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After a few years of using Pro Panels, I recently bought an entirely new set up...Trimline tent, mesh walls and wall covers.
I used the mesh walls for the first time this past weekend. I wasn't very happy with the way my art hung on the walls. Since I only use 2" deep panels, they were falling forward instead of "standing up straight" against the mesh. This kind of thing never occurred to me when I bought the set up.
We tried using two hooks and spreading the picture cord as far apart as we could when hanging, but still the bottoms of the paintings push into the mesh, and the tops look down toward the ground.
I'm guessing it isn't as noticeable when you use a 3/4" deep canvas, and perhaps is an issue only with the deeper panels.
Has anyone come up with a way to keep this from happening?
Hi there, not sure this would help, but I've had a similar problem on hooks on pro panels as well. this article at least helps on the hardware end to reduce the lean out. hope it helps! as for the mesh side, I'd love to use them instead of pro panels but I'm not sure of a way to make them more supportive, and to keep them from blowing in the wind!
Thanks Ryan - that info was helpful. At least it let me know that what I’ve tried is about all I can do.
To be precise, I already use bumpers, but they don’t make any difference on the mesh. What I started doing was hanging the wire higher on the backs and, more importantly, using two hooks, spread quite wide, on the mesh. That helps make the wire even tighter and pulls the tops back.
I also realized that as I add panels below, the weight pulls the mesh more taut, which also helps the tops to pull back some (better on the ones at the top of the walls, at least). But it isn’t as nice as I would like. I’ve considered stringing a bungee cord tightly behind the mesh, near the bottom of the pieces, but that only works if you have wall covers (so you don’t see the bungees) and if your pieces on that section of wall are all the same size. So, I guess it’s just something you have to deal with when using mesh walls and 2” deep panels. Just wish I’d known it before I switched from ProPanels to mesh walls so I wasn’t surprised by it.
And just FYI, I didn’t notice that issue as much with my ProPanels - probably because of the bumpers on each piece. And I haven’t had much of a problem with the art swaying in the wind - except for when I use my pop-up tent with the mesh instead of my Trimline tent. I guess the 2” deep wood panels are heavy enough to combat that. If it’s too windy, I drop the tent sides. Easy fix.