How to Display Canvas Panels

If you are looking for a way how to display canvas panels without the hassle of framing, then read on! There are many different ways that you can hang your artwork. To get started, take some measurements to know how big each panel is. You will also want to figure out how high off the ground they need to be hung for them to be seen properly.

From there, it’s just a matter of deciding which type of hardware best suits the space and style of where they will go in your home or office environment. If you plan to frame your panels, ensure they fit inside the frame without being stretched out of shape. Once this is done, all you have to do is hang it up as usual!

How to Display Canvas Panels

10 Ways on How to Display Canvas Panels:

There is a multitude of ways how to display canvas panels. However, depending on the size/shape/subject matter, you may need to use only one or two methods listed below. This article will describe ten common ways to display your doors or panels.

1) Hang vertically from the top of the panel:

Hanging your panels vertically gives them a clean and sleek appearance. This method is perfect for when you’re using thinner panels (1/4″ or less) and smaller sized panels (like cabinet doors).

2) Hang Horizontally From the Side of the Panel:

Hanging the panel horizontally gives your panels a more ornate appearance. This method is used when you are using thicker or larger-sized panels.

3) Display as a Table or Desk Top:

Table tops, desks, and similar pieces can display your panels. This is useful if you have smaller/lightweight panels that would be easily damaged by hanging from the top or side.

4) Build a Frame to Display Your Panels:

A building or purchasing a wood or metal frame can be used for displaying your finished panels. This is the easiest way; however, it requires more time and effort than simply hanging the panel as described above.

However, the advantage of this method is that you can create an architectural masterpiece. Additionally, if you ever want to sell the piece, you may find removing and transporting a frame around the panels easier.

5) Hang with Wire:

Hanging your panel on the wire can give your finished piece that “antique” feel many people look for when purchasing painted or faux-finished products. This method may not be the best to use on larger or heavier pieces of wood; however, it can be used effectively in many situations.

6) Display Using Magnets:

Virtually invisible, this method provides a very clean look for hanging small doors and/or panels. Some people may prefer the feel of wire when dealing with lightweight items. However, this method can be costly.

Display Using Magnets

7) Hang on Stretcher Bars:

Hanging your panel utilizing stretcher bars is one of the most common methods for displaying canvas panels. This method has been used for many years and allows you to easily display lighter or more fragile items. The drawback to this method is that it requires some time and effort to place the stretcher bars and hang the panel properly.

8) Display on Brackets:

Using brackets can be an inexpensive way to display your panels. The drawback to this method is that it only works well if the bracket is securely fastened to a wall or other heavy-duty support structure. We do not recommend using this method for hanging larger or heavier pieces of wood.

9) Staple Item Directly to the Substrate:

This is an inexpensive way to display your items. However, it requires using nails, screws, or staples directly into a stud, concrete, or other heavy substrates. This method works well for many applications but should not be used on very large pieces of wood as they may bow when hung from multiple locations with nails or staples.

10) Wire-mount to the Substrate:

This method uses wire, hooks, and ligatures to mount your items securely. It requires that you create holes in your panels. This is not always an easy task; however, it can be accomplished with relative ease using specialized tools. This method provides a clean look for displaying wood panels if done properly. It is typically used to hang the panels from the side (horizontally) and top (vertically). Combined with the above methods, this method can provide a clean look for displaying your wood panels.

You Can Check It Out to Hang a Flat Canvas Board

Things to Consider When Displaying Canvas Panels:

1. We’ll be cutting holes into our panels, so if you have a favorite pencil or pen that has been sitting at the bottom of your bag for years and has dried out, now would be a good time to use it.

2. The panels we use will only be as good as the duct tape we apply to them. This is why we recommend using Duck Tape; it sticks better than other brands and is less likely to loosen up after weeks of use and abuse. The key to any well-made duct tape product for cosplaying starts with a strong adhesive and ends with an equally reliable backing.

3. You do not have to be an artist or a sculptor to make your custom tarp for cosplay. All you need is some time, patience, and imagination!

4. Usually, the first step in making any duct tape project begins with peeling off the sticky side of the first piece of tape and then sticking it to the panel; once this is done then, it can be cut into shape.

5. When creating your duct tape project, always remember to use enough pieces of tape, but not too many where you lose the quality. A good rule of thumb for determining how much duct tape you will need is to aim for about 5-6 layers of tape for each section.

Things to Consider When Displaying Canvas

How Do You Show Unframed Canvas?

You must first know that not all canvas panels are created the same. How it’s done varies depending on what type of lightbox/display method you use. This is because the materials used to create the lightbox will vary.

If you are buying a pre-made unit, it will have instructions on showing its canvas panels. However, if you are creating your own custom lightbox, you need to know how to display any framed or unframed canvas panel you choose properly.

How Do You Keep Canvas Panels Flat?

Keeping canvas panels flat, smooth and clean is very important to the final painting. If you paint on an uneven surface, your painting will be distorted. A warped panel can ruin hours of effort in only seconds! Before painting, it is good practice to lay down some heavy books or objects on the edges before you start so that the panel will be flat when the paint is dry.

Unfortunately, gravity sometimes wins over your good intentions, and a warped panel is often not avoidable. In that case, you have some options: You can use a special kind of paint called gesso or imprimatur, which is specially made for priming canvases. Gesso comes in different thicknesses; you need to ensure that the one you use is thick enough to compensate for the panel warp.


It is important to consider the following factors when displaying canvas panels to get the best results. If you are looking for advice on how to display canvas panels on a gallery wall or professionally mounted and framed canvases, we can help!

We have years of experience with all types of art displays and will be happy to answer any questions that you may have about this process. With the right information, you can determine which type of frame will best fit your needs. So, what have you learned from this blog post? Please share what you’ve found with others by leaving us a comment below!

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