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Hanging Prints Above a Bed

When decorating a bedroom, the space above a bed is the perfect space to display beautiful fine art prints. This is generally a pretty wide open space of wall with plenty of vertical space to take advantage of. Our vintage photography prints make a great addition to any decor, and we have countless options to choose from to find the perfect print or prints for your space. 

Consider the Amount of Space to Fill

When planning what you would like to display on the wall above a bed, you’ll need to figure out how much room you have to work with, and how you’d like to fill that space. 

Headboard or no headboard

Art Above Bed

Whether or not you have a headboard on your bed with have an impact on how much space you have. With a headboard, you will of course need to hang your prints above the headboard. If the headboard is particularly tall this will take up some of your vertical space, so you may want to consider a large horizontal image to fit the space. Even if you don’t have a headboard, you’ll still need to make sure you hang your prints high enough that you won’t be bumping your head into them when sitting up in bed. 

Wall height

If your bedroom has very high or vaulted ceilings you’ll have extra space to work with, and this will give you more options for how you choose to decorate the space above your bed. You could hang a large, vertical print to fill the vertical height and make a bold statement. 

Choosing Print Sizes

Once you’ve found an image or images that you love, you’ll need to decide what size you’d like your prints to be. All of our image are available in a number of different sizes to accommodate any budget or space. 

Large Prints

Large prints are a great statement piece for any space, and make a great addition to your bedroom decor. Most of the image in our collection are available in large sizes.

Bed Sizes

The specific size of print that will fit above your bed will depend on the size of your bed. If you need some inspiration, you can check out our cheatsheet for print sizes, which gives general guidelines for what size prints will fit above different furniture sizes. If you have a lot of space to work with, you could hang multiple prints, or if you have less space you can make a statement with one large print. 

Gallery Wall above bed

Gallery Wall

The wall space above a bed has the potential to be a great space to create a gallery wall. Especially if you have a larger size bed, you’ll have quite a bit of room to work with. Gallery walls involve hanging multiple prints, generally of varying sizes and orientations, in a layout across a large space of wall. This can be as simple as an evenly space out grid, or a more complex layout with a dozen prints of various sizes arranged to fit together perfectly. The options here are pretty endless, but you’ll want to do some planning before ordering your prints to make sure you get all the sizes you need. 

How to Hang Prints

Hanging prints can be daunting if you’ve never done it before, but with some practice you’ll quickly become a pro. There are quite a few options for hanging hardware, and which option you choose generally depends on the weight of your print/frame, and whether or not you are hanging directly into a stud in the wall. If you are using a stud, this will add quite a bit of strength, as a nail hammered directly into a stud won’t get pulled down from weight the way a nail in drywall would. 

If you are not using a stud, there are plenty of great options for hanging hardware that work with drywall. These can be found at any hardware store, and all you’ll need to use them is a hammer. These hangers come in different sizes, based on the weight of what you are hanging. 

Print Hanging Above Bed


Overestimate weight 

When buying your hanging hardware, you’ll find that the different sizes are labeled with weight ratings. If you don’t know the exact weight of your print, overestimating is always the safe bet. Even if you are sure of the weight, it never hurts to go up a size in hanging hardware to get the piece of mind that your print or frame is not going to come crashing down if the hardware fails from the strain of the weight.  

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