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Cheat Sheet for Print Sizes

Cheat Sheet for Print Sizes

Looking to fill a particular spot in your home with a fine art print, but not sure what size you need? We’re here to help! We’ve put together this cheat sheet to help you quickly find the size you need. Please keep in mind these are estimates based on the average sizes of different furniture pieces, and the decor you have in your home may vary. This is a great starting point, but if you want to be more precise, it’s always a good idea to measure your specific space.

Paper vs. Canvas

An important note before diving into suggested print sizes: canvas prints are ready to hang on the wall as is, so the print size you order can be the full width of the space you need to fill. 

Paper prints, however, will need to be framed. The frame will add additional size to the print, but the specific amount of extra size will depend on your framing preference. If you prefer a thin, sleek frame with no mat, you won’t need to account for much extra space. If you like a wide mat inside the frame, you’ll need to take that into account. 

If you need some help understanding different framing options, check out our blog post on the topic here.

Print sizes for bedrooms

Our vintage photography prints are a great way to bring some unique decor into your bedroom. If you have neutral-toned bedding, a bright color photograph can be a great way to bring a bit of extra warmth to your space. On the flip side, if your bedding is the bold statement of the room, you might want to go with a black-and-white image to not distract from the bedding. 

Hanging prints above your bed

One framed art piece above bed

The space above a bed can be tricky to fill, especially if you have a larger bed. You could opt for a single, large print, or two smaller prints side by side. We’ll cover the basics to get you started.

King bed

King-size beds are 76” wide, so you’ve got a lot of space to work with. If you’ve got enough vertical space (meaning either a short headboard or no headboard at all), you could opt for a large, 40”x60” print. If you don’t have as much vertical space, you could go for a long panoramic image that isn’t as tall. Another option would be two smaller prints side by side. Two horizontal 20”x30” or 24”x30” prints or frames would fill the space well. 

Queen bed 

At 60” wide, queen beds still give you enough space to hang a statement piece above the bed. A 30”x40” print or frame would look great centered over the bed, leaving enough room on each side for the print to breathe. Alternatively, you could opt for two vertical 20”x30” prints or frames hung next to each other. 

Full bed

Full-size beds are 53” wide. If you’d like your print/frame to fill the majority of the space, a 30”x40” would be ideal. For two smaller prints/frames, two horizontal 16”x20” prints or frames would space out perfectly in that area. 

Two Framed pieces above bed

Twin bed

At just 38” wide, twin beds give you the least amount of space to work with, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have beautiful prints! You could hang a single 20”x30” print or frame horizontally to fill the space perfectly. Or, if you’ve got the vertical space above the bed, you could hang a 30”x40” vertically for a larger statement piece. 

You could even create a mini gallery wall in this space by creating a 2x2 grid with four prints/frames each measuring either 16”x16” or 11”x14” (with the latter being hung horizontally). 

Print sizes for living rooms

The living room is a great spot for vintage photography prints. Hanging prints in your living room puts them front and center when hosting guests, serving as great conversation starters. 

Hanging prints above your seating

The most common space to need to fill is the wall space above our living room seating. If you’ve got a very large couch, it can be a little intimidating trying to figure out how to fill so much space. Based on average seating dimensions, we can offer some suggestions. 

Two framed prints above a couch

Above couch

Three-cushion couches are typically around 90” wide. That’s quite a lot of room to work with, so we’d recommend hanging multiple prints in this space. A great option would be to create a gallery wall, hanging several prints of varying sizes and orientations together. You can check out our guide to creating a gallery wall if you’d like some inspiration. Another option would be simply hanging a few prints of the same size in a row. Four vertical 20”x30” prints/frames would space out nicely, or two horizontal 30”x40” prints/frames. 

Above loveseat 

Loveseats generally measure around 58”. A single 30”x40” print or frame would look great centered above a loveseat. Alternatively, two vertical 24”x30” prints would work as well. 

Print sizes for bathrooms

It isn’t always the first spot we think of, but bathrooms are a great spot for smaller pieces, as there’s generally less wide open wall space. 

Above toilet

Many bathrooms have the perfect amount of space for a small print or frame above the toilet. A vertical 20”x30” print or frame will generally fit in this space; or to give it a little more space around the edges, a vertical 16”x20” is a great option. 

Search by size!

Now that you have an idea of what size to look for, you can filter your print options. Not all of our images are available in the same sizes, as proportions and file sizes vary. You can use the search at the top of any page to search for a specific size. For example, just search “16x20” or “30x40” to see all images available in those sizes. 

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