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How to Hang Pictures in a Bedroom

The focal point of every bedroom is the bed and what’s hanging above it, so it’s important to pick your artwork carefully. You can create a grouping, or choose to feature one special piece as we show in these examples:
4 examples of artwork hung over a bed

What should I hang above my bed?
Hang things you love and bring you a sense of calm and serenity. Try abstract paintings, prints of nature or landscapes, black and white images or even nude art, for your eyes only.

Size It Right…
To create balance, your artwork (or grouping) should be at least 2/3 the length of the headboard. The shape doesn’t matter, it could be square, vertical, horizontal, round or oval as long as it’s the right size to counterbalance the headboard.

How High / How Low?
As a general rule, the bottom of your frame should hang 8” to 10” above the headboard. If you hang your artwork any higher it will look like it’s floating away from the headboard instead of being connected to it.

Tip: To make centering your artwork easier, mark both the center of your headboard and the middle of the bottom of the frame with a small piece of painter’s tape. Using Hang & Level, lift your frame approximately 8 – 10 inches from the headboard lining up the 2 pieces of tape. Works like a charm!

Use the right hardware…

  • Safety is key when hanging a heavy piece. Be sure it’s fastened securely to avoid an accident.
  • Use wall anchors or use 2 picture hooks or nails to secure your piece properly.
  • Place Anchor Points on the bottom corners of your frame to keep it in place and straight.

Avoid this common mistake!
example of a picture hanging too high above a bed and a picture hanging perfectly above a bed
Don’t center your picture between the top of the headboard and the ceiling. It’ll end up hanging too high and look as if it’s floating. It’s best to visually connect your artwork to the furniture below.

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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)

 

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4 thoughts on “How to Hang Pictures in a Bedroom

  1. Bedderz

    Hi, I’m about to put a landscape pic above my bed, question is do I make sure it’s in the middle of the bed or the wall, as the bed is off centre, further to the right as the I have a wardrobe that means the bed and bedside cabinets have moved to the right by about a foot. I’m guessing I position the picture in line with the bed and not the wall??
    Cheers

  2. Liette Post author

    Hi Bedderz! You’re absolutely right! Art is an extension of your furniture so always center your wall décor with the furniture sitting below even if it is off-centered. In your case, hang your landscape picture so it’s centered with your headboard. Hope this helps!

  3. Alice Dressler

    Now I know the correct way to hang a piece of art over a headboard, but I have a question. The distance from the top of my headboard to the ceiling is 43″. Knowing this and going with the rule that the bottom of the painting should be placed about 8″ from the top of the headboard, what would be a good height for a painting (I do not want the top of the painting to be too close to the ceiling)? In other words, what is the maximum height the top of a painting can be from the ceiling without it looking too awkward? Thanks so much!

  4. Liette Post author

    Great question Alice! Keep in mind that hanging art 8″ from the headboard is only a guideline. If you have a low ceiling, it’s more important to hang your piece closer to the headboard than to the ceiling – otherwise, it will look awkward as you mentioned.

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