QuickDraw DIY Self Marking 25’ Foot Tape Measure: Our go-to is that there are no rules and you should hang things where they look best. But if you do want a formula for hanging a painting, here it is. Hang things so that they’re at 60-inches center, meaning that the centers of the paintings, even if they’re disparate sizes, all line up at 60-inches measured from the floor up the wall. It’s what you’ll see in galleries and museums when they’re having several things of different sizes in a row.

HEIKIO Claw Hammer

To start, take one painting and measure from the top to the bottom of the frame. Divide that number of inches in half: So if the painting is 24 inches from top to bottom, then the number after dividing would be 12 inches. Then, measure the distance from the top of the frame to the D-Ring — let’s say it’s 6 inches. You would then subtract that 6 inches from your first calculation of 12 inches, which would leave you with 6 inches. Add this number to the height of your center line (60 inches) — in this example, that adds up to 66 inches inches from the floor up the wall. Mark that spot on the wall.

Now measure across the width of your frame. Divide that number in two, and measure out that number of inches to the left and then to the right from your first mark — these are the two sides of the frame, where the left and right hooks will go. If you follow those steps, you’ll have a straight painting, picture, photograph, anything.

But it’s rare we actually hang things 60 inches to center. It’s really about personal taste. And accommodating perspective. For instance, it always seems insensitive to me when people hang art in children’s bedrooms at an adult height, where the children can’t see it.

HEIKIO Claw Hammer ($11): When you’re putting the nails into the picture hook, they should go in at a slight angle. If you don’t, that 30 pound picture will pull that tiny little brad out of the wall very easily.

Hanging a mirror

OOK by Hillman 2 Hole D-Rings Value Box

OOK by Hillman 2 Hole D-Rings Value Box ($6 for 10): Hanging a mirror is similar to hanging a picture, but you’ll want to bulk up the hardware a bit because a mirror is generally heavier than a painting. Use the blue tape first so you can see how it’ll look in the space, then go with D-rings.

There are three basic sizes of D-rings: a one-hole that’s good for 30 or 40 pounds, then a three-hole to use if you’re hanging something very heavy.

Each of those three-hole D-rings is rated for 75 to 100 pounds, so if you’re using two, the whole thing holds up 150 pounds.

Hanging a plate

Fasunry Plate Hangers

Fasunry Plate Hangers ($11 for 12): We did a big project recently for Martha Stewart at her home in Bedford where we hung these plate arrangements. To do something like that you’d use plate hangers, which you can find at most hardware stores.

The plate hooks you use will depend on the plates. The grips themselves that hold the plate are either brass or white, and they usually have a little nylon sleeve on them to protect the plate. So if your plate is white, you would try and buy a white plate hanger.

If you’re hanging a group of them, I suggest laying them out in a configuration on the floor first. To hang them, you just have to start somewhere. You’re only using one hook for each plate, so it’s a little bit easier. If you have a specific spot where you want the plate to be, put the hook two inches lower.

Source: CURBED