Image of yellow sofa with artwork by Amber Goldhammer above it. In this blog post we'll provide you with step-by-step guidance on hanging your artworks.

Studio 74's Guide to Hanging Your Artwork

Hanging art can be a daunting task, for any number of reasons. Questions like whether a single screw is secure enough or if adhesive wall hooks can be used often arise. Don't worry, you're not alone.

In this blog post, we'll address these concerns and provide you with step-by-step guidance on hanging your artworks. Whether you're an avid art collector or new to collecting artwork hanging your pieces is the last piece of the puzzle. Therefore, you need to make sure it is displayed in its full glory to be enjoyed!

Step One - Getting Started

Get the Perfect Placement with Ease

When it comes to hanging art, it's always better to have an extra pair of hands. Depending on the size and weight of the artwork, you may even need three people. So, grab a friend or family member, and let's get started!

Positioning Your Artwork

Before you pick up that hammer or drill, it's crucial to determine the perfect position for your art. You may want it to be the focal point of a room, or to blend naturally to your interior design. You’ll need two people and here's what you need to do:

  1. One persons holds the artwork in place,
  2. While the other assesses the ideal height and position
  3. Swap roles until you're confident about the placement.

Remember, everyone's height is different, so finding the right spot may vary. But fear not, we'll help you find the perfect balance. This will help your art or gallery wall work perfectly with the average eye level.

Step Two - Measuring Your Wall

Precision Matters

When it comes to hanging pictures and paintings, precision is key. Follow these steps to ensure accurate measurements:

Finding the Centre of Your Space

Now that you've determined the height, let's find the centre of your space for a visually appealing display.

Here are two scenarios:

Scenario 1: Hanging above Furniture

If you're hanging your art above a sofa, bed, or any furniture piece, measure the length of the furniture. Then, hang your artwork at the centre of that measurement. This way, you'll strike the perfect balance and create a harmonious arrangement.

Note your artwork should never be longer than the piece of furniture it sits over as it will lack visual balance.

Hanging artwork diagram showing sofa with artwork hanging over it

Scenario 2: Dealing with a Long Wall

If you have a long wall with a doorway that is normally open, measure the wall from where the door finishes. Create a visible center point on the wall using this measurement. By doing so, you'll achieve a well-balanced and aesthetically pleasing display for your wall art.

Hanging you artwork

Which Fixings To Use When Hanging Your Paintings

To ensure your artwork is securely fastened, use the appropriate screws. Follow these guidelines before your make holes in wall:

  • For heavy or very long works of art use two fixings approx. 6- 8 inches apart to add stability for the piece.
  • Use a screw with a substantial head size, so the string has a decent place to sit.
  • Test the strength by pulling on the screw to make sure it is fixed securely in the wall.
  • For small pieces which are not under glass then a smaller screw can be used. Ensure the screw head sits approx. 5-8mm proud of the wall to give you enough room to securely fit the chord behind the screw head.

How to Hang Expensive Art

Preserving Your Priceless Investments

If you're hanging expensive artworks, you may worry about their security. Here are some tips to put your mind at ease:

  • Always wear gloves when handling your artwork or any work of art for that matter.
  • Ensure valuable paintings are hung in safe areas of your home. This shouldn’t be somewhere they could be knocked or busy areas where they can be brushed past.
  • Display your artwork away from extreme temperatures and high humidity as these factors can damage the colours and materials over time.

There are solutions to hanging your investment artworks if you’re worried about security. You can use specific hanging hardware, such as lockable fixings and flush mounted brackets. There are various kinds on the market to choose from depending on the weight of the painting. Many restaurants use this method more from a safety aspect as artwork cannot be pulled off the wall.


How to hang your artwork with the correct fixings, There are solutions to hanging your investment artworks if you’re worried about security. You can use specific hanging hardware, such as lockable fixings and flush mounted brackets.

How do I measure the Drill Hole

There is a very simple formula for this A + B = Drill Distance

Once you have agreed the positioning of the painting measure from the top of the painting to the ceiling height. Then measure the distance from the string pulled as tightly as possible to the top of the painting. Then simply add the two lengths together. You will already have marked your centre line so you can X the spot for the drill hole.

Positioning you artwork

Display Your Art with Confidence

Now that you've learned the art of hanging art, you can showcase your collection with confidence. Remember, proper positioning, accurate measurements, and sturdy fixings are the key to a successful display. These steps are great whether you're a seasoned art collector or just starting your art journey. Following this process will ensure your artworks receive the attention they so deserve.

If you're still finding it difficult to hang your artwork feel free to get in contact. We know how difficult stairways or mezzanine levels can be. We're also available to help advise you on the best location or solution to hanging your next artwork.

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