Have you ever walked in an art gallery or filled a cart with beautiful canvas art pieces on an online shopping platform, but in the end abandoned the thought of buying? The thought of hanging those beautiful art pieces on the walls of your house intimidated you and you are not sure if the size is right. You are definitely not alone! Some of the art pieces are big and most of us either do not have the tools, or the know-how to hang those bulky art pieces on the walls to bring out their elegance.
Take a look at our guide to hang wall art or canvas art:
Hanging and displaying wall art shouldn’t be a hair-tearing task, if you have ready tips to follow.
Tip No. 1 - Know what you have, buy what you need
What kind of wall art or canvas art for my wall?
Browse through magazines on interior designs or online wall art sites (such as Osharey) to give you an idea what kind of wall art suits your personality and your space.
Find the right place and the right size
Think about where you are going to place your art pieces. In the living room, study corner or in the bedroom. Check out the dimensions of the wall and the proportion of the wall against the furniture. With this clear in mind, you will not end up buying overly big art pieces or too diminutive ones.
A single piece of wall art could be displayed as the center of attention, but if you have two to three pieces, it will be best to keep the total length of all the pieces to half of the length of the wall. This enable the art pieces to achieve the highest optimal visual effect to the viewer. Take a look the picture text as a general guide on the size and position of the wall art to give a maximum visual impact of the wall art in the room.
Material of the wall where your wall art would be hung
The next important thing to find out is the material of the wall where you are going to hang your wall art. Is it a plastered wall, false wall, paneled wall or tiled wall? A single framed canvas wall art of a decent size of say 100cm x 70cm can weigh around 4-5kg, depending on the materials used. That is equivalent to a big sack of rice. If you are going to hang it on the wall for years, make sure the wall is of a material that can carry the weight of the wall art. You do not want to hang it up and with it come crashing down to the floor due to the breaking down of the wall surface.
Tip No 2 - Is the canvas art ready to hang?
Do not jump into buying a piece of wall art without checking if it comes with frames or framing accessories. Some of the online stores that sell canvas art do not deliver the art pieces to you with framing even though the pictures show them as framed. If the canvas art come to you rolled in a tube, you have to find a local framing shop to get your canvas art stretched and framed. This is the same when you are travelling and decide to buy a piece a painting from the gallery. Consider how you can do the framing and transport the framed piece back home.
Tip No. 3 - Positioning of the art piece(s)
Next is to gather your collection of your art pieces and decide which one(s) that you will like to display on the wall. Cut out paper the sizes of the art pieces and paste them on the wall to map out the placement, usually at eye-level or allow some headroom over a piece of furniture. Step back three to five metres to appreciate the overall composition of the art in the wall. The paper cuts will enable you to easily adjust and level the pieces of paper until you are satisfied with the positioning.
Tip No. 4 - Get ready your tools, choose the right attachments
The basic tools for hanging art pieces are hammer, measuring tape, level (if you do not have a spirit level, you can use the “Measure/Level” app in an iPhone) and pencil. These can be easily found in every household. Assemble them together before attempting to start the installation process.
Next, determine the type of attachments to use by looking at the weight of the art pieces to be hung. The common ones are:
a) Anchored hooks or D-rings with wire
Anchored hooks or D-rings with wire are usually used for heavy art pieces or large canvas mounted on frames. However, these attachments will have to be driven onto the wall stud or solid wall surfaces to ensure that the hooks and D-rings with wire can withhold the heavy art pieces sturdily onto the wall.
b) Sawtooth brackets
Pick a sawtooth bracket which is suitable for the size of your canvas painting and to minimize the gap between the canvas and the wall. Sawtooth brackets are generally placed in the middle of the canvas piece, and when secured to the nail in the wall, they will provide sturdiness and stability to light to medium weight canvas paintings.
c) Adhesive Strips
Adhesive strips, which usually come in the form of adhesive and velcro combination, are probably the easiest and non-intrusive method for hanging light to medium weight canvas paintings on the wall. However, it will be wise to check out the weight capacity of the adhesive strips (information is usually found on the packaging) so that the appropriate number of adhesive strips to use on the perimeter of the canvas frame can be determined. Adhesive strips are popular due to the flexibility and ease in removing the strips, leaving no scar on the wall when the art pieces are subsequently being replaced.
To see demonstration on how to hang your art pieces, do check out this clip.
Tip No 5 - Don’t do it alone, get someone to help!
Hanging art pieces should not be left to one to tough it out. Get your partner or friend along to lend another pair of eyes (and hands) to find the most ideal spot for the art pieces on the wall. It might take some time to find the correct angle to place it, so be patient!
Tip No 6 - Keep calm and hang it!
After all the above are done, the very last step would be to keep calm and enjoy the process of hanging the art pieces on the wall. Step back and enjoy the view. Art is an enjoyment.