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How to Level and Hang Art on a Wall

Nothing brightens up a blank wall like a colorful framed print or canvas, so start decorating your space and hang art! Taking a hammer and nails to your wall might be a little intimidating, but avoid the headache of figuring out whether your art is hung straight with these easy tips to making sure that frame looks just right on your wall. Hang art without worry with these simple steps!


For this project, you will need:

  • A framed piece of art or canvas! For this project, we used the square sized framed print from Furniture Row.
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Leveler
  • Hammer
  • Hangers


Types of Hangers

Depending on what size and how heavy your frame is, the type of hanger you use to hang art may vary. Before hanging, search your wall for a stud (wood support) by knocking on it or by using a stud finder. If you hear a solid sound when you knock, this means that a stud is located behind the wall and that you will have extra support for your frame. For heavier frames, you may want to have a stud and use two or more traditional metal picture hangers depending on the frame size. If you cannot find a stud, a plastic anchor and screw or a butterfly screw are good hanger alternatives. where-to-hang-a-frame-on-a-wall-02

Let's Get Started!

  1. Using a tape measure, measure the height of your frame and divide that number in half. The height of our frame was 24 inches, so we ended with 12 inches.
  2. On the back of your frame, measure from the top frame wire to the top of the frame. We measured 5 inches.
  3. Take that distance and subtract it from the half measurement in step 1 (12 - 5 = 7).
  4. Typically, eye level height is 60 inches from the ground. Add the number from step 3 to 60 (67 inches). Measure that height from the ground with your tape measure and use a pencil to mark the spot.
  5. Hang your frame on the spot you marked using the appropriate hanger(s).
  6. Use a leveler to make sure your frame is straight.
  7. Enjoy your art on the wall, and make your space your own!