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Where to Install

Consider the use of space that the art work will be installed. Is it a large room for sitting and entertaining, a narrow hallway, a cozy bedroom? This can help you with framing choices, like using acrylic instead of glass above a child's bed, glazing a painting that may otherwise be exposed in a busy kitchen.

Consider whether or not you will be able to take in all the detail of an intricate print in a dim lit hallway or whether a group of small photos might better add to the intimacy of a cozy space than a large print or painting. This can help augment the use and enjoyment of the space.

How to Layout an Installation

Often single pictures that are well lit can focus more attention on individual works of art or larger works that demand more space. Sometimes they can be balanced by groupings of smaller works near by. Small groupings or detailed artworks often work well in more intimate areas like bedrooms, dens and cozier sitting rooms while larger pictures often work well in bigger spaces, larger rooms or entryways, cathedral ceilings, etc.

Hanging art or centering groupings at about 60” to the center of the work is a good average that allows most people to see the work at eye level. Larger works, or bigger walls may require installing higher. Sitting rooms in most domestic spaces feel more comfortable if the work is a little lower, making exceptions for things like furniture, head clearance above a couch or chair, architecture, windows, stair cases and niches. In general, whereever you can see the work the best as you typically use the room is the right height.

Laying out a grouping on the floor before installing is often a helpful way to get a feel for how it will work on the wall, templates cut from paper or cardboard to the size of larger pictures can help with positioning the piece before making any holes in the wall.

How to Secure Art to the Wall

Art with wire can be hung from a single hook placed in the center of space the picture is hanging. The exact height of the picture can be determined by pulling the wire and measuring from the top or bottom of the frame to the wire in the center. Often two hooks can be used, about 1/3 the distance across the piece, to make the picure hang in a more stable manner.

If your space has picture rails you can use picture rail hooks that mount on the rail. Wire can then be stretched to the frame, though two rings or screweyes on the back of the frame and back to the rail in a triangular formation or a separate wire can be strung from each ring in the frame to it's own hook on the rail directly above. The latter method is more stable. Often monofiliment is used instead of wire because of it's transparent qualities. Make sure the wire or monofiliment used is rated to hold the weight of the picture. Adjustments to the wire can then be made to level the picture at the appropriate height

To hang directly from 2 hooks in the wall, make sure that the rings on the back of the picture are at the same distance to the edges of the frame. Measure the distance between the rings and measure the distance from the rings to the top or bottom edge of the frame. Measure the appropriate height on the wall, accounting for the distance of the rings to the top or bottom of the frame, mark the wall with two level marks at the same distance apart as the rings at that height. Set your hooks at those marks and they will line up with the rings on the back of the frame. If the the rings are even and the hooks on the wall are level, your picture should be level as well.


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