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I am purchasing used ProPanels and I need to now the best way to hang artwork on them. I know a lot of people use the drapery hooks, and that is an option. However I know it makes the carpet pucker. I also know that you can buy hanging equipment, but it can be very expensive. I am looking for creative and cost effective ways. I will not be hanging work with glass in them, and most of my work is not very heavy. Any suggestions are welcome.
drapery hooks also breaks down the styrofoam. I prefer to use Pro panels hanging system that goes over the top of the panels. And when I rent my panels I provide the hangers and I tell the artist not to use drapery hooks.
I use hanger kits with extensions:
They're a little expensive but will outlast the panels.
Always use at least two, three if the work is heavy. After a few years the hook gets weak and can give way. A lot easier on the fingers than the drapery hooks and easier to move when you need to move something an inch up or over to line things up. I also use the propanels hanging system but only for the top row. The extensions tend to float out from the wall too much.
I just bought a full set of ProPanel (38 1/2"SpaceSavers) and decided not to buy the hangers. If I got 2 cable hangers per panel it would have cost $252.00. With 3 hangers per cable that adds $378.00 for a total of $630.00 to hang 54 paintings.
Instead I bought 18 - 5 ft. chains (powdercoated black) for $45.36. Called "Blackjack Chains" at Home Depot. Cut the hanger off of a metal coat hanger and bend a hook on the bottom. Hang chain on hook. Large paper clips can be twisted 90 degrees and hung on chain wherever you want. Total cost less than $50.00 and looks better than the cable hangers. I used the large paper clips, but regular size will hold lighter framed paintings approx. 11" x 14". Works with wire or sawtooth type hangers on the frames.
I use Prohangers. Have used them for years and never had any problems. Just use 2 or 3 for heavier pieces.
They are inexpensive, EASY, and I can carry them around in a zippered pencil case.
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P.S. On really windy days (like you get at MainStreet) I buy some velcro with the adhesive on the back side. I attach a small piece to each bottom corner of the piece and it keeps the piece from blowing up.