Hanging Two Pictures, Side-by-Side, with One Hook Each
Our previous videos detail how to hang a single frame in it’s own space, but it’s not uncommon to want to frame two pieces in the same space.
In this demonstration, we’ll show you how to hang two frames of the same size so that you can make sure to get a uniform look!
If you’re having your pieces custom framed, ask the framer to make the wire height the same for each. This will make things easier for you when it comes to hanging them.
Before we start, make sure to have the following:
- Two Hangers
- Post It Notes
- Tape Measure
Place your pictures side-by-side on the floor with approximately 4″ between them.
Next, we’ll go straight up between the two pictures and up to eye level to place a sticky note. Once posted, use your pencil to mark the center (Center Mark).
Now we have to establish our height. Take one of your pictures, and place it up at eye height, and mark the top of the frame with a sticky note (Top Mark). We don’t have to worry about centering the frame at this point since we’ll do that later using the first sticky note.
Bring one of your pictures over to a flat work surface and check the back. If you’re having something custom framed, ask your framer to put the wire height the same on all your different pictures.
Use the tape measure to pull up from the center of the frame and measure to the top of your frame. In our example, it’s 3.25″.
Bring your first picture back, and remember to place it 4″ from the other picture. Then repeat the process above for your second picture to make sure that the distance between the top of the wire and the top of the frame is the same as your first picture.
To make things easier, place a sticky note to the left of your center marking sticky note (first one), and another sticky note to the right of your top mark (second sticky note).
Double-check that you still have 4″ between your two frames before measuring for the center point. To get your center point for each picture, measure from the left end of your left picture to the left end of your right picture. You can watch our video if you need help with this part, and in our example the distance ended up being 18.25″. This is the distance from center to center of each picture.
Take half of your center-to-center distance (9.125″ in our example) and line up that halfway point on your tape measure with the center mark on your sticky note. Place the extra sticky note on the left side under the end of your tape measure and make a vertical mark that point.
Then, take the extra stick note on the right side and make a vertical mark at the end point.
Line up your level between the two points, and make sure that the bubble is centered. Once it is, make a horizontal mark on each end to intersect the vertical marks you had made before. These intersecting points will represent the center for both your left and right frames.
Leave the sticky notes up, and bring over your two hanging hooks and a hammer. Place your hanging hook, so that the bottom of the hook sits directly above the center mark for your right frame. Then, tap in the nail at a slight angle until it’s all the way in.
Repeat this process for the left frame.
Now you can remove all of our sticky notes, and we’re ready to hang the pictures.
Take your left picture, and place your hand behind the picture to find your wire. Once you have it, make sure that the wire is properly hanging from the hook, and then repeat the process for the right picture.
We’ll make sure that each is approximately straight by eye first, then grab your level and place them across the top of the two frames to make sure that both are level and you’re all done!
Have a questions about how to hang or display something? Let us know in the comments below and we would be happy to help!