How High Do I Hang Art Work?

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Home Stager with Diane Agnesi Interiors, LLC
A rule of thumb is to hang all pictures at 5'7" on center. This is eye level to the average human and is considered gallery height.

To do this measure 5'7" from the floor up. Mark here.

You want the picture centered on this height, so measure the picture from to to bottom, then divide that number in half.

Then, subject the difference between the hanging wire and the top of the frame and add that number to the mark at 5'7". That's when you put the picture hanging hook or pin.

It may look low because most people hang their pictures too high, so it will seem odd at first. Don't worry, it's correct!
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Rainmaker
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Debbie Malone
Londeree's Real Estate & Prop. Mgt - Lynchburg, VA
From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
Hi Diane, I always hung my pictures way too high as well til I took the ASP course and they taugh the same thing. I just didn't know!
February 01, 2008 05:48 PM #1
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David Spencer
Keller Williams Team Realty - Bloomingdale, IL
Chicago Area Commercial-Residential R.E.
The proper height is eye-level of the property owner. For museums, its the eye level of the average height of the human today. Some museums still think its 1900.
February 01, 2008 05:50 PM #2
Rainmaker
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Gary Barnett
Home Matters - Indianapolis, IN
Home Matters Property Stylist Group, Indianapolis
Middle of the art piece should be at eye level.
February 01, 2008 06:00 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Melissa Marro
Watson Realty Corp - Saint Augustine, FL
St Augustine, St Johns, Ponte Vedra

I was taught (and have seen in other sources) 60" on center.... unless anchoring over something like a piece of furniture or chair rail - then it is 6-9". 

Whether you use 60" on center or 67" on center (your measurement) it is still significantly lower than most people think it is! 

February 01, 2008 06:02 PM #4
Rainmaker
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Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

Thank you for the info!  That is very helpful and I will be able to use this info soon.

Michael A. Caruso

February 01, 2008 06:06 PM #5
Rainer
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Epcon Communities Epcon Columbia
Epcon Columbia, SC - Columbia, SC
I always wondered this, now I know.  While there is conflicting information out there, it does seem to all makes sense together.  Thanks!
February 01, 2008 06:10 PM #6
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Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

You know, I was asked this very question just the other day.  While I don't measure, I've somehow managed to get it to the height you've mentioned.   And you're right, most will hang them too high.

Thanks so much for sharing this information. 

Kathy

February 01, 2008 06:14 PM #7
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Diane Agnesi
Diane Agnesi Interiors, LLC - Wadsworth, OH
As I said, it's a Rule of Thumb. Stagers get asked all the time and it's an easily understood answer.  Thanks for the comments.
February 01, 2008 06:30 PM #8
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Fernando Rosado
West Palm Beach, FL
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Heres my 2 cents worth . My rule is not to follow rules. I place the pictures were I feel they look better, theres usually odd spaces and so forth and it might look good in an unconventional way. So I guess it depends on the space
February 01, 2008 07:25 PM #9
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Yvonne Root
rooms b.y. root - Prescott, AZ
Home Stager - Northern Arizona
Diane, The great part about knowing a rule, even when it is a rule of thumb, is that you can break the rule and still make it work. Another thing that happens is that some generations decide to change the rules all together. For instance we tend to mix florals with stripes and plaids. My Grannie would have croaked at the notion. I too, (usually) follow your rule about hanging art. 
February 01, 2008 07:45 PM #10
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Terrylynn Fisher
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Rules are good when all else fails.  So, if it works, do it, and if it doesn't try something else.  Your intuition will tell you.  I generally use the rule, but occasionally just have to tweek it.  And, it works out fine.
February 01, 2008 08:01 PM #11
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Elaine M. Gage
A Wonderful Space, LLC - Lakewood, CO
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I was trained that only pictures in entry ways or hallways should be at eye level, because they are seen while standing. All other art should be lower to be appreciated while sitting. That said, I just eyeball it until I think it looks right!
February 01, 2008 08:42 PM #12
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Lisa Sherman
Interior Aura - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Interior, Redesign & Decorating - Salem Oregon
Elaine and I were trained the same.  In addition, I was trained to anchor/connect artwork 8-12" from other items (i.e. table, lamp, etc).  On occassion, I will measure, but usually eyeball it.
February 02, 2008 12:29 AM #13
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Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia - Fairfax, VA
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia
I was trained as Elaine and Lisa and eyeball it as well and also just work with the space it is going on and what else is in that area.
February 02, 2008 01:38 PM #14
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Bryan

FYI: 5'7 is actually 5 feet 7 inches. It should be 57" (57 inches)...

September 20, 2008 10:11 AM #15
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Correction

Uhhh...5'7" = 5*12 = 60 + 7 = 67 inches

October 26, 2008 05:42 PM #16
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