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How to DIY: Hang and Arrange Wall Art
was featured in
Easy Living

May & June 2013

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How to DIY: Hang and Arrange Wall Art

Hang Time
The Art of Arranging

What You'll Need

- Step stool
- Measuring tape
- Pencil
- Hooks made for your wall type
- Carpenter's level (preferably 24" long)
- Painter's tape (optional)

Time

Dependent on
personal project

Difficulty

Simple

One-Nail Picture Hooks

The nail portion of this two-for-one hook won't leave gaping holes in your wall, while the screw eyes are exceptionally secure so heavier, more cumbersome pieces are sure to stay put.

J Hooks

There's no need for a hammer or screwdriver with these handy hooks. Simply push, twist and rotate until the hook is secured in your wall. This model is ideal for drywall and plaster.

Adhesive Wall Hooks

Great for renters or anyone with smaller collections, this super-strong hook is reusable and won't damage your walls. It sticks to any non-porous surface and can easily be removed without leaving behind a sticky residue.

Tips for Hanging Wall Art

1. Consider what your walls are made of. Doing so will dictate what kind of hooks will be easiest to install and best support your artwork.

2. For precise positioning, conventional decorator's wisdom suggests arranging your wall art at eye level, but this is hardly definitive. Position the arrangement wherever you see fit, whether it be above or below standard height…

3.
...But don't leave measurements to guesswork. For instance, if you do decide to hang your artwork at eye level, one trick museums and art galleries use is to hang art at 5'6"—this is the eye height for the average person.

4.
Use two hooks, if needed, to prevent artwork from swaying or tilting.

It's a Wrap!

How design experts use wrapping paper to hang wall art.
Before you commit to hanging your art on the wall, try one of our favorite tricks. Roll out a sheet of extra holiday wrapping paper on the floor (we like the kind with grid patterns on the back). Then, lay out your artwork to get a sense of the composition. Next, tape the paper on your wall and use a level and the lines on the grid to ensure it's straight. Then, using a nail and hammer, nail through the paper to get the exact heights for hanging your wall art. Simply remove the paper, hang your artwork and you're done!
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