How To Hang Vintage Posters
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Tips For Displaying Vintage Posters

Vintage posters can have aesthetic appeal as well as monetary value. The best way to enjoy your vintage finds is to hang them right on your wall. Learning how to best hang and arrange them is key to making a great presentation.

You have found a great old theater poster that will look great hanging in the kitchen. You mark your spot and drive a nail into the wall behind the table and slip your old theater poster on it. Perfect!

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You take a step back to admire your handiwork. You look at the wall from different angles. You squint at the poster. 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 on a wall:

Hanging Large Posters:

The larger posters should be your focal point. Be sure to hang it in the right spot. Where do larger pieces look the 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 colorful posters.

Hanging Small Posters:

Try to group small pieces if possible. Use a common theme like, color, framing or style to pull them together. Hang a single smaller piece low on the wall and as close to the furniture as possible, otherwise it will seem to be floating.

Hanging Posters In Groups:

Whether you are creating a grid of equal sized frames or composing a collection of various sizes the rule of spacing is the same. Space them about 3” away from each other. Try positioning them on the floor or a table to get a pleasing arrangement before placing the nails and measure carefully before making any holes.


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

If you are hanging it behind the couch, make sure it is no more than 10” above the back.

Use these tips to create a designer look on your walls!

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