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Inside Picture Framing #6: Hanging

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Blog entry by kewald posted 1960 days ago 640 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Spacing around frame components Part 6 of Inside Picture Framing series Part 7: Matting Design »

For best viewing, the center of the framed image should be approximately 63” above the floor.

Any picture frame larger than 8” X 10” should be hung using two hooks. This reduces the torque on the frame and also prevents movement of the picture on the wall. If the wire on the frame is too tight to use two hooks then the frame should be re-wired.

When wiring a frame, the wire should be long enough so that the angle between the wire attaching point and the nearest hooking position is approximately 60° above horizontal. The wire should be short enough so that the hooks do not show above the top of the frame when hung. The attachment point should be about 1/3 of the distance down from the top. The wire should be attached to a good quality D-ring, not to an eye screw. The slight amount of torsion on the eye screw will, over time, cause the screw to become loose and pull out.

-- Always do the Right Thing the Right Way the First Time - if you can figure out what that is! Ken, Spring Branch, TX



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Chris Cunanan

339 posts in 1979 days


#1 posted 1960 days ago

thanks for the information, I kind of just winged it when I made my mom a 4’x5’ frame with acrylic, but after reading ur posts I’m glad I kind of did all the things close by common sense. I probably will go back and add more spacing between the acrylic and the picture, so thanks again!

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kewald

127 posts in 2080 days


#2 posted 1959 days ago

What thickness acrylic did you use? For such a large frame, I’d probably go with at least 3/16” and make the rabbet lips at least 3/8” wide to provide more support. Acrylic is very flexible, so it needs more edge support than glass to keep it from falling out of the frame. Check out http://www.cyro.com/methacrylates/us/products/sheet_products/applicationsmarkets/pictureframing/ their product tech support department can provide more details about the expansion characteristics.

-- Always do the Right Thing the Right Way the First Time - if you can figure out what that is! Ken, Spring Branch, TX

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Chris Cunanan

339 posts in 1979 days


#3 posted 1944 days ago

hey ken, thanks for the link to the info! I’m definitely realizing i didn’t do things correctly and, as a result, like you said the frame is sagging…I think i’m just gonna redo the frame entirely in the future since i got all this solid wood flooring for free

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