What is art to you? For some people it’s an original masterpiece by a well-known painter; for others, it’s a piece of sculpture or a black and white photograph. Yet it goes far beyond that even; to proud parents, art is whatever their child drew at school that day. Or it could be a family photograph or a framed memento from a special occasion.
Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so is art. It takes many forms and often the true worth is not in the monetary value but in the emotional connection.
Hanging Artwork at Home
We’ve been hanging things on our walls for thousands of years. Even before that, before art hanging systems existed, we drew on cave walls to tell stories and illustrate our way of life. With the opening of huge museums and galleries, more and more people had access to art and its popularity grew. And that inspired us to start hanging artwork in our homes and offices.
Most old buildings were designed with traditional picture rails, specifically created to hold paintings of all sizes, tapestries, even huge gilded mirrors. Then disaster struck! Although they are now making a bit of a comeback, picture rails went out of fashion. That’s when hardware stores got in on the act, selling picture hanging kits which consisted of hooks, nails and wire.
Picture Hanging Systems
In theory, picture hanging systems like this were a great idea. They were affordable, accessible and supposedly easy to use. All you had to do was hammer in nails to hold the hooks and away you went.
This turned out to be easier said than done. Artwork needs to be hung correctly and safely. Frames need to line up and you want to be sure they won’t fall off the wall. Great in theory but, in fact, this can mean endless frustration, damaged walls and sore thumbs!
For a long time, there was no real alternative for domestic use. Galleries and museums used professional art hanging systems and the effect was impressive. That’s when a few bright sparks decided a domestic version of this design was needed.
Add Value to Your Home
Professional picture hanging systems offer many advantages and, in the long-term, turn out to be a more viable solution. Once in place, there is no need to change the system or make additional holes in your walls.
Picture hanging systems comprise lengths of track, picture hangers and adjustable picture hooks. Once the track is screwed into place – and that’s just one set of holes – you simply add the hangers and slide on the hooks. Then it’s just a matter of sliding the hangers from side to side, and the hooks up and down, to perfectly accommodate your artwork.
Using proper art hanging systems adds value and good looks to your home. Whatever your choice of artwork, from family portraits to framed memorabilia, you can rest assured that they will stay in place and look great. And when it’s time for a chance, you simply adjust the hangers and hooks to suit. It couldn’t be easier.