Practical ways to safely secure a canvas painting in a baby’s nursery

You want a lovely nursery, but safety comes first. How can you have both?

  1. Put the painting elsewhere:  In non-earthquake-prone areas, you could simply hang the painting  in a different part of the nursery rather than above a baby’s crib, such as over the changing table or above a dresser.
  2. Use putty: For people in places that do get earthquakes, a clever idea is to put “quake putty” beneath each of the corners to secure them. (This idea came from the comment section of this Apartment Therapy article on quake-proof wall decor ideas)
  3. Screw right through frames:  For framed paintings–such as art works on paper or framed, unstretched canvas, the simplest, least costly option is to sink screws right through each corner of a cheap frame. Then, paint the screws to match the frame. Also, be sure to use either Plexiglas (for watercolors or prints) or no covering (for acrylics that would stick to Plexiglas). This way, you can avoid using any glass that could shatter. Unfortunately, the screw-through method would not work for stretched canvas painting.
  4. My advice for hanging canvas art securely:  Personally, I would suggest that you combine the quake putty idea with a very secure hanging hardware system:
    • For small to medium-large sized canvases ( about 36″ or less), I would suggest using OOK, readyscrew D-ring hardware on either side plus thick-gauge framing wire.
    • For large to extra large canvases (more than 36″ in either direction), I would suggest using Hangman hangers . They have a built-in level, which makes hanging easier. Also, they hold a great deal of weight. According to the manufacturer: “The 6″ Hangman Hanger will support 75 lbs. The 12″ Hangman Hanger will support 100 lbs. The 18″ Hangman Hanger will support 200 lbs. The 30″ Hangman Hanger will support 300 lbs”.
This part of the hangman system attaches directly to the back of your stretched canvas painting.

    This part of the hangman system attaches directly to the back of your stretched canvas painting. 

 

This part of the Hangman system attaches directly to the wall.
This part of the Hangman system attaches directly to the wall. Notice the chartreuse-colored, sliding level built into the hanger.

 

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