A guide to frame hanging fixtures
The final stage in the journey of a framed artwork is installation, where the piece will be hung in the desired location to be enjoyed by viewers. It is important to ensure that the most appropriate hanging mechanisms are used to secure your artwork in place, as incorrect installation can result in frames coming off the wall and irreparable damage. This guide explains the different hanging fixings used by specialist John Jones technicians.
Our standard recommended hanging fixtures are straphangers, and unless discussed otherwise with your consultant these will arrive pre-attached to your frame design. Straphangers are metal hanging fixings secured to either side of your frame. They allow the frame to hang parallel to the wall and distribute the weight of the work most evenly across the frame. Straphangers can be used with screws and wall plugs or with picture hooks.
Split battens are used to install large or heavy artworks that require extra support. A bespoke length of wood is screwed level into the wall. The lip of this batten then fits snuggly inside the sub-frame of your frame to marry the two together, providing a secure hanging system. Split battens can only be used on walls that have a consistently flat surface.
Security fittings make removing a work from the wall more difficult and are used for frames that are to be installed in a location where there is a perceived risk of theft. A disadvantage of security fittings is that they prevent the work from sitting completely flush to the wall.
Hooks and wire are only fitted onto smaller works as they cannot bear the same load as other hanging methods. John Jones only attaches this kind of fixture by request as it will cause the frame to pull away from the wall and lean forward.
For more information on selecting the best wall space for your fine art, please read our guide ‘How To Hang and Install Fine Art’.