Turn your own hand-painted, eclectic canvas mural into a room's focal point.

How to Apply a Canvas Mural to a Wall

by Eric Jonas

Whether you're mounting a centerpiece in your living room or your youngster’s hand painted artwork in the playroom, a simple or elaborate canvas mural can instantly transform a room’s decor. While canvas murals are often hung stretched out on frames with fasteners, you can use hardware to mount the canvas mural directly onto the wall so you can take it down anytime or skip the mounting brackets altogether and stick it up without them.

Mounting Directly to the Wall

Wash the wall and wipe it clean with a lint-free cloth. Allow the wall to air dry thoroughly.

Use a measuring tape to mark the corners of the mural’s length and width on the wall. Use a pencil and straight edge to outline the shape of the canvas on the wall.

Spray the outlined area with spray adhesive. Wear a breathing mask and safety goggles as you spray. Alternatively, cover the area within the outline with double-sided carpet tape.

Spray the back of the canvas with adhesive spray (unless you’re using double-sided tape) and hold the top edge of the canvas against the top edge of the outline on the wall. Smooth the fabric onto the wall, beginning along the top edge to make sure it is straight and pressing down firmly to remove wrinkles or bubbles in the fabric. If you’re using tape, you can roll up the canvas before you begin and slowly unroll it against the wall as you press it against the tape. Continue pressing firmly for one to two minutes to allow the glue to adhere.

Rod-Mounted Canvas Mural

Measure the width of the canvas mural. Cut a 3-inch-wide piece of fabric to a length that is the width of the mural. Fold the strip of fabric in half to make it 1 1/2 inches wide and sew along the long, rough edge to make a fabric tube.

Pin the tube along the top, back of the canvas mural and sew the two fabrics together. Sew along one side of the tube; don’t sew through both layers.

Locate the studs in the wall with a stud finder and make a mark at two of the studs, at the height you’d like to hang the canvas. Drill pilot holes and then screw a rod hook at each mark.

Subtract 1 inch from the width of the canvas and cut a 1/2-inch wooden dowel according to this measurement. Slide the dowel into the tube on the back of the canvas and then insert the dowel into the rod brackets on the wall.

Items you will need

  • Soap and water
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Straight edge
  • Spray adhesive or double-sided carpet tape
  • Mask
  • Safety goggles
  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Sewing pins
  • Stud finder
  • Drill
  • Rod hooks
  • 1/2-inch-wide wooden dowel
  • Saw


  • Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update & Show Your Home Some Love; Sherry Petersik, et al.

About the Author

Eric Jonas has been writing in small-business advertising and local community newsletters since 1998. Prior to his writing career, he became a licensed level II gas technician and continues to work in the field, also authoring educational newsletters for others in the business. Jonas is currently a graduate student with a Bachelor of Arts in English and rhetoric from McMaster University.

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