How to Hang Canvas Art: Step by Step Guide and Top Tips

how to hang canvas art

Do you have a wall that is blank in your house and you would like to give it a facelift? Probably yes. This guide will answer your most disturbing question of How To Hang Canvas Art in all the ways possible. By the end of this guide, you will be able to give a new booming look to that ‘boring’ wall.

Do you have beautiful canvas art that you would like to stick on your wall? Or do you plan to visit that antique shop and find some cool collection for your blank walls? Once you have made your mind on the placement, the next step is to find a way to hang your art and give your wall a stunning look. The best thing about canvas art is their weight; canvas art tends to be light despite their size. The ability to hang with one nail also gives you an easy time when you want to adjust or transfer to another wall.

How To Hang Canvas Art on a wall

How To Hang Canvas Art

The most important consideration when hanging canvas art is the type of wall you have. Different walls have different methods of hanging canvas art. If you have concrete or brick walls, you may need to follow the alternative ways of hanging wall art. But if you have drywall, you will have to follow the most popular way to easily hang your canvas art. 

What You Will Need

For all the methods to hang wall art, you will need basic tools. You may have some of the tools at home or at your workshop but otherwise, you can visit your local store and purchase the ones you lack.

Here is what you will need:-

  • 1 Pencil or a piece of chalk
  • 1 Hammer
  • 1 Screwdriver
  • 1 Spirit level
  • 2 Wall protector pads

Basic Tips To Hang Your Canvas Art

Before diving into the process of having your wall art, it’s wise to give you some tips to make the process easier and effective. Here are top tips to consider in all the methods that will be discussed.

  • Clean the wall with a damp piece of cloth before hanging your wall art.
  • From the beginning, know the measurements of your wall canvas and keep in mind the center points.
  • Have the wall measurements of where you would like to hang your canvas art.
  • Measure the distance from the ceiling, to the floors and sides where you would like to place your wall art. We recommend having the midpoints at around 50 inches from the floor and 10 inches above furniture levels.
  • Using a pencil or piece of chalk, mark an ‘x’ or a ‘+’ on the center to help guide you.
  • Ensure you place the wall pads at the back of your canvas art to protect your wall from scratches.
  • Where necessary, move furniture and other pieces of accessories to facilitate easy moving when hanging your wall art.
  • Hang the canvas and level it until it is perfectly straight.

Ways To Hang Your Canvas Art

All done. Now that we have all the basics and what we will need for the process, let’s check out the different ways you can use to hang your wall art. It is essential to have all the above mentioned tools at hand before embarking on the process. 


Small pieces of wall art will work better with nails. Always consider the size of your canvas before choosing the nails. Depending on the size of your canvas, you may need one or two nails to make the whole process easy and effective. 

  1. Clean the wall surface using a piece of cloth and mark with a pencil or a piece of chalk
  2. Hammer the nail into the mark leaving at least half an inch out
  3. Hang the wall canvas on the nail

Avoid hammering the nail so hard to minimize wall damages.

a man working on a canvas art

Eye Hooks and J-Hooks

If you have wider or bigger canvases, eye hooks and j-hooks are the way to go. Although they are most popular at professional offices and halls, you will be surprised at how easy it is to hang your wall art at home using them. Small hooks are usually preferred since they do not take much space between the wall and the frame. 

For eye hooks:-

You will need two hooks, a nail, and wire.

  1. Screw the hooks at the top side of the wood frame
  2. Tie the wire between the hooks leaving room for hanging
  3. Hang the canvas on the nail and shape it how you want it displayed

For J-hooks:-

You will need one or more hooks (depending on the size of your wall art).

  1. Place markings on the wall. The number of markings will depend on how many hooks you are using. 
  2. Position your hook(s) on the wall, gently hammering the nail that comes with the hook into the wall
  3. Check to ensure the hooks hang perfectly to have a great display
  4. Hang the canvas on the hooks.

Use the measuring tape to judge the number of hooks you will use to have the canvas hanging sturdily. 

Adhesive Strips

This may be the easiest of all the ways to hang canvas art. Strips are mostly used to avoid causing damage to the walls. Before purchasing the strips ensure you check the maximum weight it can support. The weight of your canvas should guide you on the types of strips to purchase. Strips are easy to use and usually have the manufacturer’s instructions on the pack.

You will need four strips, or more depending on the size of your canvas. 

  1. Mark on the wall strategic positions to hang your canvas – you may draw a straight line for more accuracy
  2. Place the adhesive strips on each of the four corners of your canvas frame. You may add more stripes if need be
  3. Place the canvas on the wall, pressing the stripes to align with the markings on the wall

Sawtooth Brackets

The brackets come in different sizes and shapes. Ensure you pick the correct sizes for the size of your canvas. The brackets should always be placed in the middle of the frame. Use a tape measure to get the measurements of the frame and determine the center.

You will need a sawtooth bracket, screws and a nail.

  1. Hammer the nail into the hook. Hanging the nail at an angle will ensure it takes the whole weight of the canvass.
  2. Mesure the canvas and mark the center point
  3. Place the bracket at the marked point on the back frame
  4. Screw both sides of the bracket firmly

Sawtooth brackets are the most preferred since they offer great stability and firmness of the wall art. They are ideal for both small and medium-sized canvases. They are the simplest and most popular way to hang canvas art

Unframed Wall Art

One or two times maybe, you may come across a piece of art in the stores and the looks capture your eyes. Whether framed or not, that should not bar you from purchasing the piece. For the unframed canvas (often lightweight) use adhesive strips to hang. Follow the procedure given above to ensure the canvas suits your wall and the work is made easier. 

Metal Canvas

Metal art is better known to showcase a personal style and bring extra memories in the event of facelifting your room. Hanging metal art is not as hard as you may think. 

You will need:-

  1. The metal wall art
  2. A hanger
  3. Spirit level
  4. Screwdriver
  5. Nails
  6. Stud finder

How To Hang

  1. Using a stud finder, find a stud in your wall and mark it clearly with a pencil or a piece of chalk
  2. Secure the hanger on the stud by fastening a screw on the marked point(s)
  3. Hang your artwork on the hanger
  4. Use a spirit level to ensure the canvas is straightly placed

canvas art

Give Your Wall a New Look

When selecting or designing wall art, consider the room in which you are going to hang the art. If it is a bright room, consider photos with vivid colors and images. For kids’ rooms, chose pieces of art they will love. This may range from cartoon characters to their favorite pictures just to mention. Getting their views is just another great way to ensure the art you put in place is exactly what they will fall for. 

Moreso, the heights of your walls will dictate how you hang your wall art. Designers and experts advise that wall art should be hung at eye level for easy viewing. This ensures your art is not too high or too low but rather just in place.

You now know How to Hang Canvas Art. Go ahead and give your walls a new look. You can choose to create a wall gallery. a wall gallery incorporates several types of photos and other wall art which are mixed to give an outstanding color theme.

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