How to Hang a Canvas Prints – Step by Step Guide

It’s arrived! You finally managed to get that gorgeous photo you took last year of the kids on holiday printed onto canvas and it’s arrived today! Naturally, you’re keen to get it up on the wall to show it off.

So how should you do it? 

You could just wing it by grabbing a hammer and smashing it in. But we have a better idea. Simply follow our steps on the best way to hang a canvas (or framed print) and get the job expertly done but it won’t fall off sometime next week. Best of all you can do it in in less than five minutes.

* A Note About Walls and Hardware
Make sure you have the right hardware for the job. You should keep in mind the material of the wall and the weight of the art itself when selecting your hardware. There are a variety of wall hanging hooks and hardware to choose from that support varying weights and will benefit a variety of hanging sites.

We recommend using picture hooks, not just nails were driven into the wall as they often provide more support. If you are hanging on another surface, such as wood or stone, make sure you find hardware that will work well with the wall and the art to create a sturdy hanging situation. If you are hanging your work on a brick wall as you might above a fireplace or any other more difficult surface, it might be best to get professional help for installation.

What you’ll need

All of our ‘ready to hang’ products such as the stretched canvas prints, framed prints and floating frames are all delivered ready to hang on the wall.

They include picture wire already attached as well as protective bump-ons to protect the artwork on the wall.

So all you really need to do is get the hooks on the wall.

Phillips-head screwdriver
Tape measure
Spirit level

If you have one PLUS if you are intending to drill into the wall you also need:

A drill with hammer action,
Safety goggles

How to hang your canvas

Option 1: The easy option for walls that aren’t very hard such as plasterboard, (some walls will need rawl plugs drilled in – see part 2)

Step 1: Mark the wall

In pencil, mark where you want to place your canvas on the wall. Remember that the top of your canvas will sit slightly above your pencil mark.

*Tip hold the centre of the picture wire between the two fingers and look at how much slack it has, i.e. when you hold it in the middle how much does it drop down? You need to compensate for this when you work out where you want to put your hole in the wall.

Step 2: Hammer the wall hook into the marked spot

Carefully nail the hook into where you’ve marked the wall with a pencil. Hammering the nail at a slight angle will ensure the wall takes most of the weight.

Step 3: Hang your canvas

Step back. Is it straight? Make any adjustments. And check it with a spirit level if you’ve one to hand just to be sure as any small deviations from exactly straight will be very obvious when you have the artwork hanging up on the wall.


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Option 2 – Rawlplugs! If you’re drilling into a brick wall then you will need to use this option

The basics are the same however you’ll need to buy a rawl plug from Bunnings or similar.

Once you have your marks on the wall, we recommend you use a centre punch and hammer and make a good starting point for the drill bit to bite into.

Use a good quality masonry bit with the drill on hammer setting with a fair bit of pressure behind the drill, again it should help to stop the bit from wandering.

Offer the drill up to the wall and before you press the trigger, check that the drill is horizontal to the wall and not at an angle

If after plugging the wall and hanging the picture it is a tiny bit out, remove one screw and push a matchstick into the raw plug, put the screw back in, on top of the matchstick will raise the picture up a little, under the matchstick ……. you get the idea.
You can even use two matchsticks if needed This will only raise or lower the picture a little bit can work

Stand back and enjoy!

How To Hang Artwork Without Nails or Screws
If you’re renting, then you might be understandably wary about putting any holes into the wall (that security deposit does hang in the balance, after all).

While they don’t offer quite as much support, adhesive strips or command hooks can get the job done without any damage to your walls, and they are safe to use for paintings of up to about 15 pounds (all but the XL size stretched canvas prints). If your art is heavier, look for another way to display it, such as leaning it up against the wall on your mantle or on a bookshelf.

How to hang canvas prints

Here are a few notes on how to choose the right art

We all love photographs. Every household loves photographs. We take photographs of our family members, we take photographs of ourselves, we take photographs of friends and colleagues, and we take photographs to commemorate different occasions. Photographs have long since been a decorative item at our homes and offices. We depend on photographs to add to our memory of different occasions and to our connection with different people in our lives. When we reprint the photos on canvas, we manifold magnify this appeal of the photographs.

Moreover, the advanced camera techniques of our times have made the photographic experience even more sublime.

Vibrant images

A canvas is traditionally associated with a painting. When we print digital photos on canvas, we imbue the qualities of a painting to the photographs. The digital photo canvas combines the elements of classical painting with contemporary digital photography and as a result, a stunning effect is created.

When digital photography is transformed into canvas art, the texture of the canvas adds a traditional depth to the photographs and the photographs become even more expressive. The aesthetic appeal of the photographs also gets highlighted even more by the canvas printing method.

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The reproductions of photos on canvas are high on the elegance parameter. Canvas creates a traditional charm and a classical appeal that is difficult to miss. It creates the impression of an original oil painting. The fine craftsmanship and the grandiose feeling of a canvas print make it a thoughtful experience in the minds of the onlooker.

If you are an art lover, you can also print reproductions of famous artworks on a canvas and give your house or office a vintage feel. The grand elegance of the creations of classical masters is expressed adequately in such canvas art prints.

The process

There has been considerable advancement in modern printing technologies, with the introduction of high-quality inkjet printing methods. Printing machines nowadays can directly reproduce photos on canvas from digital cameras or from camera memory cards. The printing methods like dye saturation techniques has made it certain that the prints fuse with the canvas substrate vividly without distorting the colour balance of the photographs.

The higher qualities of the digital cameras used nowadays and the different photo editing tools have made the process even more perfect. With these photo-editing tools, any flaw in the photographs can be adequately rectified before they are put up for canvas printing. Furthermore, the photo editing tools are also used to add effects to the photographs. In fact, the advanced photographic mediums have allowed a greater scope of experimentation with the photographs and thereby making the photo to canvas experience a much more creative one.

After the wall art has been done, the photo is coated with a UV resistant finishing material to give the photographs a lacquered finish. Moreover, this final coating also protects the canvas prints from the effects of moisture and direct sunlight. The end-product is stretched on a wooden frame to generate the impression of frame-mounted oil paintings.