The Three Measurements You Need to Know When Hanging Artwork

updated Mar 31, 2023
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It seems easy enough. Grab a hook and a hammer and get to work. But there’s definitely a bit of a science to hanging artwork properly. With these three key measurements as a starting point, you can’t really go wrong.

57″ – 60″ The Ideal Height for Art on a Wall

This first figure tells you that the center of your piece should be around 57 inches (or a bit more) from the floor. If you’re hanging a gallery wall with many photos, try to find the visual center of the arrangement and work from there (you did map it all out on the floor ahead of time, right?).

3″ – 6″: How Far Apart to Hang Pictures/Art

This second figure suggests that there should be 3 to 6 inches of room between frames in a gallery or salon wall. Any less, and the arrangement becomes too crowded. Too much space and the frames lose their relationship to each other.

6″ – 8″: The Ideal Distance Between the Bottom Edge of Art and the Top Edge of Furniture

The last number is a guideline that keeps your artwork grounded around your furniture, such as the headboard or the back of the sofa. This figure might come at odds with the first, especially if you have very low-profile furniture. In that case, I suggest you find a happy balance, bringing the center height of the art down to sit closer to the top of the furniture in the room.

The fine print? You can absolutely break these rules anytime you’d like. I’ve seen some really compelling gallery walls where the frames touch each other. And in rooms where the eye level of the main inhabitants is raised or lowered for any reason (because they’re seated on very low furniture or because they’re children) the artwork can move up or down accordingly.