Tips For Hanging Antique Cast Iron Floor Grates
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Hanging Your Antique Cast Iron Floor Grates

Those old square cast iron floor grates make great decorations. Many of them have interesting designs that look wonderful when hung on the wall. Proper placement is key to making them look right.

You have just purchased a floor grate that will be a focal point of your theme in the kitchen. So you bring it into the room and hammer a nail into the wall near the fridge placing your floor grate on it. Easy!

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You stand back, pleased with your accomplishment. You look at the wall from different angles. Then you squint at the grate. Something’s not right about it, but what?

If this has happened to you – you hang something and you cant figure out why it doesnt look right, you are not the only one. Most people make little mistakes while hanging decorations – things the eye tells you dont look right but the brain cant figure out why. Below are some tips to keep in mind when hanging pictures or wall hangings on a wall:

Hanging Large Grates:

Larger floor grates could be the focus of your décor so you must make sure you hang it in a spot that is appropriate for the size and focus. 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 unusual grates.

Hanging Small Grates:

Grouping smaller pieces looks nice and can make a great statement. Using similar or matching frames and matting make this look more pleasing. A smaller piece can look strange if you try to put it in the middle of a wall so you should hang it lower on the wall and near a piece of furniture.

Grouping Floor Grates:

You can group items of any size together for an interesting display. Space them about 3” away from each other. Lay the pieces out on the floor first so that you can find the perfect arrangement. Then measure carefully and make your holes for hanging.


Floor grates should be hung with the very center level with your eyes. 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 the grate will be viewed from the couch or while sitting at the table, then it should be hung at sitting eye level.

Anything hung behind the couch should be placed no more than 8 or 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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