Hanging pictures is a great way to add that unique touch to your home or office. It makes it more welcoming and may even impress your visitors. But there are cases when in addition to pursuing aesthetic goals you face some practical challenges. The traditional hanging method (picture against the wall) might not be the optimal solution. You may not even be able to use a wall. If using the walls aren’t the right way to go, which other option remains?
Your ceiling! Are you wondering how to hang pictures from the ceiling? Read on! At Hang Logic, we have had several ‘unconventional’ enquiries over the last few years, a few of which are so unique that we decided to describe them here in this article.
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How do you hang pictures from the ceiling: use our Artiteq Top Rail picture hanging system
Artiteq’s Top Rail hanging system is an incredibly flexible solution that is surprisingly easy to use and install. The final result is fantastic; it provides an almost invisible hanging system. All it takes is the rail itself, which can be ordered in different finishes or even painted, the appropriate fastener kit, and of course the hanging wires and hooks that suit your needs.
Et voila! You have undamaged, clean walls and can quickly and easily hang paintings, posters, photographs, or wall sculptures by clicking in the Twister hanging cords wherever you like.
This is what the Top Rail looks like:
How to install and use the Artiteq Top Rail
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Last year we got an enquiry from Hassell https://www.hassellstudio.com/#0, an international architecture firm. They asked, “Could you install a picture hanging rail on our window architrave so that we can hang prints of our projects from it?” Pedestrians passing by their window could then admire their projects – great advertising.
We used Artiteq’s Top Rail, a rail you can attach to a concrete ceiling, a wooden side strip of a recessed ceiling, the top of the interior casing of a cupboard, or in Hassell’s case, to the window architrave.
They wanted one of their pictures to hang a short distance away from the wall so it would cast interesting shadows. We installed an Artiteq top rail to the underside of their curtain box (aka pelmet, box valance, or cornice valance) inserted 2mm stainless steel twisters into it ( the picture was heavy) and slid the 2mm micro grip lock hook on to the hanger. Then we slid two micro grip lock hooks into D rings that we had screwed onto the framed photo. We used the micro grip lock hooks rather than the standard micro grip hooks because this picture was exhibited in a public space and needed to be securely fastened for safety and security reasons.
How to hang a picture from a curtain box using the Artiteq Top Rail
How to hang many pictures from a ceiling using the Artiteq Top Rail track
Another request we received for a top rail:
“We want 10 x 6metres (approx.) rails to be fixed to a concrete ceiling in our community facility. I have attached a very simple floor plan (ground floor) with the area marked out for the ceiling fixed rails.”
We knew this would be a tough job. Drilling into 60 linear meters of concrete ceiling requires close to superhuman strength and stamina. After completing that job, you are eligible to join the superheros league.
How do you hang a picture from a timber beam?
Stone walls, tiles, or even concrete are all stylish materials that can give your space an unusual look and make it very distinctive and personal. However, it might be another story when you want to hang pictures on such walls. These materials certainly do not allow for an ‘easy drill’.
Well, sometimes the easy way is just above your head. Literally. In this case, the owner didn’t feel brave enough to try a drill into this magnificent stone wall (rightfully). Firstly, he didn’t want to wreck it with horrid holes, and secondly it can be quite tough to do.
However, a nice timber beam was available and perfectly suited the job.
The Artiteq Top Rail, used to hang pictures, attached to a wooden beam
Now you might be wondering: how many pictures can hang from the tracking? The weight limit is 20kg per linear meter of rail. A 1-meter wide picture is rarely heavier than 5kg so unless you have heavy frames with glass or heavy mirrors you should be fine.
Their team contacted us wondering which technical solution would best allow them to hang a wire-frame artwork, without directly attaching it to the wall. The wall was covered in marble tiles, which could break if drilled. Once again, the Artiteq Top rail picture hanging track allowed them to overcome the issue, as shown in the picture. Because the artwork was light they chose the most invisible transparent hanger which is the 1 mm Perlon twister hanging wire. The best solution then was to crimp the hanger on to the artwork.
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Another client emailed us photos of an install he did with the following comment:
“As you can see from the pics I am using the top rail as I don’t want to drill into the tiles for fear of cracking the tile.
Given there is no cornice where the plaster meets the wall to ceiling there is a steel right angle strip behind the plaster for the plug and screw to bite into.
Once the rail is painted it will blend right in.
I think this is pretty standard practice for plasterwork in today’s apartments.”
Hanging pictures from the ceiling to avoid drilling into tiled wall using the Artiteq top rail tracking
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A client wanted to display musical instruments in his windows and throughout key areas of his store. He had used up all floor display areas and was looking for a solution to display the instruments at any level (low, mid, and high). The instrument hanging system needed to be extremely versatile.