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What To Ask Yourself Before Buying Your Museum's Hanging System

   Museums have a lot of things to hang on the walls so their hanging system is an important investment. What you buy for your museum can make your life easier and your museum more efficient. So, before you invest, you should be clear on what you want and need from the 3 components that make up a system. 


   The first question to ask is from where you want to hang the art. Most rails are mounted on the wall, but there are rails that you mount on the ceiling. The ceiling option lets you hang pictures in the middle of the room without installing walls in what should be an open space. However, it might not be feasible to use if you have a really high ceiling. The wall-mounted rails let you switch paintings or photographs out along the wall quickly. 

    The next question is how strong the rails need to be. Most can take far more than 100 lbs, but some picture frames can get heavy. You might also want to consider how versatile the rails are. Some pictures are best shown using a tension display system instead of a simple hanging one, and there are rails that can be used in both systems.


    There are 2 options when it comes to cables: nylon and stainless steel. Stainless steel is strong and modern looking, perfect for holding up your heavier works and the most post-modern looking stuff. Nylon, on the other hand, is more discrete, blending into the wall and creating a more ethereal feeling to your museum exhibits.


     The most important consideration with hooks is whether they are compatible with the type of cable and rail that you are using. Is it a J-hook? It needs a lip to hang off of. A cylinder hook needs a hole to fit in.

    Keeping these considerations in mind while shopping for your hanging system will help you find one that makes putting up exhibits a breeze. If your museum is looking for a new hanging system, contact us. We have a wide array for you to choose from and you're sure to find something that fits your museum's art hanging needs.