4 Simple Ways to Hang Canvas Art

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Many art aficionados choose to display unframed canvas paintings directly on a wall without securing the art within a traditional frame and protective glass. Hanging these stretched-canvas masterpieces takes a little extra time, but the effort is well rewarded with the sparse, uncluttered aesthetic created within your living spaces. Depending on personal preference, you can choose between nails, wire hooks, J-hooks or standard picture hangers.


Hanging Canvas Art With Nails

1. Mark the Wall for Placement

Hold the canvas, which is stretched over a wooden frame, up against the wall in the spot where you wish to display it. Mark the chosen placement of the canvas with a pencil.


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2. Hammer Nails at Each End

Hammer two nails into the wall on either end of the marked areas. Make sure to account for the lip of the wooden structure beneath the canvas, which is typically 1 or 2 inches.


3. Hang Canvas from Nails

Place the canvas on the nails. Use sticky tack, if necessary, to hold the canvas in place and prevent it from hanging unevenly.


Hanging Art From Wire Hooks

1. Install "O" Screws

Screw two small "O" screws into either side of the wood frame about 5 inches down from the top of the canvas.


2. Install Art Wire

String a piece of art wire back and forth across the two screw hooks about five times. Leave a small amount of slack, so that the wire can hang over a nail.



3. Hammer Nail in Wall

Hammer a nail into the center of the wall where you want to hang the canvas. Drape the attached wire on the back of the canvas over the nail.


Hanging Art from J-Hooks

1. Measure Canvas and Mark Wall

Measure the width of the canvas. Mark the desired placement of the canvas on the wall with a pencil.


2. Apply J-Hook to Wall

Stick adhesive-backed J-hooks onto the wall, or use a nail for J-hooks without adhesive. Make sure both hooks align perfectly, so that the canvas does not hang crooked on the wall.


3. Hang Art on Hook

Hang the frame of the canvas on the hooks. Minimize the amount of movement around the canvas after it is hung; you do not want to loosen the adhesive on the J-hook tabs and cause the painting to fall.



Using Picture Hangers

1. Screw Picture Hanger into Canvas Frame

Screw two picture hangers into the back of the canvas. Attach the hangers into the sides of the wooden frame, about three inches down from the top, so that the to hanger is not visible after hanging the canvas.

2. Hammer Nails into Wall

Hammer two nails into the wall where you want to hang the canvas. Make sure the nails are even and in the correct spot.

3. Install Art on Nails

Hook the picture hangers over the nails, adjusting the height if necessary.


When hanging canvas artworks on drywall, plaster or hollow-core walls, insert screws or nails directly into a stud whenever possible. Alternately, use anchors or fasteners to secure the canvas structure to the wall.

Use the "57 in center" rule for hanging art, which means that the center of the canvas hangs at 57 inches above the floor.


Do not use screws, nails or hooks in walls made of metal unless you are certain that the substructure is capable of withstanding both the puncture and the weight of the artwork. Never pierce glass walls because of the likelihood of damaging or shattering the glass.



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