The three most common mistakes people make when hanging a picture are:
1. Hanging it too high.
You’ve probably heard you should hang art at eye level. What that means is the CENTER of the picture should ideally be 60" above the floor. (There are, of course, exceptions to this rule such as when you have to hang things over a tall piece of furniture or when you have a large grouping.) When I go into people’s homes or offices, I often get a stiff neck looking at their art. (Although I’m too polite to say so – my mother taught me well.)
2. Using a single hook.
How often do you see crooked art on the wall? If you’re like me, you have the urge to straighten everyone’s art. (In fact, Lenny does it all the time in people’s homes. Hmmm…maybe that’s why we don’t get invited back!) While it’s a little more time-consuming to hang with two hooks, it will save you the trouble of constantly having to straighten your pictures (or having your friends insult you by doing it for you) and the artwork is more secure on the wall since the weight is more evenly distributed.
3. Not using a tape measure.
You’ve heard the carpenter’s adage: Measure twice, cut once. Well, the picture- hanger’s adage should be measure twice, HAMMER once unless you don’t mind the wall behind the picture being covered in nail holes.
The easiest way to hang a picture is to "Call the Man, Aunt Bea". (See previous blog post.) Our Andy and
Chris are expert hangers and are available for hire. If you’d prefer to do it yourself, we have a step-by-step
guide. Just email us at [email protected] and we’ll send it to you.