If you have a large canvas painting or picture that you want to display, you may be wondering how to hang it in your home. To choose the best location for your new beautiful work of art, you’ll need to prepare your canvas and take some measurements. When you’re done, your friends might think you paid a gallery professional to exhibit it!
Preparing Your Canvas and Gathering Supplies
Step 1: Look over the canvas’s attachment hardware. Inspect the condition of the frame and wire on the back of the canvas by holding it by the wire and dragging it up and down a few times, as if lifting weights. It is safe to hang if you do not hear any creaking or feel any give in the wire.
Step 2: Add mounting hardware and wire to the canvas as needed. Screw two D-rings to both sides of the back of the canvas if it does not come with hanging wire or if you need to replace it. Using a ruler, make a pencil mark 1/3-1/4 down the back of the canvas from the top. Use the same measurement on both sides. Screw the D-rings into the place where the pencil marks are.
- Cut your wire to be 8 to 10 inches longer on both sides than the D-rings after measuring it across the breadth of the canvas. It has to be longer so that there is enough wire to twist. Twist the wire around each D-ring and beneath itself many times until it is knotted and tight. Any excess wire should be removed.
- Choose a wire gauge that is strong enough to sustain the canvas’s weight. Most picture wire packaging will state how much weight the wire can carry, but ask a hardware store employee if you’re unsure.
- A large painting can also be hung with hangers. Place a hanger about 3 inches in on either side of the top of the canvas for best results.
Step 3: Buy picture hanging hardware for the wall. Most hardware stores sell painting hooks, which range in weight from 10 pounds to 75 pounds. For larger canvases, double them up. Floreat hangers are a popular brand since the nails are tempered, they go in at the appropriate 30-degree angle, and they are reasonably easy to remove if a mistake is made.
Step 4: If drywall anchors are required, obtain them. Install drywall anchors at your hanging location for components weighing more than 120 pounds. Expanding metal screws that are pushed into the wall with a hammer and then screwed in to create a flange behind the drywall is the ideal type to use.
- When you are installing drywall anchors, carefully follow all instructions on the box.
- You’ll need mortar or concrete anchors to hang a canvas on other types of walls, such as brick or concrete.
Measuring the Placement for Your Canvas
Step 1: Take your canvas’s height and split it by two. This will give you the halfway height, or midpoint, of your canvas, which is important for determining how high to hang your painting on the wall. With a tape measure, measure the height, divide by two, and write down the result.
Step 2: Add your preferred height to the midway height number. Your optimum height is the height at which you want the centre of your canvas to be on the wall. The middle of a canvas is usually placed at normal eye level or 58 to 60 inches from the floor. If you’re hanging the canvas over furniture, the centre should still be at this height; simply allow 8 to 12 inches between the bottom of the canvas and the top of the furniture. This works for the majority of pieces, except tall ones.
Step 3: Take the distance between the top of the artwork and the highest point of the picture wire and subtract it. If your canvas is stretched to its maximum length, measure the distance between the top of the canvas and the highest point in the wire on the rear. Subtract this amount from the previous step’s number. This is the distance from the floor at which you will indicate your hanging point.
Step 4: Select the location of your hook on the wall using a pencil. Take the number you received in the previous step and measure it from the floor. This is the location where your hooks will be hung on the wall.
Hanging and Leveling Your Canvas
Step 1: Hook(s) should be hammered into the wall. A single hook or nail will be attached exactly to the location you specified on the wall. Use two hooks spaced 4 to 5 inches apart for bigger pieces or if you want to be extra sure your canvas won’t shift with vibrations. Measure 2.5 inches to the left and 2.5 inches to the right from the centre point, then mark two new locations to hammer in two hooks.
To ensure that numerous hook locations are the same height, measure the distance between them and the floor and make any necessary adjustments before hammering the hooks into place.
Step 2: Hook your canvas to the wall (s). Place the wire carefully on the hook(s) fastened to the wall. Adjust the canvas so that it seems as straight and level as possible wherever you’re looking.
Step 3: Check the straightness of the canvas with a level. Place a level gently on top of your canvas. Your canvas is level if the bubble in the tube is in the centre of the two lines. Your image is angled if the bubble moves more to one side or the other. Adjust the canvas so the bubble is in the middle of the level’s tube.