How to hang a canvas: your step-by-step guide

canvas of a little girl on a dark blue wall

Your canvas arrives. You’re keen to get it up on the wall. So how should you do it?

You could grab a nail and hammer it into the wall. But we have a better idea. Simply follow our steps on the best way to hang a canvas and get the job expertly done. In less than 5 minutes.

What you’ll need

Use our hanging kit. It’s free with a thicker canvas (the one we call ‘Classic’). Alternatively, you can add it to our thinner canvas (‘Lite’) for £1.99. Discover all of our canvas styles here.

What you’ll need: a hanging kit

This includes:

  • 1 x sawtooth bracket
  • 2 x screws
  • 1 x hook
  • 1 x nail
  • 2 x sticky pads (to protect your wall)

You’ll also need a Phillips-head screwdriver. And a spirit level if you have one.

Ordering a Classic Canvas? You’ll receive one of our hanging kits, free of charge. Going for a Lite Canvas over Xcm x Xcm? Each hanging kit is £1.99 – it’s up to to you how many, if any, you’d like to use.

How to hang your canvas

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.

pencil marking a blue wall to hang a canvas

Step 2: Hammer the wall hook into the marked spot
Carefully nail the hook into where you’ve marked the wall with pencil. Hammering the nail at a slight angle will ensure the wall takes most of the weight.

hammering a nail into a marked wall to hang a canvas

Step 3: Attach your bracket to the back of the canvas
Place it on the back of your canvas. Either at the top or on the sides – that bit’s up to you. Using your screwdriver, screw the bracket into place.

a hand screwing a bracket onto the back of a canvas

Step 4: Hang your canvas
Step back. Is it straight? Make any adjustments. And check it with a spirit level if you’ve one to hand.

Some questions you’ve asked us…

Can you frame a canvas?
No – they’re designed to look great as they are. Our Framed Canvas does come set in its own slick, satin-finish wooden frame – check it out our Framed Canvas.

Can you hang a canvas without a hanging kit?
Yes. You can hammer a nail straight into the wall and put your canvas up. Though, it’s much more secure and less likely to need regular repositioning with a hanging kit.

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