A number of years ago I read about a great tip that to this day has
made picture hanging a simple, pleasurable task. The tip was to
always hang your art at 57" on center. "On center" means
that the middle of the picture is at 57" (obviously, the hook will
be higher). Interestingly, the 57" standard represents the average
human eye-height and is regularly used as a standard in many
galleries and museums...
What WE have discovered is that if you stick to
this standard, you create a harmony among ALL the pictures in your
they will always hang in relationship to one another from
their centers, not their sides. Additionally, we have also found
that this helps solve the problem many people have, which is that
they hang their pictures too high.
Step By Step:
1. Measure and lightly mark 57" on the wall
2. Measure top of your picture to the middle (or take height and
divide by 2)
3. Measure top of your picture to the tightened wire (a small
4. Subtract this last amount to tell you how far above 57" your hook
5. Measure up from 57" with this last amount and lightly mark on the
1. Picture is 20" tall
2. Middle is 10" down from top (this should rest at 57")
3. Wire comes to 2" below the top
4. 10" - 2" = 8"
5. Lightly mark 8" above your first mark OR 65" on the wall
Though this may seem complicated to read, it is
quite simple when you do it. The thing to always remember is that
the CENTER of all your pictures are hanging at the same 57", and you
are just figuring out where the hook goes above it.
This 57" also applies to groups of pictures.
Think of a group as ONE picture. After you arrange how you want them
all to hang (doing this on the floor makes it easier), start with
the center picture/pictures and get them at 57" on center. Then
surround them with the rest of the group.