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4 Tips on How to Hang Canvas Art Like a Pro – Our Guide

Have you ever walked into an art gallery and felt awe-inspired by a particular piece of art that made you want to take it home to hang on your wall? Any enthusiast knows that it’s such a joy to have art at home. The only problem is, you don’t really get the chance to hang the piece once you get your hands on it. Too often, art just hangs around the house instead of up on the walls.

Luckily, hanging your art is quite simpler than you might think. Whether they’re certificates, custom picture frames, posters, or paintings, whatever canvas you want to display, there’s a simple and easy way to do it. Follow these steps so you can improve your art-hanging game.

  • Pick a Layout That Suits Your Style

The first step for hanging canvas art or picture frames is to identify what kind of display you’re trying to achieve. It’s not as simple as just finding an empty space and hanging the canvas there; there needs to be a pattern or a reason for arranging your art in a certain way. Do you fancy a structured grid design or perhaps a more whimsical arrangement? Are there other decorative elements you want to mix with the canvas, such as mirrors, hooks, and shelves?

To determine what pattern or layout you want with your art pieces, you need to do some research first. Look at some arrangements online, or you can visit a friend’s house and try to emulate their layout. 

  • Choose a Space for Your Art

Now that you have a layout in mind, it’s easier to find a space to hang it. The space above your living room couch could be a possibility or that empty wall space by the dining area. 

If you’re hanging a series of large canvas panels, you may need to find a bigger space to accommodate them. The elevation by the stairs seems like a great place to put large canvases, for example. 

Meanwhile, small to medium-sized frames can be easily arranged into a pattern to give it a unique look. If you want something simpler or you just don’t have enough space, hanging the pieces individually in a room or a corridor is also a good option.

  • Prepare the Tools for Hanging

For hanging prints, it’s recommended to use sawtooth hangers or D-rings affixed to the back of the canvas. You can easily buy these from your local hardware store. Nails and nail hooks must be used in combination with actual picture hangers to ensure your installation is safe and secured. 

Avoid displaying your canvas print by hanging a single wire from the back, especially if the canvas is heavy. That’s just an accident waiting to happen. 

You should prepare a couple more materials to aid you in your hanging for added security and convenience. The following tools can come in handy:

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Hammer
  • Tissue Paper
  • Masking Tape
  • Spirit Level
  • Time to Hang Your Canvas Print

With all your preparations in order, it’s finally time to start hanging your canvas prints and custom picture frames. Take out your measuring tape and pencil to mark the places where each picture-hanging hook should go on the paper cutouts. Next, hammer the hooks into the wall through the mark in the paper. Finally, use a spirit level to ensure that your canvas hangs perfectly level and in a straight line.


Collecting art is a thrill—and seeing them hanging inside your home is an even greater feeling. When you figure out the right layout and find the right space for your art, you’ll have a great time hanging your canvas prints and seeing the result. After all, art isn’t supposed to be left in storage; they’re meant to be displayed for everyone to see!

If you have any art pieces, memorabilia, family portraits, or posters you’d like to hang, then turn to Newtown Picture Framing Studio! We’ve been the preferred choice for custom art framing in Sydney for more than 25 years. Take advantage of our full range of picture framing services as available. Visit our studio to see our art pieces!