How to hang art

Art is great, but how do you make it part of your interior? It can be a difficult task. But don’t worry, The Vintage Art Club is here to help!

And if you’re still struggling, just send us an e-mail

How to Hang Your Art

To place your hanging hardware, take the distance between the top of your artwork or frame to the screw hole in the hanging hardware, measure down from the existing wall mark and make a second mark.

When using a cleat, place the unattached wooden or metal bar against the wall with the beveled opening facing upwards. Start by installing the screw in the middle hole. Make sure the cleat is straight before installing additional screws.

Raise the work up flush against the wall and slowly lower it into the beveled cleat so that they are locked in place. Works using wires can be gently adjusted to straighten. If you don’t have a level on hand, you can eyeball it from a distance or download a free level app on your phone.

Where to Hang Art

Try to center your artwork so that it is equidistant from breaks in the wall on either side (i.e. a pillar, corner or door). In terms of height, the midpoint of the work should be 58 to 60 inches from the floor once hung.

To measure this height, divide the height of your artwork by two, add 59 inches, and use a measuring tape from the floor to mark this height with a pencil or small piece of masking tape. This is where the top of your work will rest.

You may need to adjust this height to accommodate unusual ceiling height or large furniture.

Get Creative!

If you’re not up for hammers and nails, just lean it. The laziest way to display art is also best for anyone who is afraid of putting nail holes in the wall: lean against the back of a chair, or the wall, or on a shelf somewhere. (Even homes with lots of art hung up on the walls take well to a few casually leaned pieces—it actually looks very intentional!)

If you’re always re-arranging, consider a picture shelf. If you’re into the whole leaning thing and want to formalize a place for such activity, consider adding  a picture shelf in one of your rooms. It’s a perfect solution for those with constantly changing styles (or the rearrangement bug).

…Or a picture rail. If you’re into the idea of sparing your precious walls from holes but want a more formal look than leaning, consider a picture rail: a sliver of molding that goes up near the ceiling, from which you can hang your art on hooks and strings—and then change it out whenever you feel like it.

Leave some pieces unframed. Maybe you’ve collected some of those paintings on boards from the flea market—lovely peeling edges and all—and want to preserve some of that charm without paying for a fancy floating frame. Or maybe you just want to hang up wispy paper drawings and call it a day? Leaving certain artworks unframed is completely fine, even encouraged.

Break some rules. When considering scale and placement and whether to lean or frame or, or . . . take a deep breath. Just break the rules! Now go put all your art on display!