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How to Hang Canvas Art

  • by Arthur Harrison
  • 3 min read

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Painting on canvas has been around since the 16th century, and it is widely used for oil or acrylic paintings. A canvas art piece is made from light-sensitive fabric stretched over a frame and filled with pigment.

In this article, however, we will address how to hang canvas art.

Hanging canvas art can add a personal touch to your home, office, or any space for that matter depending on the subject matter of course. You can hang a single piece or several works depending on the look you are going for and how much space and art you have.

Here are some steps to follow to hang your canvas art:

1. Gather your tools and materials. 

You will need a drill, a hammer, nails or screws, a measuring tape, and a level.

2. Choose a location for your canvas. 

Consider the size and shape of the canvas, the room's lighting, and the space's overall aesthetic. Once you've found the right place, pencil-mark the area for reference.

You can also do this easily by using paper templates. This way, you can visualize how your layout will look on the wall. To make a paper template, follow these steps:

  1. Trace your frame on a piece of paper and cut it out.
  2. Use painter's tape to attach the paper template to the wall.

3. Measure the height at which you want to hang the canvas. 

A good rule of thumb is to hang the center of the canvas at eye level, typically about 57-60 inches from the floor. However, you can adjust this height to suit your personal preferences and the specific characteristics of the room.

4. Install hangers at the back of the canvas.

As some of you might already know, Picture Hang Solutions offers a wide variety of hangers to choose from. It can get overwhelming but don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. 

You can use sawtooth hangers, D-rings, or French cleats for canvas art. 

Sawtooth hangers are small metal brackets with a serrated edge on one side. There are a lot of variations of this picture hanger, including sawtooth hangers for wood frames and metal frames, with hole slots for screws as well as nailess sawtooth hangers.

Meanwhile, D-rings, also known as strap hangers, are steel ring hangers held in place by a steel strap that has been doubled over. These wood frame hangers have a wide range of sizes, making them perfect for various objects, big and small.  

You can directly hang the object onto a screw or hook on the wall when using D-rings. Another option would be to attach a picture hanging wire onto the D-rings. If you don’t know how to do so, here’s how:

Last but not least, you can also hang canvas art with French cleats. However, these are less frequently used since canvas art is typically lighter and cleats would be overkill as they hold heavy frames. 

They are still useful, nonetheless, particularly on larger canvases because they are able to cover a wide area.

Canvas art is typically very light so cleats are not really the most frequently used hanger. For very large pieces, cleats or wire would be used. Sawtooths or wire are much more common.

5. Install picture hanging hooks or screws on the wall.

To hang canvas art on the wall, you can use either Nickel Hooks, Brass Hooks or Bear Claw Screw Hangers. 

Nickel and Brass hooks have three variations, based on their weight capacity: 

  • 30 lbs
  • 50 lbs
  • 100 lbs

Watch this helpful video by ColorbyFeliks to learn more about how to hang canvas art featuring Picture Hang Solutions’ 30 lb Brass Hook.

On the other hand, Bear Claw Screw Hangers are double-headed anchorless drywall screws that are perfect for pictures, art, and wall decor. They can support 30 lbs on drywall without a stud and 100 lbs when installed on a wall stud.

Sawtooth hangers are best paired with Bear Claw Screw Hangers only. D-rings and wired frames are suitable for both Nickel or Brass Hooks and Bear Claw Screw Hangers.

6. Hang the canvas.

Carefully hang the canvas on the wall, making sure it is level and straight. Use your level to double-check that the canvas is hanging evenly.

7. Step back and admire your handiwork! 

That’s it, job well done! Now you know how easy hanging canvas art is!

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, hanging canvas art can be a simple and rewarding task. By following the steps mentioned above and using the recommended picture hangers, you can easily and confidently hang your canvas art. You’ll create a beautiful and inviting space in your home in no time!

Have questions about hanging your artwork? Just send us a message, and we'll gladly assist!

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