Avoid This Common Picture Hanging Mistake

Hanging pictures in the bedroomOne of the most often asked questions we get is “How high or how low should I hang artwork above my headboard?” Framed artwork looks great over a headboard when placed properly — here’s what to do and what to avoid:

As a general rule, the bottom of your frame should hang 8” to 10” above the headboard. If you hang artwork any higher it might look like it’s floating away from the headboard instead of being connected to it. Of course there are always exceptions and you may find that you have to tweak that measurement depending on the size of the picture you’re hanging or if you’re hanging a grouping of several pieces.

The right way: 8” to 10” above the headboard:

Hanging pictures in a bedroomOften people will measure the wall space between the ceiling and the top of the headboard and hang their artwork right in the middle. If you do this, there’s a good chance that your frame will end up sitting too high. Since art is an extension of your furniture, it looks best to connect art to the piece of furniture that is sitting below. Keep this rule in mind when hanging pictures above any type of furniture.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment in the box below and we’ll get back to you right away. We’d love to help you hang your pieces right on the first try.

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Liette Tousignant

I’m passionate about picture hanging and decorating (and I’m also the Co-Founder of Under The Roof Decorating)

6 thoughts on “Avoid This Common Picture Hanging Mistake

  1. Florence

    I have a big picture I love. I want to hang over my couch. It’s like two inches high off the back of the couch and two inches to the crown molding. Is it to big?

  2. Liette Post author

    Hi Florence! When dealing with large scale artwork you can certainly hang it very close to the top of the sofa back. In some cases you can even hang it so the bottom of the frame is hidden behind the sofa. Have a look at our Pinterest board where you’ll find great images of big bold art hung in living rooms, bedrooms and other rooms around the house at https://www.pinterest.com/utrdecorating/large-scale-art/. I hope this helps.

  3. Anthony Jeannette

    I have a large picture I want to hang above a loveseat on a kind of short wall. I’m unable to center it because a thermostat is in the way. Any ideas???? I really want to hang it here.

  4. Liette Post author

    Hi Anthony! That’s frustrating, isn’t it? Hummm….let me think. What if you hung a small narrow wall shelf close to the top of the back of your loveseat and set your art on it versus hanging it? This way you’d still have access to your thermostat and you’d finally be able to enjoy your artwork. Would that work? Let me know if that’s an option.

  5. Kathryn

    Art over a TV how high should if above the TV
    There is a fireplace on one side with a large beveled mirror
    the other side has a bay window

    Any suggestions

  6. Liette Post author

    Hi Kathryn – have you thought of hanging a gallery wall where the TV is part of the arrangement? It helps take the focus away from the TV especially when it’s off. Have a look at some great examples of TV gallery walls on our Pinterest board at this link https://www.pinterest.com/utrdecorating/living-rooms/. Please let me know if you think this could work.

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