Our parents and grandparents are from the generation that did everything for themselves. They knew exactly how to be handy around the house. Millennials, on the other hand, are having a difficult time because of it.
For our generation, adulthood only really begins after 30. Maybe this is your first time using a hammer or ladder. Well, don’t worry, because we have 5 easy ways to hang canvas art for you!
Go get your notepad or open your notes app or whatever you need to remember things better. We are about to school you on how to be more independent so you can spruce up any space.
Canvas art can be really useful in keeping your house or office looking nice. Whether the walls were just redone and look plain, or if they’re weathered and you need to cover some stains, you can solve it with canvas art.
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Basic Hardware Options to Hang Canvas Art
The very first step to hanging canvas art on your wall is gathering your tools. You will need some basic hardware to do this task. Make a checklist of all of them to make sure you’re not missing anything.
- Spirit Level
- Measuring Tape
- Wall Protection Pads
- Hammer or Drill
- Nails or Hooks or Adhesive Tape
We will be going over a few different ways to hang canvas art, so the last 2 hardware might be switched with others. Everything else will be the same no matter which method you choose to follow.
Now let’s look at why each piece of hardware is important. It might feel funny to list a pencil next to all these grown up things but it is a very important tool for doing renovations around the house. You need it to mark your position for where to install things. It’s better than pens and markers because you can erase pencil markings.
A spirit level might sound unfamiliar to you. It is a bar with a tiny vial inside (sometimes 2 perpendicular ones) that has fluid and one bubble. Its purpose is to make sure your alignment is straight otherwise your canvas might be tilted.
You don’t need a screwdriver if you’re using a hammer or adhesive tape, only if you’re using a drill. It’s to insert screws if you’re not using nails.
Use a measuring tape to check how much space the canvas will take up. Then use the tape to make sure you have cleared up that much space on the wall.
Wall Protection Pads are these puffy stickers you place underneath where your canvas will go. This is to avoid scratches from the frame.
You can even use nails and hammer or a drill and hooks or screws to hang your canvas. It depends on which method you choose.
Basic Tips for Hanging a Canvas
First things first, wipe the section of the wall with a damp cloth. Make sure it’s not wet or you’ll damage your wall.
Next, check the measurements of the canvas with the measuring tape and decide the exact location to hang it. Mark where the nail, screw, hook, bracket or tape will go with a clean “X” using the pencil.
Make sure that you leave sufficient space around your frame on the wall for it to look nice. There are a few principles to follow on how to hang canvas on wall. The placement, composition, spacing and wall space are all important to consider, especially if you are hanging more than one canvas.
Once you are certain of the position, stick your wall protection pads on all corners of where the canvas will go. You can also move any furniture out of the way for your own ease of working.
Grab whatever tools necessary for the hanging portion. If you are choosing a nail or screw for hanging the canvas, make sure to leave at least half an inch of it sticking out.
Make sure your hook, nail, screw or adhesive tape is secure before you hang the canvas. If you don’t check beforehand, the canvas might drop after hanging and be damaged.
How to Hang a Canvas Art
We promised you 5 different ways of how to hang up canvas art. Here they are. In this part, we will tell you about 5 different methods which you can use to hang up canvas art. They are:
- Sawtooth Brackets
- Eye Hooks
- J Hooks
- Adhesive Strips
So let’s dive in, shall we?
If you are trying to hang a small or medium canvas, you can try the good old fashioned nail and hammer method. For a canvas that is 8x10, use a small nail. For canvas sizes like 16x16 or 20x30, you should use a medium-sized nail. In order to avoid damaging your wall, use brass or steel nails. They are strong and penetrate the wall more easily than other materials.
Following all the basic steps we have given you above, select the precise location for your canvas to go. Wipe the area of the wall down, and mark the point where your nail goes with a pencil. Hold the nail in place and carefully start hammering until about 0.5 to 1 inch of it is sticking out.
Place the wall protection pads and then hang the canvas on your wall. You might not need to continuously hammer the nail as it’s not necessary. It might also damage your wall so it’s best to pause between a few hits.
For larger canvas sizes, sometimes you’ll need 2 nails instead of 1, on each of the top corners of the canvas. This is because the frame will be heavier and securing one point alone might not be enough. If your canvas is bigger than the sizes mentioned above though, it might be best to use another method of hanging it.
This is also a great method for hanging small to medium canvas frames. With Sawtooth Brackets, you get the added stability which nails alone cannot provide.
Following the basic steps provided above, decide where to hang the canvas and wipe it down. Then mark the pinpoint location for your nail, and hammer it in at an angle. This will ensure that the wall is bearing most of the weight and not the nail.
Pick a bracket that is big enough to support the weight of your canvas. Take the measuring tape and mark the center of the top of the back of the canvas. That is where your bracket will go.
Take the hammer and nail the bracket to the back of your canvas. After successfully installing the bracket, hang it on the nail on the wall.
Using this method ensures that your canvas isn’t shaky and won’t swing as much as it would have with just a nail. Many people prefer this method to protect their art from falling over as opposed to the previous one.
Eye Hooks are called so because of their round shape. This is what is used by most professional framing stores. However, they are also quite popular for DIY projects. It might look complicated to use but Eye Hooks are pretty easy to navigate.
You will need 2 small sized hooks. Screw them into both top corners of the back of your canvas. Take a wire and tie each end to a hook. Leave some room for it to hang and don’t make it too tight, or the wire might rip.
Once this is done, find the center of the frame, as it needs to be hung along that line. Hammer a nail into the wall where you would like to hang your canvas art. After that, you can hang it, and you’re done.
Eye Hooks are a great method for all sizes of frames, even the bigger ones. It provides more stability and has less space between the wall and the frame (which means you need wall protection pads even more here). It also gives you more opportunity to reposition the canvas if you’re not happy with the alignment.
J Hooks are your more traditional looking hooks and are also a great option if you are looking to hang a larger sized canvas. You can place as many as you want in a row. It depends on how many holes in your wall you’re comfortable with making.
All you need to do here is take the number of hooks you want, and hammer them into your wall where you want to hang the canvas. Mark all the positions with a pencil first and use the spirit level to ensure they are in a perfectly horizontal line.
After you are done, simply hang up your canvas. This is the one method where neatness is the most important. If you get it wrong, it will irk you forever.
Many people consider this the easiest method. It does not require any hammers or nails or hooks. You will not be making holes in the wall so there won’t be any debris. It is easier to remove when you want to shift houses or redecorate too.
You need 4 adhesive strips, one for each corner of your canvas. Place them on the back of the canvas and place their counterpart strips on your wall. After that, just stick the canvas strips to the wall strips and they will be joined in holy matrimony. It’s as easy as pie!
Does it matter where I hang my canvas?
Of course, it does! A picture that is out of place can cause serious visual obstruction. You might not realize how that is damaging you but it will act as a stressor on your sub-conscience and project itself into other parts of your life. You should decide what purpose your art is trying to fulfill and find a spot for it accordingly. If you want it to be the focus of a room, put it in an obvious place.
What happens if I skip the Spirit Level?
It might feel unnecessary to you to use a spirit level. If you’re not very particular about alignment, you can use your inherent judgment. However, other members of your family or certain guests might be very picky about the straightness of the frame and point it out to you repeatedly.
A spirit level is the best way to determine that your frame is not tilted. You can also try using set squares but they might not be as efficient.
Can’t I just pay somebody to hang my canvas for me?
Well sure, why not? But in doing so, you will be spending unnecessary money. Hanging a canvas on a wall is a pretty easy task, and it is made even easier now with the ready availability of a wider range of tools and hardware.
If you’re scared of injuring yourself with a hammer, choose a different method. If you’re worried about damaging your wall, we have provided all the steps to help you avoid it. We believe that you can do it yourself. You should too.