How to Hang Canvas Prints Without Nails and Avoid Wall Damage

Hanging canvas art is one of the best ways to add a pop of color into an otherwise dull-looking interior. And say you have just acquired an amazing artwork and can’t wait to display it, what if hammering nails into your walls is not a viable option? Innovate: learn ways on how to hang canvas prints without nails.

Whether you have a strict landlord or you have no access to tools or because of some other reason, it’s understandable that people have different needs when it comes to decorating living spaces. To help address these needs, here is a list of ways in which you can proudly present wall art without putting unwanted holes in your wall. This article will provide useful tips on how to hang canvas prints without nails and a hammer.


Use Adhesive Strips

The idea of using adhesive strips is a popular one, because it lets you hang a canvas print without the risk of damaging the wall or paint when you take the artwork off. This task might look simple enough, but following the instructions indicated on the packaging instead of mindlessly sticking your artwork on walls will actually make a big difference. So how is it done?

Prepare what you need:

  • The canvas art
  • Adhesive strips
  • Spirit level (you can download an app on your smartphone or you can just trust your eyes and intuition)
  • Clean cloth
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Patience

One important thing to be considered is the type of wall surface you’ll be using these adhesive strips on. Do note that these may work on most surfaces but not on everything. It works well over stained or varnished wood, tile, glass (make sure it is not exposed to direct sunlight or water, otherwise you can use water-resistant adhesives that are especially made for these types of environment), drywall, wallboard or painted cinder block. It is not advisable to be used on textured walls, bricks, fabrics and wallpapers.

Check the size and the weight of your wall art. The packaging of the strips will tell you the recommended weight that it can hold. Get the ones that is appropriate for your artwork.

Step 1.Dust and grime are factors why the strips don’t stick properly. Clean the wall and the picture frame using a piece of cloth and isopropyl alcohol. Avoid using other cleaning chemicals because it may leave a thin layer of residue on the surface of the wall that may affect the adherence of the strips.

Step 2. Mark the spot where you will be hanging the art with a pencil. The same procedure is done when trying to figure out the right height for hanging art with nails.

Step 3. The frame’s back has to be held flat against the wall so make sure that you remove any protruding hardware like nail or wire that is attached to the back of the canvas because these may prevent you from pressing the art flat against the wall.

Step 4. Take off the paper lining and attach the strips to the top corner of the frames. If more strips need to be attached on the lower area, then place it no further 2/3 down the top not on the bottom corners. This allows the canvas art to be removed without damaging the walls.

Step 5. Once you have the adhesive strips properly attached, you may now press the canvas art gently and firmly at the spot where you wish to hang it. Press each strip and hold for 30 seconds. As prescribed in the instructions, you need to remove the wall art and let the adhesive bond for an hour before reattaching the canvas, this is why patience is also an important factor. Just repeat the procedure with the other canvas prints if you plan to create a gallery wall for your space.


lips canvas art leaning on wall

Painted Lips Canvas Print leaning on a wall

Another easy work around to exhibit canvases without nails is to simply lean art against the wall. This gives you the chance to get creative by layering canvases or framed pictures together. It also gives your space an eye-catching visual appeal.

You can mix small and big pictures, frames of different colors and styles to create a sense of dimension and depth. Use the spaces on your fireplace mantle or credenza or even at the floor if you have the right space for it. It also makes it easier for you to switch artworks when you feel like changing the designs compared to canvases that are hung on the wall.


As you may have already realized, walls aren’t the only place to put art. There may be times that you may want to add artwork but lack wall space in your interior. Then you may take advantage of bookshelves! Bookshelves aren’t limited to your book collection, if you think out of the box (or shelf), framed pictures and canvas art can be put on top or within the shelves. Create a unique look by layering decorative pieces in front of artwork or books. One helpful tip is to think about the composition of your design, meaning your pieces must be related to each other in terms of color, style or theme.


And last, but definitely not the least, is one of the best ways in presenting artwork that would definitely save you the hassle of hanging art without nails – use an easel. These come in different sizes to accommodate small table top pieces to large wall arts that create a dramatic statement in your living room.

And there you have it! The easy and alternative ways in showcasing artwork. Hang art without the hassle of drilling holes and working with tools. Here’s to hoping that these tips helped you out and gave you ideas in creating a home that expresses your style and creativity.



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