Hanging a canvas print on your wall is undoubtedly an amazingly simple task since all you need to do is hammer some nails and put the most beautiful memories of your life on display. 

But do you know about other interesting ways of hanging canvas prints – methods that don’t even require nails or drilling absurd-looking holes in your magnificent walls? 

Similarly, while decorating your walls using canvas, you must consider some important styling rules to get the most out of these timeless art pieces. What are those rules and interesting canvas hanging techniques? Let us dive into the guide to know!


Note that canvas prints are available to buy in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and styles. Which method you must use to tack the canvas to the wall depends upon its size. For example, if you have a small canvas art of about 8″ × 8″, you can easily mount it to the wall using a single nail. To support the frame’s top rail, get a saw tooth bracket. 

On the other hand, to staple large canvas portraits such as canvas college, the safest tacking method is to fasten a hanging wire to the frame’s side and hang it to the nail. This art wire can handle the weight of a heavy frame perfectly, preventing such large canvases from jiggling. 

Besides the tacking techniques, also consider the type of walls you have. If they are drywalls, you can frame them conveniently without any professional help; however, to drill concrete or brick walls, you would need to hire professionals for sure. 

Collect the Supplies

To hang your custom portraits on drywalls, the essentials you would need are a hammer, nails, measuring tape, screwdriver, pencil, wall protection pads, saw tooth brackets, eye hooks, wire, and screws. 

Once done with gathering the supplies, the next step is to brainstorm the canvas placement. To prevent putting holes in the walls at too high or too low points, always plan framing the portraits at your eye level. If you are going to tack the canvas in your bedroom, over the bed or sofa, it is recommended to keep a space of about six inches between your canvas bottom and the furniture top. This empty area will act as breathing space, preventing the room from looking stuffed. After planning canvas placement, mark it using a pencil. 

Think of the Canvas Sequence 

If you are the one having extreme love and passion for art and paintings, you can place your canvas prints on the layouts of art galleries. For example, get a collage of multiple canvases, where each canvas should be telling a story such as hanging multiple canvases holding photographs of your wedding day in a series of events. 

However, before you begin nailing these canvases, arrange them on the floor in the exact sequence beforehand – the sequence that you want on your wall. After doing so, hang the very first canvas and remember that the print you would place in the center will act as the focal point so it should be the most important and most attractive one. Also, keep one canvas apart from the other one about 2-4 inches. 

Hanging Small Canvas Portraits 

First, clean the walls and move out all the items of furniture so you could work freely there. Keep all the essential tools at an arm’s length and if possible, call one of your friends who can pass the tools. While drilling holes in the wall, make sure the nails should be 2-3 inches out so they can support the canvas frame properly. 

In the end, place protector pads on the frame so it will not scratch the wall. Remember that this method of hanging a canvas print with nails is only suitable for miniature or small canvas portraits. We do not recommend adopting this technique to hang large canvas art pieces. 

Hanging Large Canvas Prints

As said before, a single nail cannot supply enough sturdiness and support to the large canvas. Thus, in such cases, you would need to get art or hanging wire, nails, and eye hooks to tack your big canvas portraits onto the wall. 

After gathering the supplies, screw two eye hooks at either side of the wooden frame and pass the hanging wire through them and make a loop in a way that the wire forms a triangle. Then hammer one nail into the wall and place the canvas onto the nail carefully so that the center point of the wire should be hanging over it. 

Hanging Canvas Prints without Nails

No one of us wants to destroy the original glory of our house walls by drilling holes or making markings in them. In this case, the best technique you can use to display your canvas portraits is getting picture-hanging adhesives or paper tapes. 

The most amazing thing about these adhesives is that they can hold a canvas weighing about sixteen pounds – mostly all the standard-sized canvas portraits fall into this weight limit. Not only this but you can take these adhesive tapes down without damaging your walls by leaving a sticky residue or cracked plaster behind. 

To pin canvases with these adhesive tapes, you would need to add one adhesive strip at one side of the frame. In this way, you will need four adhesive strips to attach to four sides of the frame. For further durability and sturdiness, you can even add one or two adhesive tapes in the center of the frame as well.

After doing so, press these adhesive strips onto the canvas frames and stick them to the wall.

Tips to Remember While Hanging Canvases

  • Before drilling holes or hammering the nails in the wall, it is better to know completely about the measurements of the canvas.
  • Measure the area where you want to hang your canvas portraits.
  • Clean the walls beforehand to wipe off stubborn dust and debris from there. You can do so using a damp cloth.
  • Do not forget to consider the distance between canvas prints and ceiling, floor, and furniture. Otherwise, the room will look too cluttered and bulkier. According to expert interior designers, you should always hang your canvas about 56-60 inches above the floor and ceiling and eight to ten inches above the furniture.