Tired of sticking holes in your walls or struggling with the sticky residue from adhesives and tapes just to hang pictures or posters? You can still hang them without turning your walls into Swiss cheese. A curtain track installed along the top of your wall provides a convenient, unobtrusive way to hang all your pictures, like in the image below.
LET’S PLAY A GAME
Okay, look in the picture above and try to spot the curtain track. Can’t find it? Don’t worry. It looks like a strip of molding along the seam between the wall and ceiling. If you weren’t specifically looking for it, you would probably not notice it. By fooling you into thinking the track is molding, no one will have to know your secret.
THE CHAIN GANG
So how do you suspend your pictures from the track once it is up and in place? One option is using beaded chains with adapters to hold a hook at the end. You can get the 7185 hook and chain set. You can get these in three different lengths up to 28.5 inches. These have a tensile strength of up to 30 pounds. Other options include using high strength fishing line, which can be almost transparent, or picture wire.
If you have multiple pictures that you want to hang at more than three levels, opt for 7181 beaded chain by the yard. Then all you have to do to make the hanging chains for your pictures is to cut the beaded chain, add a 7183 eyelet connector to both ends and hang a hook on it. The top of the chain will also need a curtain glider that has a hook on it. Examples of these include: 7122 button carrier with hook, 88100 privacy cubicle two-wheel carrier with hook and the 88106 privacy friction carrier with hook.
Once your track is up and your carriers, hooks and chains are installed on it, you can hang your pictures. Use the hook at the bottom of each chain as you would a nail for holding up the picture. If you have an extra wide picture, use two hooks set about 6 to 12 inches apart.
WEIGHT A MINUTE
You must consider the weight of each picture and frame when selecting hardware. Keep in mind that this hardware is designed to support curtains that are attached at multiple points, thus distributing the weight evenly. In the described application, the weight is concentrated on a smaller number of contact points. When in doubt, error on the side of caution by ordering heavier duty tracks and hardware and/or adding additional supports for the suspended object.
Do you need further advice about hanging pictures with curtain tracks and hooks? We can help you with any questions you might have. Feel free to contact us with any comments, questions or suggestions you might have. We can help you with your questions or concerns, and we can also assist you with making the best choices for your curtain track projects.