How To Hang A Canvas In Easy Steps And Without Damages

Are you looking for smart ways to decorate your bedroom walls, your living room or your shelves? Canvas prints are one of the simplest ways to decorate and customise your home decor. They’re adaptable, inexpensive, and come in a variety of sizes. Today’s printing technology is so advanced that stretched canvas reproductions of almost any photo, graphic, fine art, printed poetry or song lyric will look spectacular. Plus, you can make and print all of this fantastic canvas wall art entirely online.

Woman hangs photo canvas on wall with her daughter

The thing is that after you’ve chosen your photographs and the sizes of your canvas prints, the following step is to hang them properly. However, it is not a piece of cake and hanging your canvas print isn’t as straightforward as hammering a nail into the wall. You may already know how to hang stuff around your home, like plants from the ceiling, curtains, or even your long dresses in your closet, but what about this one? There are a few things to think about ahead of time, and that’s why we’ve put together a list of creative methods to hang your canvas art.

Calculating and finding the right spot

Before you start, keep in mind that small, framed or unframed, canvas prints, which are less than 40 X 40 cm, can be simply fixed on the wall with a single nail and a saw tooth bracket on the frame’s top corners using a screwdriver. When it comes to wooden frames that are a little larger, though, a hanging wire attached to the frame’s side is the best option. This art wire or string will hold the weight of the canvas frame to ensure stability.

Consider what type of wall you have as well. If your walls are made of concrete or brick, you may require special assistance while drilling holes in them. However, if you’re working with drywall, you don’t necessarily need any help, and you can efficiently finish up the whole thing within minutes.

3 ways to hang a canvas 

To secure the new canvas in place, use a wire or a sawtooth hanger. Alternatively, you can simply hang the canvas on a broad-headed nail if you want to go the easy way:

Long- haired girl hanging painting canvas

1. Wire hanger

On each side, measure 1/3 of the way down from the top of the canvas. Overturn the back of the canvas and place it on a level surface, like a table. Then, divide the height of the canvas into thirds by measuring it and mark a 1/3 measurement down each vertical wooden stretcher bar with a pencil. 

Next, you will need to twist one steel eye screw into each vertical wooden bar and then locate the marking you just made with this screw. Twist the screw tightly until it feels straight in the wooden stretcher bar where the marking is, and then repeat the process with the second screw on the other wooden bar. 

Ensure the steel eye screws are twisted straight to avoid damaging the wooden bars or the canvas. Cut a piece of steel wire to the canvas’s width plus 20 cm. You will need to cut the steel wire to size with wire cutters after measuring it with painter’s tape. 

The extra length of wire allows it to easily loop through the steel eye screws, securing the wire hanging. Then, tie a knot on the steel wire and make a loop at each end by threading it through the steel eye screws. Each loop should resemble the number six. 

After that, gently tug on the steel wire to tighten each knot. Make sure that the steel wire is loose enough so that the midway point is 5 to 7.5 cm below the top of the canvas when stretched upward.

Wrap the steel wire ends around the wire hanging and make sure to clear the loose ends from the canvas so that they don’t harm it. Then, weave each end tightly around the steel wire to create a neat hanging.

Now, the wire hanging is finished and ready to be used to hang the canvas on the wall. To do so, use a nail or an adhesive picture hook and carefully lay the centre of the wire hanging over it. Continue to support the canvas until you’re confident that the wall and wire hanging are firmly sustaining its weight.

2. Sawtooth hanger

You can get one online or at your local hardware shop. Choose one that is appropriate for the weight of your canvas photo. Check the labelling to make sure you’re getting one that can safely carry the weight. The bigger the canvas is, the bigger the hanging part needs to be.

Sawtooth hanger on a wood

Mark the middle of the canvas along the top wooden bar and flip it over to reveal the bars. Make sure to double-check that it’s oriented correctly, with the stretcher bar at the top. Next, find the central point with a measuring tape or a ruler and mark it with a pencil.

Place the middle of the hanging part over the centre mark on the wooden bar. The central point is usually easy to identify because most of them have a little notch. If it doesn’t have a notch, use a measuring tape or ruler to determine the middle point.

Next, carefully hold it in position and hammer a nail into each of the designated slots to secure it to the wooden bar. To ensure that the canvas hangs appropriately, make sure that it is straight. Don’t hammer the nails in with too much force, as this can damage the canvas. 

Now, you should be able to hang the canvas. Use a nail or adhesive picture hooks to attach the image to the wall. Then, place the hanger‘s raised portion over the nail and adjust it until it feels secure in place.

3. Nails

If this is your first time hanging a canvas, the quickest and simplest way is a broad-headed nail. Although this method is quick and easy, it is not as stable as a wire hanging or a sawtooth so consider this as a last resort.

Gently insert the nail into the wall with a hammer at an upward angle to increase the canvas’s chances of being secure on the nail. To ensure that the canvas hangs straight, place the nail in the middle of the top bar and don’t let go of it until you’re sure the nail can sustain the entire weight of your canvas.

How to hang a large canvas 

If you have large canvases that you can’t wait to display, you can get started with painting hooks or J-hooks:

1. Painting hooks

Divide the height of your canvas by two. This will give you the halfway height or midpoint of your canvas, which is crucial for calculating how high your canvas painting should be hung on the wall. Measure the height with a tape measure, divide by two, and write the results down on a piece of paper.

Your optimal height is the distance between the middle of your canvas and the top of the wall. The centre of the canvas is usually placed at an average eye level, 150 to 170 cm, from the floor. If you’re hanging the canvas above furniture, the centre should still be at this height. 

The distance between the bottom of the canvas and the top of the furniture should be 20 to 30 cm. If your canvas is stretched to its maximum length, measure the distance between the top of the canvas and the highest point of the wire. This will provide you with the distance at which you should hang your canvas from the floor.

Make a pencil mark where you’ll hang your hook on the wall. A single hook or nail will go straight into the point on the wall that you just marked. Next, hammer the nails. Use two hooks spaced 10 to 13 cm apart if you have a heavy canvas or if you want to be extra sure your canvas won’t shift with vibrations. 

Mark two additional sites to hammer in two hooks 6 cm to the left and 6 cm to the right of the central point. Measure the distance from each hook point to the floor and make any necessary adjustments before hammering the hooks into place to ensure they are all the same height. 

Next, place your canvas on the wall and carefully thread the wire through the hooks on the wall. Adjust it to look as straight and level as possible and check the straightness with a spirit level. Your canvas will be level only if the bubble in the tube is in the middle of the two lines. 

Your picture will be tilted if the bubble glides more to one side or the other. Therefore, adjust the canvas as necessary until the bubble lands in the middle of the level’s tube. 

Hooks on a dark background

2. J hooks

When you have a large canvas, J-hooks are an excellent solution. The hooks are usually available in many sizes and with one or two nails. You’ll need three or more hooks, depending on how large the canvas is. Mark the wall with one or more pencil marks

Then, place your J-hooks against the wall, and the nail that comes with it will go straight into them. Finally, pound it in at a slight slant. To avoid the picture hanging crookedly, make sure the hooks are evenly aligned on the wall.

Man hangs color travel canvas

Yes, it’s really that simple! So, if you find yourself with a nice collection of canvas art, no matter what size it is, you now have it all covered! Follow the steps below, and you’ll have great decoration results in no time! Next stop: Learn how to clean a canvas print the right way.

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