Hang A Group of Same-Size Prints Part 2

Hang A Group Same-Size Prints Part 2

You have mapped out wall space for your group of same-size prints. All artwork in the group is in identical frames. Now you can start hanging. If you are not ready, go back to Hang A Group Same-Size Prints Part 1.

Ready to Hang?
We’ll use Figure 3a as our example. It shows 5 5×7 prints on a taupe wall. You need:

Figure 3a
Figure 3a
  • 5 framed prints
  • 5 nails of the same size, with or without picture hangers
  • A yardstick and, optionally, a measuring tape
  • A pencil with an eraser—and a piece of paper for your notes
  • A level
  • A hammer
  • Your phone’s calculator app or a manual calculator

Don’t get hung up on minor mistakes! Just in case, get yourself some:

  • Spackle
  • Wall-color paint
  • Q-tips

In the example, the frame has added an inch to width and height. As a result, the width of each print is now 6 inches, and the height, 8 inches.

Figure 3b
Figure 3b

Calculate Exact Spacing
Let’s say we want 12 inches of space on each side of the group, 6 inches on both top and bottom, and 3 inches between each frame. By calculating dimensions as in Figure 3b, we see that the horizontal space needed for the group is 66 inches, and the vertical is 20 inches.

Figure 3c
Figure 3c

Mark Midpoint
With your measuring tape or a yardstick, locate the dead center point on the wall. In the example, dead center is 33 inches from one side and 10 inches from the bottom. Mark the midpoint lightly with a pencil as demonstrated by the red O in Figure 3c.

Mark First Nail Position
Now you will be very glad you used identical frames! Look at the back of one of your prints. Measure the distance from the vertical center of the frame to the top the frame’s “hanger.” In our example, that distance is 3 inches.

Figure 3d
Figure 3d

On the wall, measure 3 inches up from the midpoint, as shown by the X in Figure 3d. Take care not to measure upward at an angle. Measure 33 inches from one side to check yourself.

Mark All Nail Positions
From the center nail position, calculate and mark the distance for nails directly to the left and right. Again, be very careful with your measurements. Use a yardstick and a level to stay on track. Then measure left and right again for the final nail positions. Your wall now has five evenly spaced Xs, as represented in Figure 3e.

Figure 3e
Figure 3e

Complete Your Group!
At last! Get your hammer and nails and stake your claims to that empty wall space! Hang your prints, level them, and step back to admire your work. Rearrange the order of the prints to your heart’s content.

About those minor failures? No need to hang your head! Pull out the nails and fill the holes with spackle. After the spackle dries, use a Q-tip to apply touch up wall color.

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