Home Staging Tips – How to hang ‘Floating or Gallery Art’

This is Part 2 of ‘home staging tips for hanging art – ‘floating or gallery’ art which means there is nothing underneath it. After hanging 1000s of pieces of art, photos, sculptures, baskets, fabric wall hangings, swordfish (yes swordfish, several of them) I’d like to share some of my ‘hanging art’ guidelines. These are guidelines so there will be variations on the theme, but these work pretty well in any home or office.

A few years ago I wrote an ebook ‘Trade Secrets of Hanging Art Like a PRO!‘ and I just recently produced two You Tube videos to demonstrate my process.

Here are my quick tips for hanging art that is ‘floating or gallery’ art…


1) HANGING ‘FLOATING or GALLERY ART’ (click here for You Tube Video)
– determine where you want to hang the art – in this example I chose to hang it just to the left of center
mark that spot with pencil or sticky tack
find the center of your art – mark it with sticky tack
– if it is over 30″ wide I suggest using 2 hooks/hangers, (f not then one is fine in this example as shown in the You Tube Video I use 2 hangers)
– if using 2 hooks then make 2 measures from the center to the ends of the frame – mark center with tack which you place on the art- this becomes the mid-point from center
– now you need to measure up from the floor to a height of 56 – 60” – use a piece of sticky tack to mark that on the wall
find the side halfway point of your art – mark it with sticky tack
match up the side art tack with the 56 – 60″ measure on the wall (the larger the piece of art the closer to 56″ you hang it)
at the same time line up the center and line up the mid-points that you have marked with sticky tack
– make a mark with the pencil for the two mid-points
– if your picture has wire on the back then measure the wire from the top to the bottom for the two mid-points (if over 30″)
– take that measurement and measure down from the top/center of where you are hanging your art and mark it on the wall with a pencil (like an inverted T)
– the intersecting point is where you put the bottom of your hanger
nail in your hangers and use a level to make sure it is even

It takes a lot of practice to make it perfect but these guidelines should help a bit! Next post will be ‘floating or gallery wall art’ tips…

TIP- the best measuring tape for this is the Lufkin Self-Centering found at Home Depot; buy sticky tack at Home Depot or office supply store; levels can be purchased at Home Depot.

Colleen McClure
Proud owner of PRES Staging® and expert home stager. I naturally started drawing interiors when I was very young. I see finished projects completed in my minds-eye as the client explains to me how they would love to see their space created. I then can draw sketches quickly to produce this vision right then and there with the client. My creative talents led me to full time work as a career counsellor working with people, designing workshops, facilitating groups when the economy did not support the luxury of home improvements. My many talents in this field was a happy marriage to own PRES the Professional Real Estate Staging Centre. Helping others start and run their own home décor businesses for redesign and staging, learning design principals and building confidence brings me great joy and passion. Working with people and helping them make confident decisions comes easy to me.