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How to Place a Wall Clock in Your Living Room

So, you’ve decided that a wall clock is the next item on your living room decor list.

Congratulations, you’ve made an excellent choice! Wall clocks are a timeless decorative tool that can work well in any living room style.

Whether you're still picking out a clock or have one ready to hang, follow this quick guide to placing a wall clock in your living.

How To Pick A Wall Clock

As I mentioned earlier, wall clocks come in a wide variety of styles.

Regardless of your living room’s vibe, there’s sure to be an option that fits.

Don’t feel pressed for time if you haven’t decided on a clock yet.

Here are a few different options to help you visualize a clock in your home.




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Vintage classic:

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Wooden Clock:

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How High to Hang a Wall Clock

When it comes to how high you should hang a wall clock, there are two things you should consider.

The first is the vertical placement on the wall.

Clocks work best at two height options, either between eye and chest level or above eye level.

If you’re going for a high clock, it should be higher than the tallest obstruction in the room. 

Think over a doorway, window, or mantel.


The second is the size of the clock.

If you have an oversized clock, especially one with hanging pendulums, above eye level is the place to be.

This helps balance the room’s visual weight and keeps your clock from dominating the rest of your decor.

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Where To Hang Your Wall Clock

In addition to height, where you hang your wall clock is also important to consider.

If you're thinking about a spot above a mantel, window, doorway, advises leaving 4 to six inches of space between your clock and any surrounding lighting, furniture, or other art.

Otherwise, try placing a clock opposite a window or doorway, facing north, east, or northeast for good luck.

Clocks also work well above couches, tables, and bookshelves.

Just be mindful that it doesn’t compete for attention with the other items in your living room.

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How To Hang Your Wall Clock

It’s high time you hung your clock! With your spot carefully picked out, follow these steps to ensure your clock is safely secured to your living room wall.

Remember to recruit a friend if you need help.


Step 1:

If you’re hanging a large, heavy clock, use a stud finder to locate the stud within your wall.

If you’re not using a stud, Home Decor Bliss suggests using anchor screws or nails to support your clock's weight.

Typically, clocks under 20lbs will not need anchors for support.


Step 2:

Hold your clock in place over where you want to hang it.

Then mark the topmost point of your clock with a pencil.

With a heavier clock, ask your friend to hold it or make the mark for you.

Bonus points if your friend is named Mark.


Step 3:

Measure the distance between the top of the clock and the hanger on the back of your clock.

Then use your pencil to make a mark the same distance down from your previous mark.

For example, if your hanger is 4 inches down from the top of your clock, make your second mark 4 inches below the first one.

This is where your screw or nails will go when drilling.


Step 4:

Use a drill or screwdriver to secure your anchor(s) to the wall.

If your clock is lighter and you aren’t using anchors, 1/3rd of the screw should be visible.


Step 5:

Hang your clock! Congrats, it looks great!


Now's your time

As you can see, there are a wide variety of options when it comes to choosing and placing a wall clock in your living.

That’s all we have time for today, but hopefully, we saved you some time in the process.

If there’s any important clock-hanging information you feel we missed, leave a comment letting us know.

This way, we can update future versions of this post with your help.


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