How high should a picture be hung? How low should a chandelier hang over a dining room table? What's the appropriate height for an end table?
Here are some helpful guidelines:
Hanging Pictures – generally, pictures should be hung at eye level, but who eye level? Hang it so that the center is at 5'8 "to 5'10". But it should refer to the height of the furniture (and the objects on it) and not be hung too high. Also, the width of a piece of art or group of art should be a minimum of 2/3 the length of the piece of furniture it is hanging over. If hanging two or more pictures next to each other, the ideal spacing is 3 to 4 inches between them but no more than 8 inches.
Dining Table Chandelier – the bottom of the chandelier should be 30 to 36 inches from the tabletop.
Cocktail / Coffee Table -Should be 2/3 to 3/4 the size of the couch or loveseat they are in front of and should be placed 12 to 16 inches from the edge of the seat to allow for legroom.
End Tables – for comfort (and so not to knock things over), the height of an end table next to a sofa or chair should be within 3 inches of the height of the arm of the sofa or chair.
Table Lamps – the bottom of the shade should be within 2 to 4 inches of your eye level.
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