How To Hang A Canvas Print

Unframed artwork stands on its own merits, without the added complication of a frame it adds a casual yet elegant touch to your home.

After purchasing one our beautiful New Zealand Canvas Prints, your first task will be to hang it on the wall. Hanging your canvas doesn’t need to be difficult, follow these straight forward instructions and you’ll be done in no time.

Before we begin have a quick look at the back of your canvas, does it have any hooks, strings or wire already attached? If not, don’t panic, your local hardware store will be able to provide some helpful advice and direct you towards the best options.

When deciding on the type of hanger to use be sure to take into account the size and weight of the canvas and what the wall you are hanging it on is constructed of. 

Canvas prints are generally fairly lightweight; the most common way to hang them is with either a wire or string stretched across the back, however there are numerous other options including attaching Sawtooth Hangers or D-Rings. Whatever your choice it’s really down to personal preference.

A quick tip to remember when attaching a string or wire is to attach it approximately a third of the way down the back of the picture, it is your choice how long you want the wire, but as a rule shouldn't be seen above the top of the finished picture. Also it’s worth noting that wire tends to be the better long term option as string is likely to stretch and possibly wear through over time.

For the purpose of this guide we are going to assume you have attached a wire across the back of your canvas, and are hanging the canvas on a Gib-board wall. Now let’s get started!

Supplies You Will Need:
Measuring Tape
Plasterboard Anchors
Screw Driver
Level (Optional)

Step 1 : Decide Where Its Going To Go

It’s worth spending some time considering the placement of your canvas, hold it up to the wall and try it out in several places. Take in to account available wall space, furniture placement, ceiling height and existing décor.

Be sure to take your time here and get it right, having series unsightly holes because you changed your mind is probably best avoided. Ideally you would want to hang your canvas on a wall away from any heat source, like fireplaces or heaters and avoid direct sunlight where possible, as artwork is prone to fading after prolonged exposure to UV rays.

Find the perfect spot so you can truly appreciate your new canvas!

Step 2 : How High?

Once you have decided on an appropriate wall space, you will need to select a suitable height for the picture. It is generally recommended the centre of the artwork should be at eye-level or just above. However you will need to consider whether people will be mostly sitting or standing when viewing the picture.

As a guide art galleries usually hang artwork with the centre point at roughly 150 - 160 cm from the floor; this is considered eye level for the average standing adult. You may need to adjust the height to accommodate ceiling heights, furniture positioning, windows and doors etc. Of course this decision is entirely up to you.

Once you have settled on the chosen height, using a pencil, mark a short line along the wall at the top centre point of the canvas while it is in position. (Note: Make the line a bit longer if you are using more than one screw)

Step 3 : Measure Up

If your canvas is on the larger side, you might want to consider using more than one screw to hold it up.

Our prints come in five standard sizes; for the smallest size of 60x40 cm you will only require one screw, for the medium sized prints, sizes 80x53 cm and 100x67 cm you would want to use two screws, and for the larger sizes 120x80 and 140x95 cm you could even use three screws as this will be more secure and more likely help keep the print hanging straight, and closer to the wall.

Where there is no solid material like a stud available behind the Gib-board most smaller canvases can be hung on hooks nailed directly into Gib-board, however as our canvases are larger we recommend using plasterboard anchors and screws to secure more safely and securely.

Flip your canvas over and place you fingers to the centre of the string, to mimic where the screws would pull the string upwards towards the top of the canvas as though the picture were hanging. Measure the distance between the highest point of the string or wire and the top of the canvas.

Step 4 : Put The Screws In Place

As mentioned above we recommend the use of Plasterboard anchors to secure the screw more safely when fixing directly into Gib-board. These plastic anchors are available from your local hardware store.

If using more than one screw adjust instructions below accordingly, the spacing between multiple screws is not crucial and will vary depending on the size of the canvas, generally speaking anywhere around 10 - 20 cm apart will be fine.

Back at the wall, measure down the above distance from the centre pencil mark you made earlier on the wall and mark this spot. Using the screwdriver, screw in a plasterboard anchor (there is no need to drill first). Now screw in an appropriate sized screw, leaving approximately 4-5 mm protruding to hook the canvas wire on.

Step 5 : Finish Up

When you are finished be sure to stand back from the wall and check the canvas is hanging straight. If you are a bit of a perfectionist, you can use a level placed along the top of the canvas to get a more precise result.

Erase all pencil marks. Hang the canvas on the screw hooks and admire your beautiful New Zealand Canvas Print.