I’ve had a bunch of canvas prints sitting in a crate for some time now and haven’t really known what to do with them. I’d been planning on hanging the prints up on my green wall for a while but I wasn’t too sure of the best way of hanging prints. I wanted them to have equal gaps between each print. To simply hang one on the wall measure the predefined gap and hang the next print would never have worked.
I searched online for a while trying to find a better solution to my problem.
A few websites suggested a similar method of hanging prints. They made use of newspaper cut to the size of each image you’re going to hang up. Once you have each piece of newspaper cut to size, you need to fold each piece in half so you can determine where you need to hang the hook so as to keep the picture straight when hanging on the wall.Before you stick the newspaper to the wall it’s probably best to decide on a layout. I found it easier first to get a rough idea of how you wanted your images to look once hung up. I did this by roughly placing the canvas prints on the floor.
Once I was happy I worked from the inside out, sticking the newspaper to the wall, and measuring the gaps as I went. Once all the newspaper sheets were stuck to the wall you can see if you layout is going to work or not. I did learn that even though the prints looked great laid out on the floor, once the paper was on the wall, I needed to do some tweaking and adjusting. Once I was happy I went ahead and hammered in the hooks, making sure they went in where I had folded the sheets of newspaper.
You can then tear down the sheets of newspaper, one sheet at a time, I made sure that I took down one sheet of newspaper and replaced it with the corresponding print as I went. A little bit of straightening and my canvas prints were all up on the wall and ready to show off to friends and family.
After my practice run with the canvas prints I moved on to hanging up some mismatching frames I’ve been purchasing over the last few months. Recently I printed a selection of images to put in them.
I used the same method to hang the frames as I did with the canvas prints, but the frames were a little more complicated because I needed to measure how far from the top of the frame the string sits. When mounting the images into the frames I also took the time to make sure the string on all the frames was the same distance from the top of the frames. This meant that I could measure that distance from the top of each newspaper sheet, making sure I knew where the middle was, for the frames to hang straight.
I got all the hooks hammered into the wall, tore off the sheets of newspaper one piece at a time and hung each framed image. Even though it took a good few hours, once I stood back I could see the hard work of cutting sheets of newspaper and measuring so carefully had paid off.
My prints are now all on the wall and they do look good!