How to mount canvas art

Updated February 21, 2017

Mounting a canvas on a wall is an excellent way to showcase a piece of artwork and add decoration to a room. Simply hanging a canvas on nails is not the sturdiest solution and could result in a crooked display. The best way to mount a canvas is with hangers and wire.

Position the D-ring hangers on the back of the canvas, two-thirds of the way up from the bottom, one on each side along the wooden frame. Orient the hangers so the triangular rings face inwards and are far enough toward the central edge to hang without hitting the framing.

Screw in the D-ring hangers with the screws provided. D-rings and their screws are usually sold together.

Cut the hanging wire to match the width of the canvas plus an additional 22.5 cm (9 inches).

String the wire through the left D-ring, starting from the right side of the ring and pull through 7.5 cm (3 inches) of wire. You will have the majority of the wire lying across the canvas and 7.5 cm (3 inches) sticking out of the left side.

Fold the excess 7.5 cm (3 inches) back onto the rest of the wire lying across the canvas and pinch together where it runs through the ring. Twist the 7.5 cm (3 inches) around the main wire.

Repeat on the right side, stringing 7.5 cm (3 inches) through, folding back, pinching, and twisting. The wire will be strung across the canvas and have 7.5 cm (3 inches) of slack to allow it to hang.

Test the slack by holding the wire at its midpoint. The wire should not be visible above the top of the canvas from the front. If the wire is visible, untwist one side of wire, pull more than 7.5 cm (3 inches) through the ring, fold back again, pinch and twist.

Mark a place on the wall with a pencil where you would like to mount the canvas with the picture hanger and nail. The top of the canvas will be slightly higher than the nail, so make the mark lower than you want the canvas to hang.

Orient the picture hanger so the hole is on top and position on the pencil mark, laying the flat back of the hanger flush against the wall. Put the nail through the hole and, keeping the hanger against the wall, hammer in the nail.

Hang the canvas by the wire on the picture hanger. Make any necessary minor adjustments to ensure the canvas hangs straight.


Finding the hook to hang the wire on by feel can be tricky. Have a friend stand to the side of the hook to help guide you.

Things You'll Need

  • Canvas
  • 2 D-ring hangers
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Hanging wire
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Picture hanger and nail
  • Hammer
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