General Guidelines for 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. 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 along with my own insights!
General Guidelines I learned:
- For hanging shelves above a couch, measure 10” above the back of the couch.
- When 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:
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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. This one from Ridgid did the job, but any level app (or level) will do. 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. It looks a little off in the picture, but I blame that on my picture taking skills. Ha! I promise you, they are straight!
- Download any free level app; it’ll make your project much easier.
- In my opinion, the general measurement guidelines above were perfect!
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