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Hanging Pictures in Tall, Narrow Spaces

An often neglected area for decorating are those tall skinny walls most of us have in our homes. Found between windows in the living room, next to the entrance or powder room, or at the end of a hallway, these spaces don’t need to go undecorated. A tall skinny wall makes the perfect background to hang artwork or even mirrors to reflect the daylight. The best thing about this look is that there are no rules, and there’s one easy way to hang your display – from the bottom up.

The ceiling height, size of pieces and the amount of spacing between pieces will determine how many items you’ll need. We took the arrangement all the way to the ceiling, you don’t have to. Hang 3 or 4 pieces, it’s your choice.

How to do it

What you’ll need

  • Frames
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Hang & Level™
  • Painter’s tape
  • Bumpers
  • Small level
  • Step stool

Optional, available in our Picture Hanging Kit

Steps 1 and 2

  • Center any piceces of furniture on the wall, then determine how much space to leave between the furniture and the bottom frame.
  • Cut pieces of painter’s tape or other low adhesive tape to the same size to ensure equal spacing between pieces.
  • Centure the first piece of tape right above the the furniture.

Steps 3,4 and 5

  • Using Hang & Level, position the first frame so that the bottom edge lines up with the top of the tape.
  • Keeping the tool on the wall, remove the frame and press the button to mark exactly where the nail goes.
  • Hang the frame and using Hang & Level, make sure it’s level.

Steps 6 through 10

  • Keep your wall display perfectly straight by placing bumpers or Anchor Points on the bottom corners of each frame.
  • Place a piece of tape at the top and center of each frame to use as a guide for hanging the next frame above it.
  • Repeat the steps above for the remaining frames.
  • Once you’ve hung the last frame, remove the tape and you are done!

Close to the ceiling…

For our final frame, we couldn’t use Hang & Level to hang it, as it was too close to the ceiling, so here is how you figure out where it goes:

Steps 6 through 10

  • Mark the spacing with a piece of tape like you did for the other frames
  • Turn the frame over, and holding the wire tight, measure the distance from the bottom of the frame to the taut wire.
  • Make a pencil mark the same distance above the top of the tape, and hammer the nail into that mark.
  • Hang and level your picture, remove the tape and you are done!

Liette Tousignant's signature, co-founder of Under The Roof Decorating

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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