How To Arrange Wall Art

Arranging Multi Panel Wall Art Like A Pro!

When you want to know how to arrange wall art, it’s best if you get it right the first time. Especially if you’re using screws or nails in your wall. You don’t want to guesstimate and have holes all over your plaster. If you’re hanging one piece or 3 piece wall art, one thing that’s for sure is measuring matters.


The first step of how to arrange wall art is to get out your tape measure


First, you’ll want to think about how you’re going to hang your pictures or gallery wrapped split canvas prints. So I want you to ask yourself a question first. Where will you hang your wall art from? A nail or a wire?

Will you be using a nail in the center of a canvas piece or will you hang it from a taut wire behind your artwork? This is the first thing to think about when you’re arranging triptych art or any other kind of art pieces.

Let's start with the first option. Let's say for example you’re going to hang a 3 piece canvas art trio in an even row. And you're going to hang each piece from a single nail or screw in your wall.


The next step is to measure one piece of your 3-panel wall art pieces for your bedroom wall art

They are all the same size. Whew! This makes it easy. The height is 25,” and the width is 15” of each poster or canvas. That keeps things simple for our first example.

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Next, you’ll want to take into account where you hang your bedroom wall art (in inches)


You’re going to want to think about the space between where the nail will be. Also, be aware of where the outside of your frame will be.

So if you order your gallery wrapped canvas artwork and it's 25” x 15” you may have a one-inch amount of inner structure on the top edge. This one-inch sections included in the measurement of the entire height. So you’ll need to do some subtracting now.


You’re going to need to do some math to have things look even for your 3 panel wall art


When it comes to hanging 3 piece wall art, you’ve got to take things one step at a time. So I’ll break it down for you. Even if math isn’t your strong suit (it’s certainly not mine), you’ll know how to arrange wall art like a pro by the end of this article. Maybe even before that!


The first equation to hang your bedroom wall art is to divide the height by two


So your pieces are 25” tall. 25 divided by two equals 12.5” That will be the center point of your artwork.

The average line of sight of most people is 60 inches. So you’ll want the center of your piece to be 60” from the floor of your bedroom. There is a simple formula for you to hang the first piece. There are three simple steps.

Divide the height of your art by 2 (this is the center point). 25”/2” = 12.5”
Subtract the extra from your height (where your nail will be placed) 12.5” - 1” = 11.5.”
Add the number 60 to find the height to hang your nail. 11.5” + 60” = 71.5”


Here is the formula laid out in a row to figure out where to hang the first nail: 25”/2” = 12.5” -1” = 11.5” + 60 + 71.5


Therefore 71.5 is where you need to hang the first nail or command strips for one piece. When I hang artwork, I like to use an erasable pencil or painters tape to mark the spot.

This will ensure you like the height of the potential nail hole. If you have two people, one person can hold the bedroom wall art up to make sure you visually enjoy the placement.

However, if you’re placing it above your bed and have a tall headboard, this height may not work for your bedroom wall art. Because it’s too close to the headboard or behind it. So you’ll need to make the necessary adjustments.

Many people like to have 6-8 inches of space between their furniture and then the bottom of 3 panel art pieces they’re hanging.

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So nothing is set in stone (or your wall until you hammer the first nail). It’s art! So nothing is a “must”


When you hang 2 piece wall art, or 3 piece canvas art, according to SFGate leave about ½” to 3” between each piece.

When you’re hanging 2 piece wall art or 3 piece panel art, consequently you can add the width of all three paintings together plus the space you want in between. As an illustration, let’s say you want to leave 1” between each gator board print instead of gallery wrapped canvas.


For instance, if you’re going to hang 2 piece wall art instead do this:


For a two piece wall art — Add width plus width plus a one-inch space like this: 25” + 25” + 1” = 51” This is the width.

When it comes to 3 piece wall art you would first of all add 25” + 25” + 25” + 1” + 1” + 1” = 78”

Now divide the width by two. 15/2 = 7.5”

For 2 piece bedroom wall art or dining room, wall art add the full width of one picture, plus ½ of a width of one piece plus the space you want in between the pieces (in this example we’ll use one-inch space again)

So 15” + 7.5” + 1” = 21.5”. This number is how far away you’ll want the second nail away from the first nail. Again go up 60” from the floor.

For a 3 piece canvas art spacing, similarly, do this on both sides of the position of the first nail hole or painters tape.


Hanging 2 pictures staggered has a little more play room


You’ll still use the same basic guidelines as stated when it comes to arranging wall art. But when it comes to hanging two pictures staggered, you’ll want to take the basic numbers from above.

If you are hanging 2 pictures staggered as dining room wall art on the wall, you’ll want to put the “space” between the two pieces as the main center. You can use painter’s tape to specify this. And if you want an easy way to put pictures together you can learn how to make a canvas photo collage as well.

Furniture matters when it comes to hanging 3 panel wall art

If you want to arrange 3 piece wall art above a buffet table, for that reason use the center of the furniture as your starting point. Then keep your pieces around 60 inches and play with what you like visually.

Most importantly, when you’re dining room wall art or any kind of art, there are guidelines to follow. But it is art an in the art world, sometimes rules are meant to be broken! So feel free to follow the way you want things to look.

Furthermore, when you’re hanging 2 pictures staggered, don’t be afraid about breaking some rules. And if you’re hanging art in a kids room, instead of 60 inches you’ll want to hang pieces, so it’s at their eye level instead.

If you want to arrange 3 piece wall art above a buffet table, for that reason use the center of the furniture as your starting point. Then keep your pieces around 60 inches and play with what you like visually.

Most importantly, when you’re dining room wall art or any kind of art, there are guidelines to follow. But it is art an in the art world, sometimes rules are meant to be broken! So feel free to follow the way you want things to look.

Furthermore, when you’re hanging 2 pictures staggered, don’t be afraid about breaking some rules. And if you’re hanging art in a kids room, instead of 60 inches you’ll want to hang pieces, so it’s at their eye level instead.

Now let’s talk about some wall art arrangement ideas if you're on a budget

You can also get some funky photos from one of your favorite magazines and buy some cheap picture frames. You can keep things simple. Make sure there is some flow to the magazine pages you choose. You can scour architecture magazine, fashion magazines or even pick up a high-end art mag to get some great deal on some multiple pieces that are tied in together. Sometimes magazines will feature several pieces from the same artist. Go to your local bookstore and look before you buy!

Here’s a simple way to arrange family pictures on the wall

If you want something super simple take a bunch of photos that are the same size and line them up in rows. I like to lay them out on the floor first to get a general idea of the spacing that you want the best. Polaroid or instant photos look really cool and artsy! You can use double sided tape, sticky dots or poster putty to hang up small images. You can even do a photo shoot with your smartphone. Take loads of photos and pick out your faves. Make sure to get in your family pets too! This is a great idea for family reunions, office parties, or any kind of public event.

Grouping wall art doesn't have to involve math (especially if it’s a temporary display)

If you are doing instant photos or printing pics from your holiday office party, this is an easy way for your team to remember the fun times while they’re at the cubicle. Taking pictures of fun times gives people memories they will remember for a lifetime. You can also hang them on a huge bulletin board as well.

How do you choose wall art size?

Play with it and use your imagination. After all, that’s what art is really all about! Have fun mixing up your images and if you want to go for shabby chic, you don’t even have to measure a thing!

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