While hanging pictures and mirrors in homes, offices, and collections for the past 25
I have devised methods for measurement and placement that work well for me,
and may work well for you!
Step (one): I measure for two hangers spaced apart
approximately half the width of the frame.
example: If the frame measures 24" high by 36" wide, the hangers would be
spaced 18" apart.
Step (two): Determine the height to the center of the picture. If the picture height
is not limited by
furniture underneath it, I have found that 66" from the floor to the center of the
picture seems to
be a pleasantly acceptable height.
Step (three): To hang a picture 66" (or the height that is best) to the center from
floor, I hold the picture wire on the back of the frame tight with my fingers apart
figured in step one. I then measure the distance from the center of the frame up to the
wire as I
am holding it tight. I add this measurement to 66", (or the height that is
best) and I have
the height from the floor to place the hangers on the wall.
For large heavy pictures I use hanger loops on each side of the frame, Not a
across the back. If wire is used, it is formed into individual loops on each side of the
picture, with the wall hangers spaced apart 3 inches less than the full width of the
way stress on the frame and hangers is reduced, and it makes leveling the picture easy. To
with this method, I simply put twists in the loop of wire on the side of the picture that
hanging too low.
- Mike Andrews