Picture hanging systems, which are often found in art galleries, are popular today in offices, homes, and schools. The reason is they make hanging, adjusting, and rearranging pictures fast and easy. Plus, you do not have to worry about repairs and wall damage.
With many different picture hanging systems on the market, you may be challenged to find the best one for you. Below are some tips to make your job a breeze:
#1 Check Capacities
Make sure the picture hanging system you select can handle the weight of the art you are displaying. Read carefully about the specifications for each part’s weight-bearing capacity. Good companies make it easy to find this important information.
Also be sure you understand how to install the tracks for the system, including attachment and fastener choice. This is even more important if you want to buy a system that has tracks on the ceiling; there is a higher possibility that the load will pull the track out.
#2 Type of Hanger
There are picture hanging systems that use tape, cables, plastic line, and rods. All of them have advantages and disadvantages as far as strength, flexibility, durability and appearance.
For most people, cable systems provide a good balance of the above qualities. They usually last for years under heavy use. Tape and plastic line can be a good choice if budget is a concern. Clear tape is almost invisible on white walls, while cables will be hard to see on dark walls.
#3 Look for Quality
Get a sample of the system’s hardware before you buy anything. A good supplier will be glad to provide this to you. If you are going to invest in a picture hanging system, you want to see that it can handle your pictures and how often you move them.
When you are looking at samples, check for inconspicuous, compact parts that are made with good-quality materials. The system should operate smoothly, resist bending, and lock firmly.
Check how long the company has been in business and see who is using their picture hanging system.
Some systems offer a lighting option that is integrated into the product. This can be useful so that your pictures are fully illuminated. See that the fixtures are easy to move up and down and side to side.
Keep these guidelines in mind when you buy your picture hanging system and you should be very happy with your purchase.