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Canvas Size and Difficulty Levels of Paint By Numbers Kits

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What’s the best canvas size paint by numbers? Does it make sense to buy those big 40-inch canvases or should you stick to the smaller ones? Heck, does size even matter?

First of all, the size of art canvases matters. So, what are the dimensions of a canvas? The standard painting canvas sizes are 11 x 14, 16 x 20, 20 x 24, 30 x 40 and 36 x 48 inches. Check out this chart for all the most popular painting sizes.

Paint by numbers canvases are not widely different. You’ll find them in various sizes, including all the standard ones listed above and custom sizes as well. Therefore, there’s no single canvas size paint by numbers.

Hence the best canvas size for you depends on what you want to do with the finished artwork. For example, if you’re creating a gallery wall, you’ll want a healthy mixture of large and small paintings. On the other hand, if you want to frame and place the artwork on your nightstand, you may want to shop in the small canvas section.

Here’s a better rundown of some painting canvas sizes and how to choose the best canvas size paint by numbers.

Standard Paint by Numbers Canvas Size: 16 x 20

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When you’re talking about real paintings, the standard canvas size ranges from 11 x 14 inches all through 36 x 48 inches. However, the standard canvas size paint by numbers is strictly 16 x 20 inches. In fact, Ledgebay – one of the best paint by numbers brands – currently stocks 16 x 20 kits only.

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A 16 x 20 canvas is perfect for displaying medium-sized artwork, especially when it’s expansive in width. You can hang the final piece in your living room, office or game room. It will give the room some character and warmth without excessively drawing attention.

This canvas size paint by numbers is perfect all types of artists, but mostly beginners. That’s because it’s big enough to accommodate fairly detailed designs, yet it’s not intimidatingly large.

Besides, you can finish the entire painting in less than a day. Of course, the total time depends on how detailed it is. But it won’t require as much time and effort as the larger canvases.

For that reason, 16 x 20 paint by numbers canvases are ideal for beginners, juniors and senior painters. If you’re in the prime of your life and feel like taking on a painting challenge, consider going for a larger canvas.

Large Paint by Numbers Canvas Size: bigger than 16 x 20

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What is the largest canvas size? That would be a 54 x 96 canvas. You can use it for high-resolution prints as well as real painting. Speaking of real painting, did you know that painting by numbers can help you learn how to paint? Now you know!

Notwithstanding, this page explains most of what you need to know about large painting canvases. When it comes to paint by numbers, anything above 16 x 20 is considered large. Nonetheless, you won’t find a canvas that measures 54 x 96.

In fact, you’ll barely find a paint by numbers canvas that measures more than 48 inches (height or width). They mostly range from 17 to 48 inches. Take this 18 x 22-inch canvas for example.

While it’s tall enough to create a lasting impression in any room, it can still work as a standalone artwork on a wall. It’s perfect for living rooms, bedrooms and studies.

If you want a larger painting, you can shop in the 35 x 17 canvas section.

The canvas is a lot longer than it is high, which makes it ideal for hallways or above the entertainment center. Furthermore, you can place a painting of this size in the bedroom just above the headboard.

A 20 x 40 canvas looks a bit odd, but in a good way. That shape opens up a ton of opportunities for experimenting. For example, you can choose a landscape artwork and hang it in the kitchen, fireplace mantle or long hallway.

At the same time, you can go with a portrait 20 x 40 paint by numbers canvas. It will fit perfectly where the wall is just wider than 20 inches but goes as high as the ceiling.

41 x 17 is probably the biggest canvas size paint by numbers that you can find.

It would look awesome on any size-able wall, preferably in the living room, bedroom or office. Additionally, you’ll probably want to hang it as the only photo. It will really impress and set a particular tone in the room.

That’s exactly what a large canvas for painting does – it makes an impact in a room. Needless to say, you’ll need some extra patience and energy to complete such paintings.

Usually, the larger the canvas the more detailed the design. And that means many shapes – large and small – to paint. Therefore, choose a large canvas size paint by numbers if you’re feeling sufficiently hyped to paint for several days.

Small Paint by Numbers Canvas Size: smaller than 16 x 20

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Small canvases are excellent for small, desktop or tabletop paintings. Although you can find art canvases as small as 4 x 6 inches, paint by numbers canvases typically start at 9 x 12 inches.

Here’s one example of a 9 x 12 paint by numbers painting.

This is a perfect size for fill-in artwork in a gallery wall. Alternatively, you can frame it and place it on a desk, table, entertainment unit, bookshelf etc.

If you want to go one size up, you can consider a 12 x 16 paint by numbers canvas like the one below.

While not as large as a 16 x 20, this canvas size paint by numbers is just as good for living rooms, bedrooms, offices and entertainment rooms.

Of course small paintings are easier to complete. Consequently, they are more suitable for beginners and older folks who want to paint at a slow pace. On the other hand, the small size means that the design will have small shapes to paint. Therefore, consider budgeting for a magnifying lens and small lamp alongside the paint by numbers kit.

Square Paint by Numbers Canvases

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Most paint by numbers canvases are rectangular in shape. However, every so often you’ll find one that’s square. Here’s a good example.

Everything about this 16 x 16 artwork is interesting. First, the canvas is square. Secondly, the artwork itself is round.

Such canvases are perfect for displaying side-by-side artworks on a wall. They can fit in the living room, bedroom, office or even kitchen.

Paint by Numbers Canvas Set

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Occasionally you’ll find a paint by numbers kit that comes with two or more different-sized canvases – or even an easel!

The above set from Schipper features 5 different canvases (on cardboards). Two of them measure 10.3 x 23.5. The other two measure 10.3 x 18.7 inches while the largest is a whopping 10.3 x 28.3 inches.

“What’s the benefit of such a paint by numbers set?” you ask. It has an unmatched wow factor. Whether it’s on a gallery wall, living room, bedroom or office, it will spruce up the décor in ways that individual paintings can’t.

Is Paint by Numbers Hard? The Difficulty Levels of Paint by Numbers

So many people ask this question: is paint by numbers hard? No, it’s not. That’s because the paint by numbers canvas is pre-designed. It has shapes that reveal a nice artwork when you paint all of them.

Each shape is numbered and each number represents a particular color. For example, let’s say #1 is blue, #2 is red, #3 is green, #4 is yellow, and #5 is black. That means you’ll apply blue paint on every shape (on the canvas) numbered 1, red on all the shapes numbered 2, green on all the shapes numbered 3 and so on.

That’s the gist of painting by numbers. Check out this comprehensive guide on how to do paint by numbers in case you need some more info. The bottom line is that paint by numbers is not hard.

Now that we have that out of the way, what are the difficulty levels of paint by numbers? You’ll generally get beginner and advanced paint by numbers.

Beginner Paint by Numbers

Beginner kits are simpler to paint. They feature a less detailed canvas design, which means bigger and less intricate shapes. Therefore, you won’t struggle to paint within the lines.

Most paint by numbers kits for beginners come with acrylic paints, a set of brushes, a picture of the finished artwork, and, of course, the pre-designed canvas. Why acrylic paint? Because it’s more forgiving to painters, at least as far as paint by numbers.

That makes beginner paint by numbers kits excellent for kids, seniors and adults who are just starting out. By the way, head over here if you’re looking to buy a paint by numbers kit for kids. Likewise, if you want paint by numbers kits for seniors, you can find them here.


Many people assume that advanced paint by numbers kits are meant for adults only. Well, that’s not the case. Paint by numbers kits for adults are those whose artwork may be inappropriate for kids. Take this series for example.

Advisory: contains adult content

While the artistic aspect of the kits is great, it’s not appropriate for kids. Therefore, you probably shouldn’t be shopping there if you’re looking for paint by numbers kits for kids.

So, what makes a kit advanced? A super-detailed canvas design with intricate areas and small shapes. Advanced paint by numbers kits may require you to use small brushes and magnifying glasses to paint.

Although they may take longer to complete, advanced paint by numbers usually reveal detailed and eye-catchy artwork.


Paint by number kits are a great way to ease into the world of painting, and they come in a variety of sizes and difficulty levels to suit every skill level. The most common canvas sizes for paint by numbers kits are 18″x24″ and 24″x36″, but you can also find smaller ones that are perfect for beginners or larger ones that are better suited for advanced painters.

With different dimensions, paint by number kits can be considerably small or quite large, so be sure to choose a size that is appropriate for the space you have available. When it comes to difficulty level, most paint by numbers kits are classified as either easy, medium, or hard.

Easy kits have larger areas of solid color and fewer details, while hard kits have smaller areas of color and more intricate details. Medium canvas number painting kits fall somewhere in between, making them a great choice for painters of all skill levels.

Mini paint by number kits are perfect for those who want to try their hand at this fun activity without committing to a larger project. You’d also find custom paint kits in various sizes.

No matter what size or difficulty level you choose, all paint by numbers kits come with high quality paint that is specifically formulated to match the numbered areas on the canvas. With a little time and effort, you’ll be able to create a beautiful work of art that you can be proud of.

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