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How to Set Up an Easel

how to set up an easel

Setting up an easel can seem like a daunting task for beginners, but it doesn’t have to be! With the right tools and some easy steps, you’ll be able to set up your easel to display your artwork in no time.

This article will provide you with an overview of how to set up an easel so that you don’t get stuck trying to figure out all the pieces before beginning.

How do you Assemble an Easel?

The easel is made up of a few main pieces:

  • The base – It is where you will be placing your easel, and it can either be freestanding or attached to an easel stand
  • Themast – It goes into the base and holds up the canvas holders. In fact, there are usually two or three of these, depending on the size of your easel
  • The canvas holders – Finally, the canvas holders attach to the mast and hold your painting surface in place

Once you have all the pieces assembled, it’s time to set up your easel.

First, Find a Level Spot for your Base.

This step is important so that your easel doesn’t wobble while you’re working. Once you’ve found a good spot, push the base down into the ground so that it is sturdy.

Now you can Insert your Easel’s Mast into the Base.

Depending on how large your easel is, this may be a bit of an effort but will pay off instability later!

Then, Slide your Canvas Holder Inside the Mast.

Once you have inserted your easel’s mast all the way to its base, grab one of your canvas holders and slide it onto each side until they are secure.

If there are three rather than two sides for holding up canvases or boards, then position them evenly across both sides of your easel. Make sure not to overload any particular area with too many materials at once.

While some areas might hold more weight if needed (such as near where someone would stand when working), it is generally best to keep the easel as balanced and sturdy as possible.

Finally, Attach your Canvas to the Set-Up Stand.

how do you assemble an easel

Now that your easel’s stand is assembled, you can attach anything you would like to it. We recommend painting boards or canvases since they are already fitted for easels, but any lightweight material will do.

Simply slide them into one of the canvas holders until secure and enjoy working on a nice stable surface. You may need an assistant working with larger materials. Otherwise, congratulations- now you’re ready to paint!

Once everything has been set up, take some time adjusting things here and there to have all the tools needed within easy reach (painting knives should be stored in their slots under where your work area rests).

Make sure not to overload your easel or its components, and remember that if you ever need to move it (or put it away), the easel should be taken apart first before moving any of its pieces.

Tips to Set up your Easel:

  • If you’re having trouble with your easel, consult the manufacturer’s instructions or take it to a professional for help
  • When setting up your easel, make sure it is at least 5 feet from the wall. This will allow enough room to work on the canvas without getting paint all over the walls
  • Ensure that there’s plenty of light coming in so that colors can be seen more vividly and accurately
  • You want to avoid painting too quickly with an easel because this may cause mistakes or smudging of paint onto other areas on the canvas, which would require adding another layer of color back into those regions – not efficient
  • If any parts are challenging to reach by standing behind the easel, consider using a stool or ladder if necessary


Setting up an easel is a great way to tap into your creativity. The easel is the perfect tool for artists, writers, and other creatives who need a versatile way to work. It can also be used as a place for you and your family members, friends, or co-workers to brainstorm ideas together without having to worry about getting distracted by their phone screens.

Hopefully, this article has provided you with an overview of what an easel can do for your business or hobby. With that, you can make more informed decisions about how best to use this essential piece of equipment in your workspace.

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