Installing wall art is not complicated, but it does require some patience and a little "thinking through" in order to make sure everything lines up. Below is an installation I did of our 4 panel wall art on canvas
. You can see the pic of it below. I've included some tips and pictures below to help show the process I used. Please keep in mind, this is a 4 panel install. The same process can still be used on other panel wall art. The 3 and 5 panel collection would be easier since you would have a center panel to work with instead of a gap. I'll go into this more later.
These are the tools I used in the installation:
TOOLS and items used in this installation
Twist-N-Lock hardware (enough for each panel in your collection - see pic below)
Masking tape (ideally the same measurement as your gap)
Gather your installation hardware. Here I have 4 Twist-N-Lock setups.
For the first step, you want is to carefully remove the packaging from the panels. Please be careful not to cut the canvas. Then lay out the panels, on a table or floor, so the artwork all lines up. This placement will give you a general idea of what it's going to look like on the wall and you can also decide on how much of a gap you want between the panels. The print I'm hanging is a HUGE print with 4 panels 18" panels wide and approx. 50" tall (without gaps). This comes to a total of 72" without the gaps. Because it's such a large print, doing a slightly bigger gap would be fine. I decided that a 1-1/4" gap would be good. I would suggest an inch gap on the smaller wall art prints.
Then you want to get out your masking tape. Ideally, it would make it easier if you could use the same width of masking tap that you want for the gap (i.e. 1" wide tape for a 1" wide gap). I didn't have 1-1/4" tape so I used 3/4" tape and just visually added a 1/4" on each side. So before starting, you will need to know the total width (including the gaps) of your picture. Adding the 1-1/4" gaps would add on another 3-3/4", thus giving me a total of 75 3/4" (I rounded up to 76" to make it easier mathematically). Divide this total by 2 and that will give you your center, which in my case was 38"
Now you'll want to mark the center of the top of each print. These panels are 18" wide so the center point is 9". In the pic below, you'll see that I just placed a piece of tape long enough that I knew I'd get the center somewhere within the tape. If you look close, you may see in the 2nd pic where I marked the center point on each piece of tape.
Most framed prints and paintings come with a mounting bracket (see pic below). You'll want to make sure this lines up with your mark on the tape. If it does not, you will need to relocate it so when you hang it, it will be centered on the bracket. All my brackets were centered so I didn't have to move them.
Now it's time to mark where you will want the center of the print to be on your wall. The pic below shows that on our wall, the center of where I wanted to hang the painting already had a mounting hole. So I had to move the center a little more to one side so a panel would cover it. On a 3 or 5 panel print, an old mounting hole will be covered by a panel, but since this is a 4 (or even numbered) panel, the gap will be the center.
You'll see in the pic below, I used a piece of 3/4" masking tape to mark where the center of the print will be. You'll also want to make sure this is level, up and down, as possible as this is critical in hanging your first print. Since I moved the couch away so I could have enough room to work, I also marked on the piece of tape where the back of the couch would be. In this case, it was 40" high. This mark will also help me center the painting up top and bottom as close as possible because I'm centering the painting to the length of the couch. Because I didn't want the bottom of the painting end up behind the couch, I added about 7" from the top of the couch to use as my bottom measurement for the lowest print. You may want to do this as well if you are hanging a picture above a table or couch.
I also had to consider that the two center panels were not level to each other so I had to account for the excess in the total height of the painting. There was about 5" overlap so the total height was 49'. Half of this is 24.5" (I just rounded up to 25" simplicity). I used this to help center my two center panels.
In the pic below, I held the panel up about a 1/4" away from the right edge of the tape. I put a tiny mark on the wall directly at the top center above the center point of the mark I did earlier on the tape. Be sure you are facing directly in front of the painting. If you're off to the side, it may throw your mark off. Now you can put in the Twist-N-Lock and hang your first print. You should use a level to make sure it's installed level top to bottom. In the next 3 panel installs, you will not put the Twist-N-Locks where you marked - see below.
In the pic below, I held the 2nd print 1/4" away from the left side of the tape edge. I placed the print in the correct position, making sure I lined up the art on the edges of both prints. I put a very slight mark on the wall at top center of the 2nd print. Put the panel aside for now.
Now here is the critical step! Do not install the Twist-N-Lock at that mark you just did on the wall yet. If you do, when you install the print, it will actually move up on you. Next you will to look at the backside of the 2nd print for the mounting bracket and measure from the top edge of the print, to where it mounts. I was lucky because it was 3/4". In the 2nd image below (the one with the diagram), you can see of what I mean. Then I added my 3/4" tape which just so happens to be the distance I had to make up. After that I put a new mark at the bottom. THIS is where I will put my screw. Your distance will may be different. If it's a 1-1/2" from the top of the print to your mounting bracket (looking at the backside of the picture), then you will need to mark down 1-1/2" from that first mark you did. After you've put the anchor & screw in, you can mount the print. Once you get that one mounted, you can use your level to check and make sure it's level top to bottom, and double check the first panel you installed. Make sure the edges of the art lines up from one panel to the other.
In the pic below, I placed tape 1/4" away from the panel on the right. I installed the 3rd panel the same way I did the previous panel....put a very slight mark on the wall at center, place the tape and mark down how far you need to do your screw install. And then install your anchor & screw and hang the pic. Again, check the alignment of the art edges to make it lines up with the other panel. You will do the same thing on the left side of the other center panel.
After you've got the last panel mounted and have checked the alignment of all the art edges, you can remove all the tape you used as guides. Now you can stand back and admire your handywork!
Hope this helps you out!