We get a ton of emails from clients asking what size art is most appropriate to hang above a bed. There’s a lot of factors to consider – bed size, ceiling height, headboard height, if there’s lighting above the bed, etc. Ultimately it boils down to personal preference and because I know it can be hard figuring out where to start when cutting out paper to see what you like best, I thought I’d give you a starting point.
The bed shown above is a double so it measures 54 inches across. The left column simulates what it would be like if you were to hang the photograph without a mat, say, if it was a stretched canvas or had some other sort of flush mounting. The column on the right shows pieces in standard size frames with mats that are readily available at photo labs and art stores, though frames larger 20 x 24 can be harder to find. Framing can be a good way to make a smaller piece of art look larger, plus it can add a finished look and a nice architectural detail to the space.
So what size art do you like for above a bed? Do you prefer matted pieces or unmatted? Are there other areas of your home that you’re struggling with art sizes? Maybe above a couch or chair?