Eye-Level Picture Hanging: Tips for Hanging Picture Frames at Eye Level

Hanging picture frames

It can be challenging to follow the traditional rule of “hang at eye level” when mounting pictures. Many people believe that artwork should be hung such that the centre of the image is level with the viewer’s eyes. It may sound simple, but it’s important to remember that your eye level may not be similar to someone else’s. This analysis does not include gallery walls, artwork hung above furniture, and frames in unusually large or tiny sizes. The recommendation to hang pictures between 60 and 65 inches above the floor or at eye level for the typical person is a fair rule, but it should not be taken too seriously.

Find Your Space

The first step in hanging picture frames is to select where you want to place your images. If you have a spare wall or just a tiny space above your dresser, you might use it to display a family photo. To get an idea of how much space you’ll have to work with, measure out the area you’ll be working with, as well as the dimensions of your photo. Your wall’s dimensions and the amount of space you have to work with can be determined this way.

Make An Inch-By-Inch Measurement of a Wall

The centre of a picture should be at 57 inches when it is hung. This represents the typical person’s eye level in museums and galleries, and it is commonly used as a standard. You’ll need to lightly outline 57 inches on your wall with a pencil before you can hang your image according to 57-inch standards.

Next, you’ll need to measure the picture and divide it by two to get the centre. The top of the photo should be measured to the tight wire if you have a picture with a wire attached. To figure out how high you need to go over the 57-inch mark, deduct half of the picture height from that dimension. Hang this total above the first marking you made on the wall.

Make Sure That Your Gallery Wall Is Well-Spaced

Large and medium-sized frames should be spaced no closer than 2-3″ apart, while little pieces can be separated by as much as 1-1.5″.

Art comes in a wide range of sizes and shapes. Even though your curated collection contains pieces of varying heights, consider taking a step back and thinking of the whole collection as a single large photograph. In this manner, you can locate the central point and hang your beautiful pictures at the height of 57″ or 60″.

As with hanging picture frames above furniture, you’ll want to treat the entire collection as one big piece, even if you’ll be hanging them directly above the table, sofa, bed, or whatever else you want.

Occasionally, Deviate from The Eye Level Rule

For the most part, this is a recommendation rather than a rule. The rigidity of rules is the antithesis of what is needed to create a home where one can indulge one’s guilty pleasures. When should you break the eye level rule?

The 57- or 60-inch guideline should be broken if the artwork or images on the wall when viewed from a distance and in relation to the room, don’t appear right. The standard height may be too high or too low for any reason. Don’t be scared to deviate from the conventions of your home once in a while.


Creating a home that is tailored to your needs is a priority. For a home to truly reflect its occupants, it must represent their personal style, memories, and mementoes from their trips and experiences. It’s a terrific way to lighten your room by hanging picture frames at eye level.

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