How To Hang A Canvas On The Wall

How To Hang A Canvas On The Wall - Vybe Interior

Are you looking for a stylish and easy way to display your favorite canvas pieces? Hanging a canvas on the wall is a simple DIY project that can instantly spruce up any room. 

Whether you're a seasoned decorator or a beginner, our step-by-step guide will help you hang your canvas like a pro in no time. So grab your tools and let's get started!

How to hang canvas

Hanging canvas art on the wall is a great way to bring life to an empty space and add a personal touch to your home. Let’s walk through the following steps together, and get that brilliant canvas art hung up in your favorite room.

Mark the wall

First, you need to decide the exact spot you want your canvas to hang, and mark it with a pencil. Be sure to use a level tool to ensure that your marks are straight and horizontal to the floor.

Pre-mounting the canvas

Once you have determined the spot for the canvas, pre-mount the piece by placing it face down on a flat surface. Measure the distance from each corner to the hook, and mark the back of the canvas with pencil.

Prep the hooks or adhesives

If you are planning to use hooks, assemble each hook according to the package instructions and insert into the wall at your marks. If you’re using adhesives, apply the adhesive to each corner in the same manner as you did with the hooks.

Attaching brackets to back of canvas

For those who decide to use brackets: Use a hammer and nails to attach the mounting hardware to the wall. Place the hangers on the pencil marks, and double-check to make sure that they’re all level.

Hang the canvas

After the hooks or adhesives are in place, it is time to hang the canvas! Carefully pick up the canvas and hang it on the hooks, or use the adhesives to mount it. 

Finishing touches

Take a step back and squint at your work. Is the canvas level and centered in the space you marked? If so, good! If not, you may need to make slight adjustments by moving the hooks or adhesives to make sure everything is perfect. Once you are satisfied with the placement, you’re done!

Tools you’ll need

Every project comes with its own list of tools, especially if it’s a project that’s going to be hanging around for a while! (Sorry—we couldn’t resist.) 

To hang your canvas, you’ll need the following items:

  • Hooks or adhesive of your choice
  • Hammer and nails
  • Drill and screws
  • Pencil
  • Level tool
  • Mounting hardware
  • Ruler
  • Canvas art

Tips for hanging a wall canvas

Want to make the process easier for yourself? Here’s our quick list of canvas-hanging tips.

  • Test-fit your canvas on the wall before drilling or hammering any hooks into the wall, to make sure it fits the way you want it to. 
  • Make sure your canvas won’t get in the way of other room decor, or block another art piece.
  • Check the color, tone, and style of the canvas art piece before you purchase it, and once more as you’re putting it up. Are you looking for a bold, animal-themed piece, or a more thoughtful, nature-inspired one? You’d want to find a canvas that complements your existing style, and brings out the best features of your room, not stick out like a sore thumb.
  • Measure twice and drill (or hammer) once!
  • If you’re using adhesive, give it a few hours to dry before hanging the canvas.
  • If you’re not a fan of doing manual labor, consider buying a canvas hanger with adhesive strips attached to the back of the canvas.

5 different ways to hang canvas on a wall

Think you know how to hang a canvas? Think again! There’s more than one way to do this. See if your new project would be a good fit for one of these five approaches.


Using nails is probably the simplest way to hang canvas art. Once you’ve got your modern canvas art piece all ready to go, you’d also need:

  • A hammer
  • A rule
  • Nails 
  • Level 

Eye Hooks

Hooks are pretty easy to use and are a great solution if you don’t want to damage your wall or if you’re worried about the weight of the canvas art. 

Apart from the canvas itself, you would need: 

  • A drill
  • Screws
  • Hook
  • A level


Brackets are the most popular choice, as they’re sturdy, secure, and don’t require any major construction in order to hang the canvas. Most brackets are attached to the with nails; then, the canvas is hung onto the brackets.

You would need:

  • A hammer
  • Brackets
  • Nails
  • A level
  • A canvas (of course)

Adhesives (stick them up)

Adhesives are a great way to hang canvas art without damaging the wall. Simply apply the adhesive to the back of the canvas in even measurements (making sure it’s level) and hang your canvas.

You would need:

  • Adhesive strips
  • A ruler
  • A level tool
  • Your new canvas art piece


J-hooks are those little plastic hooks that are used to hang pictures (among other things). Hammer the J-hooks into the wall in even measurements, making sure they’re level, and hang that impressive-looking canvas wall art for all to see!

Besides the canvas art, you would need:

  • A hammer
  • Nails
  • J-hooks
  • A  level tool

What’s your canvas design?

Hanging canvas art on your wall can be a great way to add a personal touch to your home. With the right tools and a bit of patience, you can transform a space and make it your own. 

Follow these steps and you’ll have a beautiful piece of art (such as these gorgeous canvas art prints from Vybe) in no time. Not sure how to get started with canvas wall art? Take our quick art quiz here. Good luck, and happy decorating!

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