The Right Height to Hang Shelves
Since we have painted and upgraded the house a little, I have been very careful with making the right choices for hanging things on my walls. In case you are wondering, yes those are some of my Halloween decorations above, not my everyday decorations…ha! I did an online search for guidelines for the right height to hang shelves the other day. In my research I found the eHow gave me the best advice. I thought it was valuable so I thought I’d pass it on!
General Guidelines I learned:
- For hanging shelves above a couch, measure 10” above the back of the couch.
- For hanging shelves on a hallway wall, measure up from the floor 5-6 feet.
- For hanging shelves on a dining room or living room wall, measure up from the floor 4-4.5 feet.
What You Will Need:
- Measuring tape
I started by measuring the width of the wall space and the width of the shelf. I wanted it centered so I subtracted the shelf width (from the screw holes) from the wall width and divided by 2. The remainder is the distance between the ends the shelf and the wall. I also measured 4.5 feet from the floor.
With the help of my husband, I had him hold the shelf in place while I used a free level app on my iPhone to make sure the shelf was straight. I used a pencil to mark where the screws should be placed and screwed in the first (bottom) shelf.
For the second shelf, I had in mind what knick knacks I wanted to put on top of it, and decided on placing it 16 inches above the second shelf. Again, I used the level to make sure it was straight.
- Download a free level app; it’ll make your project much easier.
- In my opinion, the general measurement guidelines above were perfect!