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Canvas Sizes: How To Pick The Best Size

Whether you’re creating an elaborate gallery wall, seeking the right frame for that new photograph or picking a canvas for your next DIY, size can make or break your project. Buying something too small or too big, too wide or too tall—it’s a lot to consider. Before you start shopping, take some time to find the best fit for your home. Below we’ve outlined nine popular canvas sizes for a home decor project. Or, if you’re looking for more options, scroll down to understand how to create a custom canvas for any type of home  decor or craft project.

10″ x 8″

10″x8″ canvases are a popular choice for fill-ins in gallery walls or as a small desk or bookcase accessory. Its size makes it versatile for a variety of artwork – you can mount your favorite family photo or simply print out an image and trim to fit.

Good for: Desks, bookcases, small hallways


10″ x 14″

To upgrade to the next level, opt to use 10″x14″ canvases if you have a print or piece of artwork that looks best matted. This canvas is also large enough to accommodate a photo collage – you can easily stack four 5″x7″ photos into this canvas.

Good for: Small photo collages, guest bedrooms, kitchens


12″ x 12″

The 12″x12″ canvas is an easy pick if you want to display a large photo, but may have limited wall space. This canvas size looks great with a single large image or broken up into a photo collage – get creative with your photo sizes!

Good for: Apartment living rooms, bathrooms, gallery walls


24″ x 10″

While odd in shape, the 24″x10″ opens up more possibilities than it limits. Fit this canvas in unique places of your home like on a mantle, above a kitchen stovetop or over your bedroom headboard. This canvas looks lovely showcasing a panoramic cityscape or large family photo.

Good for: Fireplace mantels, kitchen, long hallways

16″ x 16″

Use a 16″x16″ as the “wow factor” to a gallery wall or hang on its own above a bedroom dresser. With plenty of space, create a unique photo collage by combining photos and fun quotes.

Good for: Living rooms, dining rooms, guest bedrooms


20″ x 16″

Slightly larger than the 16″x16″, the 20″x16″ canvas allows you to display longer photos like wedding pictures, tall buildings or expansive landscapes. Hang this behind a desk or above a doorway.

Good for: Offices, game rooms, living rooms


36″ x 12″

Similar to the 24″x10″, the 36″x12″ canvas works well in longer hallways or over your entertainment center (it’s the same width as a 42″ TV). Print inspirational quotes or your favorite travel photos on this canvas.

Good for: Living rooms, bedrooms, entryways

20″ x 30″

This tall canvas leaves a lasting impression on any room. You can opt to hang it above a sofa, but it’s also tall enough to prop up against a wall as a standalone image.

Good for: Studies, bedrooms, living rooms

24″ x 36″

Ready to really impress your guests? This large 24×36 canvas can set the stage in any room with an expansive wall, but will do best in a room where it’s the only photo.

Good for: Bedrooms, living rooms, offices

Finding Your Perfect Canvas Size

Whether you’re shopping for artwork or creating something yourself, picking the right canvas size is critical for your one of a kind pieces. We outlined some popular choices above, but the number of standard canvas sizes available to you are in the dozens.

Why Canvas?

Before you resort to a regular ol’ frame to showcase your favorite photo, consider getting it professionally done as a canvas print. The material (typically cotton or linen) is hand-stretched so the fibers turn an ordinary photo into a work of art. Additionally, opting for a canvas print is actually lighter weight than other wood wall art pieces, making it ideal to change around for gallery walls or during redecorating. If you’re missing the elegance, try a framed canvas for museum gallery quality.

When you’re about to dive into a DIY project—whether it’s painting or home decor—it helps to have a plan in place to allow your creativity to flourish. Starting off with a blank canvas, use our guide above to determine the size and shape that best suits your project.

Looking for the right canvas for your room? Browse our canvases print services to customize your home.