How to mount canvas on masonite

A canvas picture stretched out or hung up loosely

Framed and frameless canvases

Canvases can be hung in three forms of construction:

1. Mounted on a stretcher
2. Mounted on a rigid subframe
3. Loosely falling with weighting or wallpapered over the entire surface

Hanging techniques for framed canvases

Fastening constructions are possible for wedge and substructure frames that do not require drilling or gluing in and on the frame wood. Smaller and lighter models can also be hung with individual adhesive dots, for example with double-sided adhesive tape.

The attachment points can be hidden behind the back of the canvas. Loosely attachable sheet metal hooks are available for stretcher frames. With two small nails or screws, a wire or string can be stretched along the side ledges of the frame. This suspension has the advantage of being able to be aligned with millimeter precision.

A visible hanging technique are so-called gallery strips, which have integrated hooks or serve as metallic magnetic carriers. Holding magnets can be attached to the back of the frame. The support structure can be combined with wire and cord suspensions. If you hang up a canvas picture and want to move it around or change it more often, this solution is ideal. Holding cords and wires protruding from the top of the canvas can be hung from wall hooks or wire-tensioned holding systems.

Hanging techniques for loosely falling canvases

Large canvases can be hung freely. In order to prevent a crease-free fall and movement by drafts, weighting at the lower end is essential. It can consist of different constructions.

  • Retaining bar that also serves as a locking mechanism for roll-up canvases and for installation in the ceiling
  • Wooden or metal bar
  • Weights (tablecloth holder) with clamps attached to the lower edge of the canvas
  • Lead tape inserted in a glued or sewn lower hem for the curtain weighting
  • Punched holes into which hooks with weights or springs can be hung. Springs need additional anchoring on the floor or on the wall.

Windbreakers and Moisture

If a canvas is to be temporarily hung in a windy place (balcony, garden, terrace), a “windbreaker” can limit the swing. For this purpose, a weighting element such as a carpet, a thick towel or a heavy tablecloth is hung parallel behind the canvas.

Canvases are made of fabrics that are sensitive to moisture and temperature fluctuations. They should not be hung in places where there is high humidity (kitchen) and be protected from moisture, for example by precipitation.

By applying a self-adhesive tape coated with velvet, you can easily create an attractive visual finish to the canvas.

Author: Stephan Reporter
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