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
16 x 20 print // 20 x 24 frame
24 x 30 print // 32 x 40 frame
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
16 x 20 canvas
24 x 30 canvas
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
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!