Art installation tips and tricks
Even for art lovers, hanging paintings or works of art can be a complicated and stressful experience. Not only is there the physical mounting of the artwork to consider, but also there is the right hanging height and both positioning and relating the artwork to both furniture and other works of art to contend with. Where do you start?
‘What was that crash?’
Paintings, mirrors, in fact most things you might choose to hang on the walls of your home or office, are invariably heavier than you think. If you don’t want to be woken by the sound of your new artwork crashing to the floor, damaging both it and the wall in the process, try these simple steps.
- Weigh your artwork on a set of bathroom scales. You’ll probably be surprised!
- Determine what type of walls your home or office has – plasterboard stud walls or plastered brick walls will be the most common.
- Search out an appropriate picture hook or hanging system.
You’ll be amazed at the range of hooks and picture hanging systems available at most major hardware stores. If you go armed with the above information, choosing the correct hook should be straightforward. On the back of the packet will be details of the type of wall the hook is designed for and a weight loading range. All you need to do now is make sure you have the correct tools and the expertise to install it.
Hanging at the right height
Here’s a little trick that many galleries use – hang your artworks at 1.5 metres on centre. What does this mean? The middle of any artwork should always be 1.5 metres from the floor. Interestingly this is the average human eye-height.
Why does this work? Quite simply, all the pictures in your home will share the same midline, no matter what the dimension, which helps to create harmony and is pleasing to the eye.
Here is how you do it – although it might sound a little complicated it is simple to do in practice and will make a world of difference to the artwork displayed in your home or office.
Assuming you have a picture that is 50cm tall:
- The middle point of the picture that you want at 1.5m above the floor will be at 25cm from the top of the frame.
- Assume the hanging wire comes to 5cm below the top of the frame.
- 25cm – 5cm = 20cm
- Position your picture hook at 1.7m, 20cm above your original 1.5m mark.
Of course, if it all proves too much we are happy to provide a quote for our professional art installation and hanging service. From clip rail systems and traditional hanging rails to recessed ceiling rails, we can provide expert advice to help you make the most of your art collection.
All the best, Martin
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