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How to Hang your Canvas

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We often have people asking us how to properly hang their custom canvas art. So we went on a hunt to dig up the perfect answer, and uncovered this gem thanks to our friends at Apartment Therapy.

Their tip is to always hang your art at 57″ on center – so the middle of the canvas is exactly 57″ from floor level. This is a standard practice most commonly used in museums and art galleries, as the average human eye-height is 57″. It’s the best way to have your canvas really stand out in a room! If you have multiple canvases in the same space, use the same technique for each one.

Via Apartment Therapy:

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 amount)
4. Subtract this last amount to tell you how far above 57″ your hook should go
5. Measure up from 57″ with this last amount and lightly mark on the wall

Example:

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.