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How to Hang Canvas Art Without NailsA Surprisingly Stress-Free Method!

Howdy artists and art collectors! Do you want a really bang-up way to learnhow tohang canvas wall art without nails, and not have to worry that it will crash-land in the living room (or worse, over your head!)

So youve got a painting youre dying to show offPerhaps a professional framing job is out of your budget? Or you want to hang it yourself but then youre having second thoughts about dealing with nails or thumbtacks?

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Or perhaps you loathe.the sight of nail holes (ever moved something and now youre stuck with that unsightly little eyesore?) or the nail pops out and falls on the floor never to be seen again. And if youre anything like me youve tried that putty stuff which only holds for about a day.womp womp.

Been there done that! Trust me, I hear ya

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Hanging Art Without NailsOr Stress Or Studfinders!

When I lived in an apartment with non-drillable walls, I stumbled into the perfect solution for displaying my artwork securely (and the added bonus of pleasing the landlord) by the use of strategically placed adhesive hooks. It has got to be the best way to hang a canvas painting that I have discovered and now Ill share it for your eyes only.

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hanging art without nailsYou too can learn how to hang canvas art without these headaches. All it takes is learning how to measure accurately and some familiar tools. If you have a panoramic view wide-width or otherwise big picture the key is to use more than 1 adhesive hook mounted strategically so you dont put all the stress on that one hook for a big or wide piece of artwork.

This is the absolute BEST way to hang a canvas painting that I have discovered and will realistically work for all those in the neighborhood of 20 and 40-inches.

Disclaimer: This method of hanging art without nails is for unframed canvas paintings only (barring very light frames made of synthetic materials) Solidwood and glass really add extra weight so I wouldnt chance it:)

Got a heavier picture thats framed? ?This post Best Way to hang Wall Art will be more up your alley!

Step One: Measure Your Canvas

First its important to have a wire hanger in place on the back of your painting for stability. For this part, you will need: A tape measure, Two eyehooks or d-shaped picture hangers, crafting wire, pliers, marker and a push-pin.

Now take the height of the painting (doesnt matter if it is portrait or landscape in orientation) and divide the measurement in half. Take the top half measurement and divide it in half again that is where to make your mark! For example: A canvas 16? in height, half of that is 8?, so you will ideally make your mark 4? down on each side from the top.

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In the above imageI have a canvas that is 14? by 18?.14? high and half of that is 7yes, I know, seven cannot divide equally. If this happens to you and you get an odd number measurement, just round it to a half number up I ended up marking the right place at 3.5?. Easy-peezy!

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Step Two: Attach your wire hanger

  • Make sure to measure and mark on each side I then marked each spot with a magic marker and used a push pin to start the hole.
  • if you use eyehooks (my preferred choice) just twist them in until there is no more slack and then thread the wire through each loop in the eyehooksIdeally you need about 4-5? of overhang past them to secure it well.
  • If you have a multi-panel series of canvases (say, 2 or more panels that make up one big scene) repeat these steps for each panel.

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Step Three: Applying Adhesive Hooks

Now comes the fun part. You will need a set of Command hooks by 3M. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and weight thresholds, and apply with adhesive backing.

They are definitely as strong as the packaging indicates but you have to do it right the first time. No doubt some of the best picture hanging hooks Ive discovered.

In my experience they work the best with plain drywall. They are inexpensive and you can often find bundles with varying sizes.

I recommend the hook with a 2 lb threshold, and make sure they come with white adhesivethe clear strips have not been very satisfactory.

If they are not included with the hooks in question you can get a refill pack of assorted strips in varying sizes.

Step Four: X Marks the Spot- Locate and Mark off the Correct Spot on the Wall

This painting here (below; left) is the largest one I have on display it is 30? by 36? and I used 3 Command hooks mounted strategically so the weight of this picture would be distributed well. Using a yardstick I was able to mark the correct locations off on my wall beforehand.

If it sounds tedious, youll thank me later when you dont have to agonize over whether or not your painting is hanging crooked once you get these strips stuck down, they are on there for good.

  • Take note of your paintings width and mark the designated wall spot accordingly. There needs to be EQUAL distance between the 2 or more hooks so the painting will hang perfectly straight in the end with no guesswork.
  • When youve got the sweet spot (mark it with a pencil) then you can go straight to applying the strips and then the respective hooks.

?Oh and I know the package says wait one day before hanging anythingWait TWO days. Itll set that much better!

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And nowvoila!! You have just learned how to hang canvas art without nails successfully!! Congrats, you nailed it (no pun intended!)

Some Additional Tips for Hanging Art Without Nails

  • Dont use sawtooth hangers; they do not support the weight of the painting well. Sawtooths are mainly made for very small wall hangings, mostly of wood.
  • This method will work great for sofa size and multi-panel art equally well.
  • Measure twice, drill or mount once (hey, just like carpentry huh)
  • The adhesive strips have the greatest staying power in a less humid environment.

Oh finallywant to share an UPDATE (4/16/19)..I had had a third canvas panel for my multi-panel over the couch sunset scene hidden away in the closet until recently when I decided it was time to fix er upusing the techniques above.

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Only thing was I added a single hook and strip on each side as putting a new row of two hooks on either side would result in the whole thing not being centered right. (yep, I am a perfectionist, methinks ??)

Good luck and thanks for hanging with me!

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