You may have some idea of what clock you want and what kind of style you’re going for, but where do you put it? Knowing where to mount wall clocks can be difficult sometimes, which is why we have several things to consider below.

Using these tips, you should be able to answer the burning questions that will help you figure out the perfect place for your clock. Some types of clocks are better when mounted in certain places.

If you don’t even have a clock in mind yet, you’ll need one to properly figure out where it should go. Many manufacturers make them, like Rolex wall clocks, for example, so finding them is a breeze thanks to the Internet.

Declutter First

First, it’s a good idea to declutter the room which the clock is going in. Since we’re focusing on the living room, which can be one of your home’s most cluttered rooms, this is important.

This allows you to see your room for what it is, with its natural space and all the items that you want in there. Then it’s easier to see if the clock is a good fit and, if so, where the clock should be mounted.

This is very important if you’re going for a minimalist style, too. Even if your walls are very well decorated with statement pieces and trinkets, those are not examples of clutter. Clutter is the things that you don’t want in a room, that can be moved elsewhere or packaged out of sight without changing the room’s décor.

It’s important to note that busy walls will make your clock less noticeable. This may impact your decision to mount the clock on a busier wall instead of one that is relatively bare.

Decluttering is also a good idea in general to declutter often and keep your home fresh and clean for visitors.

Vertical Placement

One of the first things you should know is how high the clock will be on the wall. There are only two realistic options here, those being at eye level or above head level. It isn’t too much trouble to tilt our heads up to look at a clock, as is common with clocks in classrooms, but nobody wants to bend over just to see the time.

If you’re going for a higher clock, try to place it above every other decorative item and make sure it’s easy to see from most angles. Placing the clock over a doorway, mantel, or window is a great way to do that.

Then consider the size. Know that clocks with pendulums and other fixtures are better at eye level. They can work well when mounted above a small table or workstation, where you can have easy access to the time at any one moment.

Remember that it’s best to leave five to eight inches between your clock and other fixtures in the room, like wall decorations or furniture that’s flush against the wall.

How To Mount A Wall Clock

Once you’ve decided where the clock can go in your living room, you’ll need to go through the motions of hanging it up. Fortunately, this can be done in four easy steps.

1) First, make sure your clock is under twenty pounds. If it is, you can use a screw or other hanging mechanism. If it’s a heavier clock, you’ll need to anchor it to a stud or other sturdy fixture within your walls.

2) Hold your clock in the position you want it, then mark the top. You may need some help to do this, especially with heavier clocks.

3) If the clock has a hanger on the back, measure the distance between that and the top of the clock. Using that measurement, mark the appropriate distance below your first mark.

4) Now that you know where the hanger is and where the top of the clock will be, drill or place a hanging device onto the wall. If you’re drilling, a third of the screw should hang from the wall. Once all that has been done, all that’s left is to hang it!


Hopefully, these tips have helped you in deciding where your clock should go and how to mount it afterward. Once you have cleaned the area and figured out where the clock should go vertically, the rest should come naturally and be a matter of taste. After all, everybody’s décor differs and some placement options will go better with rustic styles than minimalist ones.