Easy Tips to Hang Pictures Above a Couch


Sofa - easy tipsDisplaying pictures over a couch is an easy way to create a focal point in your living room. Here are a few tips to get the job done:

Size it up

  • To create balance, your artwork (or grouping) should be at least 2/3 the length of the sofa.
  • Don’t have a large piece? Use two or more pieces in a group to create the size you need.
  • Pictures should not be wider than the couch or the artwork will overwhelm the furniture instead of enhancing it.

How high, how low?

  • As a general rule, the bottom of your frame should hang 8” to 10” above the back of the sofa. There are exceptions when you’re hanging a grouping of frames and in this case, you may have to play with the measurements a bit.
  • If you hang your artwork too high it will look like it’s floating away from the couch instead of being connected to it. Keep your wall arrangements low enough to enjoy when you’re sitting.
  • Have someone hold your artwork in position while you step back and have a look to ensure the height is perfect.

Spacing between pieces

  • When hanging a grouping of pictures, leave 2” to 5” between each frame for proper spacing. Use low adhesive tape to keep spacing consistent between frames.
  • Hanging frames too far apart will look disjointed, like you are trying to fill the wall instead of connecting each piece of art.

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5 thoughts on “Easy Tips to Hang Pictures Above a Couch

  1. Tracy

    I just leaned some new from you that was very important. Now I know how to hang picture over my sofa and love seat. Thank you and I can hardly wait to get more professional idea from you.

  2. Liette Post author

    I’m so glad to hear we could help you! Come back and visit us soon, we post new articles and great picture hanging tips almost every day.

  3. Cheryl

    Wall is 104″, sofa bed couch is 73″ picture I like is 47″square. Is this picture too big for this wall and sofa?

  4. Liette Post author

    Couch and artwork in painters tape
    Hi Cheryl, using some painter’s tape we did a mock-up of your wall, couch and artwork to help us visualize your space. Scale wise, your picture is the right size. Other things to keep in mind is the height of the ceiling and size of the room. Can the space support such a big piece of art? I’d suggest trying to mock it up like we did, it might help you decide if you should hang it or not. Please let me know what you end up doing.

  5. Tommie Wilson

    I have a brown sofe in my family room, my carpet is beige, the walls are a light greenish color, I’d really love to have your help as to what colors need to be in the pictures.

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