How To Display Taxidermy
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Tips For Displaying Taxidermy

While not for everyone mounted taxidermy can make a great decorative statement in the right room. Many hunters and fishing enthusiasts love to see their mounted catches hung on the wall. A log cabin or sports den room would look great decorated with taxidermy be it your own or antique finds. Hanging fish mounts bear heads deer heads and the like should be done with care to produce the desired effect.

You have just purchased a stuffed deer head that will be a focal point of your theme in the sports den. You mark your spot and drive a nail into the wall on the fireplace placing your stuffed deer head on it. Nothing could be easier!

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Taking a step back, you admire your new purchase. You look at the wall from different angles. Then you squint at the mount. Something is definitely not right but you cant put your finger on it.

If you have ever found yourself dissatisfied with the appearance of the decorations on your walls you are not alone. Many people make the same common mistakes that the eye can read as awkward but the individual does not know how to fix. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when arranging wall art or other wall décor on a wall:

Hanging Large Pieces:

Large mounts can be a focal point so you should be careful to place it in an appropriate area. Where does large hangings look best? Try over a couch, behind the dining set, over a fireplace or on a feature wall. A feature wall is where the placement of furniture or the layout of the home naturally guides the eye to a wall - a great place to feature special taxidermy pieces.

Hanging Small Pieces:

Try to group small pieces if possible. Using similar or matching frames and matting make this look more pleasing. If you don’t have a group, a smaller piece should be hung low and close to the furniture.

Hanging Groups Of Mounts:

The key to grouping pieces together is to space them properly. Each item should be spaced about 3 inches away from the items on either side. Before you start making holes in the wall, try laying them out on the floor so you can figure out the best spot for each piece.


Taxidermy mounts looks best when hung with the center point at eye level. That means the center should be about 60 to 66 inches from the floor. If you've visited a gallery you will see that the frames are not lined up by their top or bottom edges but that the pictures are all centered at the same height.

If your mount will be viewed from a sitting position – like from the couch or dining table, you should hang at the eye level of the sitter.

Décor hung behind a couch should be no more than 8 to 10 inches above the back of the couch.

When you use these easy tips, you’ll be able to create great wall décor that looks like it was arranged by a professional.

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