HALBE-frames knows the intricacies of the different mounting methods
Churches, July 6, 2020 - Hanging pictures skillfully has presented many an art lover with great challenges. In addition to choosing the right picture frame and location, the method of mounting and hanging plays an important role in displaying photographs, prints and other prints. Whether with nails or screws on the wall, by means of a gallery rail on perlon or wire ropes - each type of hanging has its advantages and disadvantages. HALBE -rahmen (www.HALBE-rahmen.de) knows that both manual skill and artistic sensitivity are required when mounting exhibits. Small and large works of art unfold their full radiance in a room when the technology is not visible and all fastening elements can be completely concealed behind the picture frame.
The hanging determines the effect of pictures
Every mounting of pictures is an aesthetic design act that not only enhances a room, but also requires great sensitivity. Basically, the surroundings must be taken into account when choosing the right place. A painting should not be placed in a dark corner or above a radiator. Direct sunlight can fade valuable artwork and photo and cause them significant damage. In addition to the proportions of the room, consider the proportions of furniture and pictures. Above a sideboard or sofa, for example, fits very well a large single picture, or a composition of several small pictures.
Great attention should also be paid to the choice of pictures in a room, because a graphic does not fit between paintings. Black and white photos should be hung separately from colour photos if possible. Motif style, colour scheme, artistic technique, material as well as frame type and format form criteria for the arrangement of pictures.
Hanging at eye level
Whether large or small, rectangular or square - the right height for a picture is quickly defined. Apart from design aspects, a picture should always be hung at the viewer's eye level, i.e. the centre or upper third of the picture should be at a height of 1.55 metres. Furthermore, a work of art needs enough space to unfold its radiance. A distance of at least 20 to 30 cm from the edge of the sofa or sideboard to the lower edge of the frame should be maintained if possible. The principle of hanging in a room should be uniformly done either as a free composition, block hanging, on top edge, on middle axis or on bottom edge.
Classic hanging with nails and screws
The cheapest way of fixing a picture is simply to hammer a nail into the wall at the desired position at a slight upward angle. When defining the height, make sure that the hanging device on the back of the picture is slightly lower than the upper edge of the picture. For small and light pictures a one-point suspension is sufficient. The advantage is that the picture frame always hangs straight or can be easily balanced. For larger or heavy picture frames, a two-point suspension using nails or, even more stable, dowels and screws is safer. The difficulty, however, is to fasten the screws or nails at exactly the same height.
XXL formats: Hanging with heavy-duty hooks
Special motifs often require an unusual format. Important artists, architects, designers, exhibition organizers and also shop fitters have a high quality awareness and know about the special aesthetics of pictures in XXL format. A 200 x 300 cm picture with a 6 mm Optium acrylic glass can quickly weigh about 70 kg. Therefore, the larger the picture, the more important it is to consider the load-bearing capacity of the hanging systems and walls. Most of the time the wall condition prohibits the mounting with only two screws. HALBE -frames recommends in principle for the suspension of pictures in XXL format to use specially developed heavy-duty hooks, which are fixed with several screws per angle. A line laser should generally be used to mark the perfect height and the hanging should be carried out by several people due to the size and weight.
Flexible hanging with gallery rail
The use of gallery rails - also called picture rails - is particularly popular in practices, offices, public buildings, schools and modern loft apartments. They offer the advantage of being able to change the picture arrangement at any time without great effort and unsightly holes in the wall, as the pictures are hung on perlon or steel cables as desired. Wall or ceiling mounting is possible. "For safety reasons, we recommend mounting a gallery rail on the wall and fastening it with wall clamps screwed into the wall at even intervals of 30 - 35 cm," emphasizes David Halbe, managing director of HALBE-Rahmen GmbH. "In our range we carry gallery rails in matt silver and matt white finishes. Silver-colored gallery rails look noble on walls with exposed concrete. White rails are particularly suitable for white walls, as they are less noticeable and bring the frame and the picture into focus."
Practical accessories are the key to gallery rails
Perlon ropes can be used to hang lighter objects. However, it should be noted that they need to be readjusted regularly, as they stretch with higher weight loads. "We generally recommend using steel cables, which have a high load-bearing capacity and give the suspension a professional appearance. A fixed hanger should be used between the frame and the suspension cable. Compared to conventional hooks, it not only allows the picture frames to be hung quickly and easily, but also offers infinite adjustment in any position thanks to the self-locking mechanism of the fixed hanger," says David Halbe.
On the homepage www.HALBE-rahmen.de you will find in the WISSENSBEREICH many practical tips and suggestions on the topics of "framing and hanging pictures".
Every mounting of pictures is an aesthetic act of design, which not only enhances a room. Basically, the surroundings must be taken into account when choosing the right place.
In addition to design aspects, a picture should always be hung at the viewer's eye level, i.e. the centre or top third of the picture is at a height of 1.55 metres.
The use of gallery rails - also called picture rails - is very popular. They offer the advantage of changing the picture arrangement at any time without much effort and unsightly holes in the wall.
HALBE-frames generally recommends the use of steel cables, which have a high load-bearing capacity and give the picture rail suspension a professional appearance.
"The larger a picture is, the more attention must be paid to the load-bearing capacity of the hanging systems and wall texture, because a 200 x 300 cm picture with a 6 mm Optium acrylic glass weighs about 70 kg," points out David Halbe.
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