Howdy artists and art collectors! Do you want a really bang-up way to learn how to hang canvas wall art without nails, and not have to worry that it will crash-land in the living room – (or worse, over your head!)
So you’ve got a painting you’re dying to show off…Perhaps a professional framing job is out of your budget? Or you want to hang it yourself but then you’re having second thoughts about dealing with nails or thumbtacks?
I’ve also made a nice little canvas art measurement cheatsheet so you will be able to carry this out with no guesswork – it’s in my password-protected resource library.
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Or perhaps you loathe the sight of nail holes (ever moved something and now you’re stuck with that unsightly little eyesore?) or the nail pops out and falls on the floor never to be seen again. And if you’re anything like me you’ve tried that putty stuff which only holds for about a day….womp womp.
Been there done that! Trust me, I hear ya…
Hanging Art Without Nails…Or Stress – Or Studfinders!
When I lived in an apartment with non-drillable walls, I stumbled into the perfect solution for displaying my artwork securely (and the added bonus of pleasing the landlord) by the use of strategically placed adhesive hooks. It has got to be the best way to hang a canvas painting that I have discovered and now I’ll share it for your eyes only.
You too can learn how to hang canvas art without these headaches. All it takes is learning how to measure accurately and some familiar tools. If you have a “panoramic view” wide-width or otherwise big picture the key is to use more than 1 adhesive hook mounted strategically so you don’t put all the stress on that one hook for a big or wide piece of artwork.
This is the absolute BEST way to hang a canvas painting that I have discovered and will realistically work for all those in the neighborhood of 20 and 40-inches.
Want to do this later? Get the canvas painting measurement cheatsheet and have a handy guide at your fingertips! I keep it in my resource library, which you can access by filling out the form below:
Disclaimer: This method of hanging art without nails is for unframed canvas paintings only (barring very light frames made of synthetic materials) Solid wood and glass really add extra weight so I wouldn’t chance it:)
Step One: Measure Your Canvas
First it’s important to have a wire hanger in place on the back of your painting for stability. For this part, you will need: A tape measure, Two eyehooks or d-shaped picture hangers, crafting wire, pliers, marker and a push-pin.
Now take the height of the painting (doesn’t matter if it is “portrait” or “landscape” in orientation) and divide the measurement in half. Take the top half measurement and divide it in half again – that is where to make your mark! For example: A canvas 16″ in height, half of that is 8″, so you will ideally make your mark 4″ down on each side from the top.
In the above image I have a canvas that is 14″ by 18″….14″ high and half of that is 7…yes, I know, seven cannot divide equally. If this happens to you and you get an odd number measurement, just round it to a half number up – I ended up marking the right place at 3.5″. Easy-peezy!
Step Two: Attach your wire hanger
- Make sure to measure and mark on each side – I then marked each spot with a magic marker and used a push pin to start the hole.
- if you use eyehooks (my preferred choice) just twist them in until there is no more slack and then thread the wire through each loop in the eyehooks…Ideally you need about 4-5″ of overhang past them to secure it well.
- If you have a multi-panel series of canvases (say, 2 or more panels that make up one big scene) repeat these steps for each panel.
Step Three: Applying Adhesive Hooks
Now comes the fun part. You will need a set of Command hooks by 3M. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and weight thresholds, and apply with adhesive backing.
They are definitely as strong as the packaging indicates but you have to do it right the first time. No doubt some of the best picture hanging hooks I’ve discovered.
In my experience they work the best with plain drywalll. They are inexpensive and you can often find bundles with varying sizes.
I recommend the opaque color hook with a 2-3 lb threshold, and make sure they come with WHITE adhesive. I always liked the translucent color hooks, but the clear strips they come with do NOT have as good staying power.
If they are not included with the hooks in question you can get a refill pack of assorted strips in varying sizes; these came in handy when I wanted to use my clear hooks.
Step Four: “X” Marks the Spot- Locate and Mark off the Correct Spot on the Wall
This painting here (below; left) is the largest one I have on display – it is 30″ by 36″ and I used 3 Command hooks mounted strategically so the weight of this picture would be distributed well. Using a yardstick I was able to mark the correct locations off on my wall beforehand.
If it sounds tedious, you’ll thank me later when you don’t have to agonize over whether or not your painting is hanging crooked – once you get these strips stuck down, they are on there for good.
- Take note of your painting’s width and mark the designated wall spot accordingly. There needs to be EQUAL distance between the 2 or more hooks so the painting will hang perfectly straight in the end with no guesswork.
- When you’ve got the “sweet spot” (mark it with a pencil) then you can go straight to applying the strips and then the respective hooks.
And now…voila!! You have just learned how to hang canvas art without nails successfully!! Congrats, you “nailed it” (no pun intended!)
Some Additional Tips for Hanging Art Without Nails
- Don’t use sawtooth hangers; they do not support the weight of the painting well. Sawtooths are mainly made for very small wall hangings, mostly of wood.
- This method will work great for “sofa size” and multi-panel art equally well.
- Measure twice, drill or mount once (hey, just like carpentry huh)
- The adhesive strips have the greatest staying power in a less humid environment.
I’ve also done a video showing it in action:
Oh – finally…want to share an UPDATE (4/16/19)…..I had had a third canvas panel for my multi-panel over the couch sunset scene hidden away in the closet until recently when I decided it was time to fix ‘er up…using the techniques above.
Only thing was I added a single hook and strip on each side as putting a new row of two hooks on either side would result in the whole thing not being centered right. (yep, I am a perfectionist, methinks 😁)
♥Good luck and thanks for “hanging” with me!♥