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  • Why Should You Invest in a Quality Hanging System

    A nice picture or piece of art can be a great addition to any home, office, or other property. When you are looking to invest in a nice piece of art, making sure that it is properly displayed and hung is very important. To ensure that your art it displayed as nicely as possible and is securely fastened, using the products designed to help hang a picture would be very advantageous. Using specialized hanging systems can provide you with many different benefits.


    Convenient Hanging Options

    When you are looking to purchase a new piece of art, the way that you will want it to be hung can vary significantly based on the type of art and room where you want it located. Fortunately, there are great hanging options that can help you to safely hang your picture in any environment. These can include quality wall-mounted cases and hanging kits, rail hanging systems, and even track and rod systems.


    Ease of Installation

    Another advantage of using art-designed hanging systems is that they are very easy to install. Many of the hanging systems can be quickly installed in a manner of minutes. This can make it very easy for any art lover to get their beloved piece on their wall quickly without using more challenging hanging systems.



    Most importantly, the hanging systems are very reliable. Once you have the hanging system properly installed, you can continue to be assured that it will be able to support the weight and design of the pictures. This can help to prevent a picture from falling off of the wall, which can be a big safety hazard and also cause priceless damage to the art.


    If you are looking to display a new piece of art in your home, you should contact us to learn more about the hanging and display products that we can provide to you.

  • Adjustable Art Systems and the Right Presentation

    Many artists will be very interested in how their work is displayed. While artists will have a lot of reasons for feeling this way, it's partly due to the fact that they're aware that the appearance of a piece can change slightly based on how it is presented.

    Artists usually have an idea of how they want their art to be shown. Gallery owners and curators can sometimes be in complete control over the presentation of art, but they will usually still want control over the lighting conditions involved. 

    People know that artists need to have good lighting when they're actually putting a painting together or taking a photograph. However, finished paintings and photographs will sometimes look a little different when they're presented in a certain way and with a particular set of lighting conditions.

    It's true that different lighting conditions will usually only change the look of finished art pieces in a subtle way. However, these small factors really can still make a difference. Many people still want to see classic paintings in person despite living in an age where it's possible to see them all online.

    They know that the photographs of the paintings that they're seeing on their computer screens are not perfectly accurate representations of what those paintings actually look like in person. Many people are willing to travel in order to see those paintings in a museum or gallery, knowing that those paintings will feel and look different in that context. It's clear that the presentation of a painting or other work of art can strongly alter its appearance, which is one of the reasons why adjustable art systems are so important. 

    When galleries, museums, and other spaces use adjustable art systems, it should be that much easier to create the ideal lighting conditions for presenting a particular work of art or collection. Systematic Art may be able to help. 

    Contact us in order to get any questions answered. 

  • How to Install Two of the Most Frustrating Art Display Configurations

    As fun as it is to plan and design an art display, it can sometimes be a real pain to transform ideas into reality. Some designs look better on paper, sometimes you find out you don't like the way it looks a little too late, or you might step back after meticulously measuring everything and realize something went crooked along the way. Here are some common problems and how to solve them:

    1. Creating grids:

    Tight-knit grids show every potential flaw, and grids with more pictures (like three by three grids and three by four displays) have some pictures with three hundred sixty degrees of potential crookedness. Frames that touch or aren't perfectly symmetrical can range from highly visible to a problem you just notice one day and can't forget. Install a hardware system that lets you ratchet a grid according to your pictures' dimensions but doesn't allow for in-between crookedness.

    2. Making asymmetrical displays:

    It doesn't have to be symmetrical to look good. Having clusters of smaller pictures around a larger photograph can be a great way to complete the look of a room, especially if the wall is already partially devoted to a television or you have a completely blank section of wall next to the sofa. But asymmetrical displays are subject to a lot of change: the color balance for one selection of photos might be perfect, but once you start switching out photos for newer snapshots, it can look a bit off. Find hardware that creates a base of adjustable supports and hooks. With the right hardware, you can adjust, mix and match, and completely alter the display without making new holes in your wall or having to do a lot of measuring. It leaves all of the fun parts of redoing art displays and takes away the frustration.

    Go to Systematic Art to find art display systems, like tension cables and ceiling mounts, that give you the right foundation for your display.

  • What If You Just Want One Perfectly Straight, Evenly Spaced Column?

    When you're creating a minimalist display, every detail matters. There's no covering up mistakes or adding extra touches for a homey, cluttered look. There are two potential solutions and, like with every project when something might go wrong, using both gets you the best results.

    Create a pattern and tape it to your wall.

    This is an art display version of measuring twice and cutting (or poking holes) once. Cut out newspaper shapes with the same dimensions as your picture frames and rearrange them on the wall until you're satisfied. The important part of this technique is that you have to measure the picture frames. Don't measure just your pictures or use the dimensions printed on the frames wrapping. Measure it yourself so you can plan the gaps and columns precisely. Not only does that prevent mistakes when you're installing the final version, you can really examine the display before it's permanent and decide if you like it.

    Use hanging cables instead of separate frames.

    Picture frames are notoriously bad at hiding imperfections. If it's the slightest bit ajar, that angle will always catch your eye. If one frame sticks slightly to the left of the others, you'll always notice it. Both wide and narrow frames will let you know if something's not aligned. And frames that use two supports instead of a central hook and wire band (which are a type of frame that always seem to tilt) are hard to readjust.

    So get a cable system instead. Not only do vertical cables provide a straight guide so the artwork is always hanging straight relative to each other, it's easy to correct and straighten permanently during installation. Because the cable system stays in place you also don't have to worry about patching holes and making new ones each time you want to hang new and differently sized pictures.

    If you want to just install a straight column once and hang different displays for years, go to Systematic Art to get started.

  • Make Your Restaurant or Coffee Shop a Community Hangout

    Maybe it's a bit of a cliche, but hanging local artwork in your coffee shop is good for business. Not only does it bring in the business of the artists themselves, it's a queue for the community. Here's how to get the most good out of hanging local art and displays.

    Make sure you have room for everyone's displays.

    Don't just restrict your displays to the traditional artwork of people looking to get acclaim on a wider stage. Create a large area where you can display local paintings, the winning work from high school contests, promotions about local productions and shows, and more. Highlighting everyone's accomplishments means you're not cutting out any part of the market. You're also inviting new customers, such as proud parents who wouldn't have otherwise stopped by but now might go out of their way. In order to make sure nothing gets covered or, even worse, damaged, start off with adjustable display hardware so you can organize the pieces and add on additional columns as needed.

    Don't stress out your walls.

    Using picture frames for everything, or even just the professional art, will get heavy pretty quickly. That can start to step on your landlord's toes, who might have rules about heavy displays and wall damage. The same is just as true for pushpins and binder clips, which can also damage the artwork. Instead of having a mish-mash of supports, frames, and pins, use cable systems. They are balanced to provide support without overstressing areas on your wall and ceiling. They can also help you stay within rental rules and fire safety regulations.

    You can still stick to a central decor theme.

    Every coffee shop has their own color scheme and style. Whether it's a corporate demand on a franchise location, your favorite colors for a self-owned business, or just what happened as you picked up discount furniture and decorations, you have your own style. Cable displays fade into the background and make only as strong of a statement as you want. They also introduce a bit more order to your community wall with their adjustable grid formation.

    Go to Systematic Art to pick the style that works best for you, and get started growing your customer base.

  • Use Photo Display Systems as Quick Fixes for Ugly Flips

    Flipping homes means tangling with a lot of tricky problems. Whether you look for the easier homes that need a cosmetic work and upgrades or you rake in the profits with the foundationally unsteady homes that no one else has the experience to touch, sometimes the houses are just ugly. Here's how pre-installing photo displays can change that.

    Draw positive attention to asymmetrical walls.

    Some house designs have aged out. Whether your new property has a bunch of smaller rooms or a few half-walls in the high-ceiling living room, the walls just don't look like how people expect them to. Sometimes, you can't make them match their fellow walls through good paint jobs alone, but moving the wall isn't in the budget. Instead of accepting a lower selling price, turn it into a highlighted feature. You can install the foundation of a cable art system so that prospective buyers can imagine their own customized take, or you can place the picture frames in a design that fits the wall to its advantage.

    Make a reason for inconsistent textures.

    Paint texturing used to be far more popular than it is now. That doesn't just include popcorn ceilings or a bit of texture to mitigate crooked drywall. It also includes half-inch thick globs of pointy texture that needs a sander and a lot of patience to get rid of. But a lot of rooms with textured paint from thirty to forty years ago have a flat accent wall, which means you either have to get rid of all the texture, add texture to the flat wall, or get creative. Make the flat wall look purposeful with photo displays and hanging hardware. Not only does it block the worst of the contrast, it makes the flat wall make sense: you can't hang photos (or a television) in front of thickly textured paint.

    Go to Systematic Art to get the hardware you need across all of your properties for consistent quality and easy installation.

  • Top Two Tips to Keep in Mind When Planning an Art Display

    If you're planning your display instead of designing it on the fly, you're already off to a great start. Organizing your display as you go will just lead to extra work, extra holes in your wall, or a finished display you don't like as much as you thought you would. Here are a few tips so you only need to plan once:

    1. Keep the frame in mind.

    If you have a bunch of eight by tens but you're using different frames that you've picked up over the years, then your job won't be as easy as creating a simple grid. Measure the whole dimensions of the framed, final product and use that for your planning. Sometimes a frame decides where the central focus is, and they can make your final display look lopsided if all of the heavy or ornate frames are off to one side. Remember: the margins of empty wall space between frames should always be the same, not the distance between pictures.

    2. Overestimate the weight.

    Just like it can be easy to overlook the frames when you're planning, it can be easy to overlook the total weight of each piece of art. You need to calculate the artwork, the frame, the hanging assembly, and the potential drag of someone touching it when comparing it to a hook's maximum recommended weight. It's also good practice to hang everything on two points of support (even if it means a lot of leveling), each of which could support the art single-handedly. Not only does this protect the art, it protects your walls.

    If you want to simplify the whole process, go to Systematic Art for adjustable hanging hardware, secure supports, and more advice.

  • How to Make Displays Draw in New Crowds with the Same Artifacts

    Sometimes it can feel like people like the idea of museums more than they like museums. Funding is increasingly shortened, especially if your museum is publicly funded, but it's still important to keep interest high and each trip as exciting as possible. If you need to have new exhibits but don't have access to new artifacts, change your displays:

    1. Plan a new central focus.

    How artifacts are displays can completely alter viewers' experiences. Some displays are chronological, some are thematic, and even others revolve around geographic locations. Whether you have an entire room to work in or you're changing up a display wall, create different displays that ask or answer different questions. You can reuse pieces in a different way to resonate with even return visitors, and it's a lot easier if you have adjustable hardware in the background.

    2. Have a good track record to encourage trust.

    If the public funding isn't there, sometimes you can ask for local or temporary displays. But many people are leery of letting museums have their priceless artifacts even with the promise of a glass wall between it and curious hands. Use sturdy hanging hardware and rail systems so you can minimize records of breakage and damage. A clean record of careful handling can encourage people to give your museum access to novel goods outside of usual channels. It also can lower your insurance premiums so you have more money available.

    For the hardware to get it done quickly and safely, go to Systematic Art here.

  • What Are Must-Have Tools to Have on Hand for Making Displays?

    Making a gallery display and hanging art in your home can be very different enterprises, but they share a lot of challenges. Before you get started (and no matter where you are), make sure you have these essential tools.

    1. Museum putty

    A good hanging system fully supports your artwork. But if it's suspended or held by one central point, unwanted fingers can push or prod it slightly out of position. Museum putty can hold the frame tightly against the wall without leaving behind a stain or residue. It's also a useful barrier between the wall and a frame's sharp corners, just in case.

    2. A block of wood.

    Whether you're switching out old hardware for a better system or you're sticking with nails and screws, have a block of wood ready. It can help you get the leverage you need to remove thin, stuck nails without damaging the walls.

    3. A level.

    Adjustable hanging systems don't really need levels. They're built to be adjustable but still make it easy to click the hooks or corners into position. But sometimes you need independent verification to set your mind at ease.

    4. Extra hardware.

    This is especially useful if you work for a series of galleries. Switching all of your systems to one type means you only have to pull from one type of inventory to get the tools you need, and you don't have to keep track of multiple incompatible systems. So always have a few extra hooks, rail additions, and supports with you so you can change out pieces, rearrange your display, or expand it with a last-minute addition. Keep yourself supplied by going to Systematic Art.

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