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What’s a Centerline?

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A centerline is one of the most useful engineering “tools” you’ll ever use, and once you know how you can make everything in your house look a little more … centered.

Centerline applications are practically endless, but there are a few ways you’ll use this trick all the time, if you don’t already.

Centerline Defined

A centerline is a line drawn in the center between two points. So, on a wall, the centerline would mark the midpoint between either edge, but a centerline can be used anywhere.

You can use a pencil, painter’s tape or anything else you want to make your centerline, and how exact it needs to be is relative to the space you’re bisecting.

Here are just a few things you can center with a centerline:

Hanging Picture Frames

Let’s say you want to hang a frame at the exact midpoint of a wall. First, measure the length of the wall, divide by two and then draw your centerline. Now, place your mounting hardware anywhere on the line – ta da!

Mounting Hardware & Decor

There are plenty of things you might want to center: range hoods, towel bars, mirrors and drawer hardware are just a few things that come to mind.

Remember, your centerline doesn’t have to bisect a wall length. To hang a mirror that's centered above your mantel, make a centerline on the wall that bisects the mantel length.

Centering Furniture

Yep, you can even make sure your furniture is aligned by using centerlines. Imagine you want your couch to be perfectly framed by the wall. Use tape to mark the centerline on your wall (or even the floor) as well as on your couch, and then line them up.

Now even your furniture is on the straight and narrow. 

A centerline makes hanging art like this 5-panel piece by All My Walls much easier.

Always use a centerline when mounting range hoods like this one by Cavaliere Hoods to ensure perfect alignment above your stovetop.

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