. Picking a nail. Make sure to pick a hanging system that can accommodate the weight of your painting. If you are only using a nail, make sure to hammer it in at a 45 degree angle. If you are using a traditional painting hook, make sure to place the hook part (not the nail part) on the second hole you made. The nail will now be higher than second pencil mark.

    Pick the right size nails and hooks to handle the weight of your painting

    Pick the right size nails and hooks to handle the weight of your painting

  4. hanging the picture. Don't forget to remove the tape!, and you’re done!

    hanging the picture. Don’t forget to remove the tape!, and you’re done!

    Now hang your art!

 

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I am a Chicago based artist working in acrylics, spray paint and mixed media. My work genres are generally word art, inspirational, powerful women themes, and Judaica.

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