How to Make Your Own Museum Hanging System


Museums have a system for hanging historic photos and presenting artifacts for exhibits. You too can hang your family photos and artwork like a pro with a museum hanging system of your own. The materials museums use are common art and craft supplies, and you can supply your own photographs and artwork. With a little planning and time, you can decorate the walls of your home with your own museum hanging system.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Satin anodized tracks, measuring 2 meters each
  • Philips- and flat-head screwdrivers
  • Picture hangers with stainless steel cable
  • Picture hooks
  • Cable light kit
  • 2 silver track-end caps
  • Wireless drill or screwdriver
  • Framed photographs or artwork
  • Take measurements of the wall where you plan to hang the museum hanging style system. Ensure that you have at least 1 inch on each side of the area where you want to hang your art to allow you room to slide the photographs and artwork onto the wire system.

  • Mount the top track of the system to the ceiling. The track has predrilled holes that you can place screws into and screw to the ceiling to hold the track in place.

  • Install the track lighting system. Attach the lighting track to the wall with the hooks that come with the system. You should install one at each end of the track system where you will hang the photographs or artwork, at a minimum of 18 inches from where the artwork hanging system will be to minimize the glare on the frames.

  • Attach the wire to the hooks. Wrap the wire that comes with the light system around the hook at each end. Keep the wire taut and straight as you string it to the other hook. This is the wire that you will clip the lights, so it needs to be as tight and straight as possible.

  • Clip the lights to the wire. You can space the lights out equidistant or position the lighting so that it highlights the artwork that will hang below it. Since the lights clip on to the wire, you can readjust the lighting after you finish hanging the rest of the system.

  • Slide the artwork hanging wires into the bottom of the track that you screwed into the ceiling.

  • Attach the picture hanging hooks to the wire. Space the hooks as needed to accommodate your photographs or artwork that you will be displaying in your museum hanging system.

  • Wrap the access wire around the hooks behind the framed artwork or photographs.

  • Hang the artwork or photograph frames on to the hooks.

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