Whether it's a faint tinkle or a louder clang, the sounds of a wind chime may become mute if you do not hang the chimes where you can hear them. After choosing a wind chime with a look and sound you like, find the perfect spot to hang it. Put up a wind chime where the melodious sounds will reach you as you enjoy the other sights and sounds of your landscape.
Scout around your yard for a spot where the wind chime will catch the wind. For the best chiming effect, you need a spot that receives a continuous breeze. Find a place for the wind chime away from plants or furnishings that might obstruct the wind. One of the best places for a wind chime is the outside corner of a building, such as a house, garage or shed, where wind blows continuously. If this location is where you can easily hear and see the wind chime, then the spot is ideal.
Install the hanging apparatus. Generally, the higher you hang a wind chime the better, because it will catch more wind the higher it hangs. Install a bracket hook on the side of a building at an outside corner by screwing screws through the holes of the bracket and into the wood. If you cannot use a bracket hook to hang the wind chime, use a tall shepherd's hook instead and push the point of the shepherd's hook into the ground at the location of your choosing.
Place the ring at the top of the wind chime directly onto the hook you installed. For the best chiming results and the purest sounds from the wind chime, do not add any extensions between the ring of the wind chime and the hook. Even adding chain or fishing line here can change the way the wind chime moves and sounds.
The wind chime experts at Davis Blanchard Wind Chimes recommend suspending a wind chime at least 1 foot out from a wall, while the experts at The Chimes of Your Life recommend a distance of at least 2 feet. If you use a bracket hook to hang the wind chime from a building, pay attention to the length of the bracket so your wind chime will hang somewhere between these two recommendations. Try moving the wind chime to different locations throughout the year because the wind usually blows differently during different seasons.