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How to Hang Canvas Prints - Large and Small

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How to hang canvas prints is by far the most common query from our customers. This piece explains the process in its entirety!

Wondering exactly how to hang your canvas prints? You’re not the only one who isn’t sure. Hanging a canvas is actually a straightforward operation, but it’s always best to read a dependable how-to guide before you get started. And that’s why we’ve provided you with just that. Read on for more!

Contents in Brief:

Before You Start

Wouldn’t it make life simpler if you could order a simple-to-use canvas hanging kit online for just a few dollars?

Well, the first thing you need to know is that…you can! Order your canvas from and you can simply add our hanger set to any canvas print order in the shopping cart.

The second thing you need to know is that our hanger set allows for two different methods of hanging your prints. You just need to choose the method that’s right for the size format of your print.

This guide will explain both hanging methods. The first is recommended only for smaller canvas prints (no larger than 16” x 24”), while the second can be used for any of the formats sold at our shop.

Tools You’ll Need

How to Hang Your Canvas Print (Small Format)

How to hang canvas prints. Small-format photo canvas print on wall.

Note that the hanger set from includes all the parts needed for both hanging methods and you won’t need all of them to hang a small-format canvas print successfully. The parts you’ll need for a small print are as follows:

How to hang canvas prints. Close-up of canvas hanger set for small-format.

Step No. 1

Using the pencil, mark on the wall two guide points for the nails. The two nails will support the sawtooth hanger – so the distance they sit apart from each other should match the distance between the first and last notches of the sawtooth hanger.

How to hang canvas prints. Two nails with red attachments hammered into wall for hanging pictures.

Make sure the two marks are on an even plane so that your canvas doesn’t hang askew – use the level to help with this. Once you’re happy that the guide points are in the right position, hammer in the nails. The red attachments will ensure the nails stick out of the wall an even distance once they’re hammered in. Feel free to remove them if you want your print to be even closer to the wall.

Step No. 2

Using the two long black screws, attach the sawtooth hanger to the top stretcher bar at the back of your canvas print. The hanger should be attached on a level plane and with the serrated edge facing downwards.

How to hang canvas prints. Sawtooth hanger attached to top edge of canvas frame.

Step No. 3

Suspend your canvas by simply resting the sawtooth hanger on the heads of the nails. And that’s that, your small-format canvas print is ready for display!

How to hang canvas prints. Small-format canvas print on display.


How to Hang Your Canvas Print (Large Format)

How to hang canvas prints. Large-format photo canvas print displayed on wall.

The second method, recommended for larger-format canvas prints, isn’t quite so simple as the first but still shouldn’t cause you much trouble. The parts of the hanger set that you’ll need for this method are as follows:

How to hang canvas prints. Canvas hanger set for large-format canvas prints.

Step No.1

Using the four shorter screws, secure the picture hooks to the side stretcher bars of the canvas, so that each “D” of the D-rings is pointing inward towards the other. We recommend doing a bit of measuring first to make sure the D-rings are level with each other. Ideally they should be attached slightly above the midpoint of the bars.

How to hang canvas print. The back of large-format canvas print with wooden frame visible.

Step No.2

Take the cord and thread it through each D-ring, then tie the ends together to form a loop and cut off any spare length. The loop of cord should remain loose enough for it to form a trapezium shape when you pull one length of the cord upwards a finger of each hand. The two top corners of this trapezium will be the points supported by the nails, so make sure they’re lower than the top stretcher bar.

How to hang canvas prints. Back of large-format canvas print with cord.

Step No.3

Mark two points in pencil on the wall where the nails will be hammered in, making sure they’re level with each other and roughly as far apart as the top corners of the cord “trapezium”. When you’re ready, hammer in the nails. They shouldn’t stick out of the wall further than the depth of the canvas frame, so make sure you hammer them deep enough.

How to hang canvas prints. Two nails hammered into wall for hanging pictures.

Step No.4

Hang your canvas by simply resting one length of the loop of cord on the nails. Done!

How to hang canvas prints. Large format photo canvas print on display.

Yes, it’s really as simple as that, so we wish you the best of luck because you’re ready to get going. Unless, of course, you haven’t ordered your canvas print yet – in which case you can go ahead and upload your photo here!

Step No. 4

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