Best Art Size for Above a Queen Bed

24x30 print above queen size bed

24x30 print above queen size bed

I get asked a lot, a lot, about what the best art size is for above a queen bed.

There’s no real hard and fast law, and if you don’t do it quite right the picture police won’t be showing up at your house in the middle of the night demanding you fix it.

But, life is easier when you have a guide, so let’s get you started so you can figure out what works best in your house, above your bed.

The rule of thumb is that your finished art hanging above any piece of furniture should be 60-80% the width of said furniture. Since a queen size bed is 60 inches wide, that leaves you with something 36-48 inches wide. Frame and all.

I’ve put together some mock-ups so you can get a sense of what that really looks like.

Best Framed Art Size for Above a Queen Bed

16x20 print above queen size bed

16 x 20 print // 20 x 24 frame

 

24x30 print above queen size bed

24 x 30 print // 32 x 40 frame

 

40x50 print above queen size bed

40 x 50 print // 50 x 60 frame

The best bet here is a 24 x 30 inch photograph in a 32 x 40 frame.

A 16 x 20 print in a 20 x 24 frame is way too small on it’s own (though you could consider pairing it up with another piece), and a 40 x 50 print in a 50 x 60 frame is too big (though you may be able to pull it off if you’ve got a nice high ceiling).

 

 


Best Canvas Art Size for Above a Queen Bed

16x20 canvas above queen size bed

16 x 20 canvas

 

24x30 canvas above queen size bed

24 x 30 canvas

 

40x50 canvas above queen size bed

40 x 50 canvas

Canvas-wise 16×20 inches looks teensy tiny above a queen bed. Even a 24×30 is a little on the small side. But that 40×50 canvas is big, almost too big. It looks great, but you definitely need to account for the clearance between your headboard and your ceiling.

Personally, I prefer a framed piece in this particular spot, but if you have your heart set on a canvas you have two options:

1 – you can order a custom size that’s 36-48 inches wide (yes! I can print custom size canvases!)

2 – consider 2-3 canvases that when hung, spaces included, fit in that 36-48 inch range

Plan

Really you’re best to take your own measurements, since some headboards are wider than others, and do your own calculations. Download your art size worksheet at the bottom of this article so you can keep track of what will work best for you.

I’m a planner and a researcher by nature. So whenever I’m thinking about hanging anything on my wall, I get out my painter’s tape and make rectangles that are about the size and position of where I want my art to go. Then I live with it for a couple days and adjust if needed.

Multiple Pieces of Art // Gallery Walls

Above a bed is the perfect place to hang multiple pieces of art. If I’m not doing one large piece of art, I like to go with two or three smaller pieces all lined up in a row. It’s a good strategy, especially if you don’t have super high ceilings (or if you’ve fallen in love with a few vertical photographs). In this case treat all of your artwork as one big piece, and keep the outer width of the whole thing between 36-48 inches.

 

 

Now get out your tape measure and painter’s tape, and start experimenting!

Got a double bed that you’re looking to hang art over? Get ideas from my post here >

And if you’ve got a king size bed, there’s more ideas over here >

Figured out which size you need? Head on over to my shop and pick out your favourite horizontal or vertical photographs.

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8 thoughts on “Best Art Size for Above a Queen Bed

  1. Shirley Renz says:

    What style of window treatment is best in a bedroom. Window 6’ wide 3’ high 45” from floor to bottom of window 13” top of window to ceiling.

    • Jennifer says:

      Hi Shirley, Great question! I’m really not sure. I’m an artist, not an interior designer. Did you try Pinterest? In our bedroom I have a set of dark wood-slat blinds (though next time I’d probably opt for a black-out roller blind for maximum darkness) and a set of plain white curtains.

  2. Natasha says:

    Hi. I wouldlike yo buy a large framed print 160x 120cm for my queen bed. Could i make it balanced with edside tables. Or its just too big?

    • Jennifer says:

      Hi Natasha, Are those the dimensions of the frame or the print? Either way, that’s pretty big. Likely wider than your bed, depending on your headboard. The numbers in the article are meant to be a starting point for a typical bed and room, your best bet is to use painter’s tape and mask off the area to see how it will look. Good luck!

      Maybe above your bed isn’t the best place for this framed print? Have you considered hanging it beside your bed? Or at the foot? That way you’ll be able to see it while you’re drifting off to sleep.

  3. Jacqueline Lynch says:

    I have a long back wall against which my bed sits and it is not perfectly centered. My walls are 9ft but the right wall has a bulkhead abutting on the back reducing that corner to 8 ft. Headboard is 41″ high. The two black and whites I want to hang are. 42″ h 32″ w. I don’t want to hang only one over center of my headboard as the wall would look to bare. I really want to position the two pieces on either side of the bed still centering them 57″ from the floor which means the bottom will hang exactly 36 inches from the floor. My bed is low profile so this works. Do you think I’m heading to a disaster? I just want someone to say it will work. I like being different from the mainstream anyhow 🙂 Putting holes in my walls has always been a big fear of mine and I just painted everything a gorgeous pepper black grey. I don’t forsee ever hanging anything above the headboard with this arrangement.

    • Jennifer says:

      Hi Jacqueline! I’m by no means a designer, I’m just an artist trying to help my collectors figure out which size art best fits their homes. I totally hear you about being afraid to put holes in your wall, sooo many people are. My best suggestion is to get painters tape and use it to mask of rectangles the same size as the art you’d like to hang, then see what you think of the positioning. Live with it a few days, move it around. Experiment. Have fun!

  4. Rita says:

    Help!! Will two 21″ W x 27″ framed (no mattes) signs be sufficient to hang over a arched headboard? If not, what size should I be looking for?

    • Jennifer says:

      Hi Rita, I’m not a designer, but as an artist I typically suggest to my clients that they use low tack painter’s tape to make rectangles on their walls where they’d like to hang their art to see how the size will look. Give that a shot and see what you think.

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