Choosing the right size picture to hang over your couch involves knowing how to avoid overpowering your sofa with the picture or framed artwork by achieving balance. Consider the size of the piece of furniture, then choose a picture that is in proportion to it.
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Things you need
- Tape measure
Measure your couch with a tape measure to determine its total length and write the figure down to take with you when you shop for a picture.
Shop for a picture that is at least half as wide as the couch you will hang it above. You can select a picture that is more than half as wide, as long as it is not wider than the entire length of the couch. For example, if your couch is 72 inches long (6 feet), choose a picture that is at least 36 inches but not more than 72 inches wide.
Measure pictures with your tape measure when shopping if the dimensions are not evident. Don't rely on your eyes to estimate the width.
Hang the picture in the centre of the wall space above the sofa, with the bottom edge of the frame approximately 6 to 9 inches above the back of the piece of furniture.
Tips and warnings
- If you can't find one large picture to hang over your sofa, consider a grouping of small pictures and space them 3 to 4 inches apart over the top of the couch. Just make sure the overall space you cover is at least half the width of the couch. A grouping will work best on a smaller wall.
- If the picture is understated and doesn't contain hard lines and bold subjects, you can hang it closer to the back of the couch. Instead of hanging the bottom edge of the frame 6 to 9 inches above the back of the couch, place it 3 to 5 inches above.
- Choose a picture that will complement your couch, not detract from it.
- Don't hang a large picture over your couch for the sake of filling the space. Find something you really like and that you will enjoy viewing every day.
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