How to Hang a Large Canvas

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Nowadays when you buy a canvas, it rarely comes with any hanging hardware. Many people mistakenly believe that means it’s OK to hang it by the frame. But it’s not! It’s not safe to hang it by the frame because it could easily fall off the wall. So what do you do?

After countless struggles of our own with hanging canvasses of all types and sizes, we came up with a solution – a CanvasHanger. Here’s how it works:


A CanvasHanger is a small white bracket that fits in the corner of a canvas. Place one in each top corner and secure it by hammering the outer pins into the frame, then place your canvas on the wall and push it in. That’s it!

The part that secures the canvas to the wall is similar to a push pin, or tack, but is industrial strength (as you can see in the photo above). CanvasHangers work with any size of canvas, big or small, and can hold up to 20 lbs. Considering how light canvases are, it can hold a very large one without any worries.

Here, we're getting ready to hang this large zebra canvas (3.9′ X 2.5′) in a hallway.

Here’s what we did:

  • We found the middle point between the hallway window and the end of the wall. That’s the centre.
  • We marked the centre with a piece of painter’s tape.
  • We centered my canvas with the centre of the wall.
  • The CanvasHangers come with a handy dandy mini level that we used to make sure my canvas was levelled before hanging it.
  • Once the canvas was straight, we pushed the top corners into the wall to hang it.

Note that we stood on a step stool when hanging “Zibby.” When we're standing on the floor, his eyes are pretty much at our eye level, which is approximately 5.5′ (I’m 5.6′).

A large canvas can be awkward to hang because often it’s as wide as your arms can spread open, but we didn’t have any problems getting it on the wall at all. All we had to do was to push the CanvasHangers in place, that’s it. There was no need to mark the wall or take complicated measurements. 

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Look at how flush the canvas hangs against the wall. It creates a clean, seamless look, so if you’re hanging your canvas in a hallway where it’ll be seen from the sides – getting that straight flush look matters.

In addition, since there are two brackets in the top corners, they keep the canvas nice and straight. Since the hallway is quite a busy traffic area, there wont be a need to constantly straighten Zibby up, it will always stay straight. 

We love decorating with canvasses because they’re inexpensive, so you can get very large ones to fill a large wall without spending much money. There’s also plenty of choice available at home stores, so you’re guaranteed to find one to match your décor style.

We chose the zebra because it’s playful, and we find black and white timeless. So if we decide to move Zibby to another room, we know it’ll fit in the space no matter what the color of the room is. Investing in neutral art  is a good idea – it looks good anywhere. 

CH Zebra

CH Zebra

CanvasHangers can be purchased directly from our online store.

Happy hanging!


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