How to hang your new framed print
Iceberg Pool 01 at Zac's house in West Hollywood
Hanging a picture accurately and safely isn't always that easy. Here's a picture hanging guide so you’ll never hang a picture in the wrong spot again.
1 - Where is the best spot to hang a framed print?
The general rule for hanging pictures is that they should be at eye level. Don't hang works of art too high on the wall (a common mistake). The ideal height of the centre of a picture (if there is no piece of furniture below it) is somewhere between 155 and 160cm off the ground.'
Avoid hanging pictures in direct sunlight or near heat sources as it could damage it.
If you're hanging works in patterns, arrange the display on the floor first before hanging.
Use a spirit level to make sure pictures are level, but in the end trust your eye: ceilings, floors etc. are not always straight.
2 - What kind of hook should I use?
Here's what the professionals at Bunnings Warehouse recommend:
If you are hanging a heavy picture on a plaster wall, it’s best to find a stud where you can securely anchor the wall hook. However, if you don’t have a stud in the position where you want to hang your picture there are plenty of options for anchoring wall hooks into plaster walls, including hollow wall anchors or toggles that expand and spread the pressure when installed.
Light-weight pictures can hang from adhesive hooks. There are plenty of options here, including adhesive that can safely be removed from the wall without damaging the paint.
If your walls are brick, simply drill a hole with a masonry bit, hammer in a plastic wall plug or some expansion spaghetti and insert the screw.
Or, if you have timber panelling, a nail, screw or picture hook should do the job.
3 - Hang your picture
Here's the best technique: hold up your picture where you would like it to be, then mark a line along the top of the frame. Now hold the picture wire up with your finger and measure the distance from your finger to the top of the frame. Measure down that distance from the pencil mark you made on the wall and mark that spot. This is where your chosen picture hook needs to be secured. Attach your hook to the wall then carefully hang the picture and adjust it so that it’s straight.