I’d Like to Meet the Moron Who Said, “Hang Art Eye Level.”

Seriously?

If I had a dime for every time I heard someone say, “Hang Art Eye Level”, I’d be writing this post from my private jet. Seriously, can you really hang Art at eye level and please everyone?   My brother stands 6′ 5″, my husband is almost a foot shorter. You see where I’m going with this?

Art is very personal. I can’t buy art for my best friend and I can assure you, she can’t buy it for me. There are very few rules about Art because it is so subjective. What you choose to hang on your bathroom or bedroom walls depends on many elements; personal taste, size of the wall space, color of the decor, theme of the room, even budget. But, we cannot dispute the final decision of “How High to Hang Art.” That is Rule number 1.

Just for the fun of it, I’d like to take 100 new Art buyers from around the world and have them hang art at their eye level and see where it ends up. My hunch is, the art would range from 4 feet off the ground to 6 feet.  The average would be close to accurate.

And that, my fellow inquisitive art lovers, is how the calculation of how high to hang art came to be. It is an average of many “eye levels”. Here is the exact way to determine where on your wall you should hang your Art.

Measure 58″ from the floor to the halfway point of the Art. For example, if the art measures 24″ high, than the top of the art is hung 70″ from the floor.  Half of 24″ (12″) plus the 58″. However, you can adjust the artwork  if there are very tall people in your home. Most people hang Art too high, now that you know the 58″ rule, you will have the correct range to work with.

There are exceptions to this rule.

If there is a large piece of furniture below the artwork, than you must keep the artwork at least 5″ above it. You don’t have to worry if it’s a couch or a chair, most people do not sit down and throw their heads back (knocking the art), unless they’re having a seizure.  When you and your family/friends are sitting down and looking at your art on the wall, no one should be looking up to see it.

Rule #2: Thou shalt never crane one’s neck to look at Art. That should have been written in the “good books”.  Craning is when you use your neck to look upwards. Art is meant to be appreciated, for long periods of time, without getting a kink in your neck. I suppose the artists who sat for hours drawing on their canvas wanted you to have the same experience.

Read this next line carefully: IT DOES NOT MATTER HOW HIGH YOUR CEILINGS ARE.  If your eyes can’t look at the art, without your neck tilting up, than you have hung your art too high. The solution to covering large areas of a wall (with high ceilings) is to choose Oversized Art. But, you’re still going to measure the 58″ from the floor to the center of that Art, before you hang it, right?

Are there any other issues that when it comes to the height of hanging art? If you are hanging 2 pieces of art vertically, one above the other, treat the 2 as if they are one unit. Place them on the floor first to determine the right layout. Whether you are stacking them or staggering them, the gap between your artwork is usually 3″.  Once you’ve decided how they will appear on the wall, keep the 58″ rule in play.  Therefore, one picture will be higher (than a single, stand alone piece) and the other will be slightly lower (than if it were by itself on the wall ), but the balance of the 2 will be at your “eye level”.

I just had to say that.

Really, I should have written, “Average Eye Level” and that’s probably what the Moron meant to say.

If you don’t believe me, ask a professional Picture Framer Hanger:

Visit: FramedCanvasArt.com for gorgeous framed art

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  28. voxnulla says:

    Indeed it doesn’t make sense. I suspect people say it more out of habit/tradition rather then think true what they are suggesting. A possible culprit for such a cultural aberration is of course misquoting or mistranslation.
    I could imagine that the original advice was to hang art level, meaning horizontal, to the eye, meaning without using a spirit level. Hanging it level to the eye could then easily be picked up by some pedantic museum curator who’d insist on hanging art at eye level, without really understanding the original concept.

    Wilde speculation on my part, but that’s what I do.

    • Shari says:

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