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What height to hang artwork on the wall?

Have yo ever wondered about what height you should hang your artwork on the wall?

Have you purchased some beautiful works of art but still have them leaning on the wall or tucked away under the bed as the thought of hanging them is just too hard?

Have you delayed hanging your artworks because you can’t make up your mind what height or where to hang them?

Here are some tips to help you out, so you can start hanging your treasured artworks with confidence and a bit of know-how.

Using Australian Bureau of Statistics In 2011-12, the average Australian adult sight line is approx 160 cm so this is a great starting point.

Then you need to do a bit of household research.

If you have a household of above or below average height residents, you may want to physically measure your eyeline heights and get an average and use this for your starting point. This will make the viewing of your artwork more aligned to your household.

Our intent here, is to create an anchor for the viewer’s sight. This will be the center point of your artwork.

So now that you have established your optimum sight line height we can start.

Choose a wall and decide whether this wall is going to have a single artwork or multiple artworks.

You have now established the height that the center point of the artwork should be hung at. Mark it out with a soft pencil before starting. Measure twice, hang once!

If you are planning on hanging multiple artworks treat all the artworks as 1. So if you are hanging 2 artworks one above the other , use the total area of the paintings to get your center point. 

If you’re hanging your art above furniture, it can be 10-15 cm above the highest point of the furniture, don’t go too much higher as the artwork will get lost in the space..

Always consider the scale of your wall space and room when hanging art. Sometimes using a larger work is simpler to fill in space when you don’t have much wall space to use.

Then measure and mark out the center line of each artwork with a soft pencil. Use a pencil that can easily be wiped off after.

If you are hanging 3 or more artworks, make sure they are only spaced 2-6 cm apart depending on the size of the artwork so they look like a group. Also consider your group to have similar themed subjects or colour or consistent framing.

If you are still feeling a bit hesitant about the position of your artwork/s, actually draw the real size shape of your artwork on the wall using your soft pencil to consider its position first, another trick is to use paper cutouts of your artwork size and blu-tack this to the wall first. This is a great way to visualize the location of of your artwork on the wall.

Make sure you investigate what type of wall you are hanging your artwork on before you start drilling!

If you are the sort of person that loves there artwork and wants to rotate works regularly, investing in an art track is a great way to go. That way you can move your works around easily as the mood suits without having to put multiple fixing points in your walls.

Good luck with hanging your next next artwork.


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