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How to hang artwork video tutorial

If you want a full primer, this is a great video from  Lowes that covers all the bases.


Step 1: Tools:

Tape measure

Pencil Level

Hammer + nail for small, lightweight pieces (8x10 or smaller)

Drill, bits, anchors, and screws for larger pieces

Step 2: Horizontal Measurement

How you hang your artwork can make a huge difference. The gallery standard is for the center of the piece to be at eye level: 57 inches. No matter the size of the work or the wall, this will feel right because it matches the average height.

To center a piece on the wall: Measure the width of the wall. Divide the width by 2  Draw a vertical line on the wall ( | ) at the center point, right at your eye level 

Weird Wall? Light switch or pipe in the way? In most cases, measure from edge to edge and ignore wall interruptions. Just be consistent on both sides. If there’s a big pipe or something on one side, center the piece between the edge of that dumb pipe and the other wall to make it feel balanced. 

Step 2: Vertical Measurement

A. Divide the height of your piece by 2

B. Measure the distance from the top of your piece to the hanger Note: If your work has a hanging wire, pull it up and taut (into a “frown” instead of its resting “smile”) and measure it from the center to get an accurate number.

C. Measure your center point: 57” is the standard Then, do the math! A - B + C(57) = Hammer here! Draw a horizontal line ( — ) through your vertical line to make a ( + ) on the wall. Now you’re ready to nail/screw!

Step 5: Hang it!

When in doubt, go with a heavy anchor/screw combo for typical drywall. But I always recommend consulting a pro—the size and weight of your piece + the type of surface = the best hanging hardware. Bring measurements and type with you to the hardware store, and someone can help you choose the best type of anchor/screw for your space. 

Common tricky surfaces: 

Plaster walls: don’t try a hammer and nail; you’ll need some special screws + hardware to prevent big holes. Here’s a handy how-to video.  Brick or stone: you’ll need masonry bits and proper screws and anchors for that material. Here’s a handy video for tips.  Big stuff: this is an excellent how-to from Lowes.  On a stairwell / up high: hire a pro. It is typically $100-$200 to have someone come out, and is well worth the peace of mind that the piece is hung securely.

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