January 22, 2017

It's been just over ten years now since I started actively operating Picture Hanging Solutions.  The anniversary passed un-celebrated and un-noticed at the time.  It was only a few days ago the realisation dawned and my first reaction was quite a normal one; my how time flies.

But then, as I began to think about it, I came to the conclusion that however belated it might be, there was much to be acknowledged and much for me to be very grateful for as we have come a very long way.

This picture hanging business we work in is, and probably will forever be a rather niche profession.  It is so niche in fact we don't even have own our own business category.  For example in the old Yellow Pages book, and the Sensis on-line that replaced it, we always get lumped in with picture framers (quite a different profession) and in any government questionnaire or employment category we always end up in the 'Other Professions' section.

I must confess that when I first thought about starting...

May 1, 2013

I often get phone calls from potential clients asking if I would be able to install a hanging system in their home.My typical answer is “yes I can”, but I always add a further question, “but are you sure that type of product is what you need?”

Gallery-style hanging or tracking systems were originally designed specifically for art galleries so that art could be changed over on a very regular basis without the need to constantly be drilling or hammering new hooks into the walls. There are several manufacturers and designs but they all follow more or less the same basic principles.

For those unfamiliar with the product, these systems consist of a single two or three metre rail mounted horizontally high on a wall (usually just below the cornice or ceiling-joint). These rails (or tracks as they are usually called) can be joined together and cut to length and then screwed into place to cover the full width of any conventional plaster or solid brick wall. The tracks have a grooved slot on t...

May 10, 2012

Is hanging pictures a trade (as in a carpenter, plumber or handyman)?  Well yes, but only in part.  You might say that professionally hanging pictures is 40% a trade and 60% an art.

I concede that there is nothing particularly complicated about hanging a picture on a wall; hook gets nailed in and you hang the picture, right?  But beyond this basic action there are many variables.  Is the picture hung at the right height (too high or too low), what is the aspect of the image, horizontal or vertical and does that aspect work on the wall where it is to be hung?  Is the picture too big, or indeed big enough, for the chosen wall?  Is it a print or painting under glass and will that glass be too reflective if it is situated directly across from a window?   What if there are other pictures to be hung nearby; will they look good together or will some element (style, framing type, colours, aspect etc.) clash?  What about the furniture below or adjacent to the pictures to be hung?  Will th...

March 15, 2010

My New Year’s Resolution this year was to update my Blog at least once a month, so here we are on the 13th of March with this year’s first update which underlines just how silly it is to make NYE resolutions you’re not going to keep.

Putting that moment of self-flagellation clearly behind me, I thought it might be interesting to talk about the pictures that people put on their walls. Not so much this time about particular jobs I have done, but more about the story of why people buy, collect and hang the pictures they do.

Across the years of my work I have hung literally thousands of images for clients including paintings, prints, photography, memorabilia, rugs and tapestries, awards and certificates, mirrors, wall-sculpture, various collectables such as number plates, swords and woodcarvings and even musical instruments. The one commonality among all of these things was their owners’ desire to have them correctly displayed on the walls of their homes and / or workplaces. Typically, p...

August 16, 2008


Recently I did a job in one of Melbourne's finest suburbs for a lady whom I will call, for the sake of this story, June. Moving from a very large family home into a very large (but smaller) apartment inevitably means a re-assessment of what to keep and what not to. But June's much loved art collection was never going to be high up on her down-sizing priority list. 

Consequently, when I was called in it was a case of too many pictures and not nearly enough walls to hang them on. So after carefully populating every available apartment wall with her very favourite paintings, etchings and engravings, we then set about hanging more pictures in her entrance foyer. Now technically this was a public access area, but this tenacious lady had managed to get Body Corporate approval. We even continued hanging down into the stairwell until at last it seemed like we were done. But then June discovered, in an unopened box, a stunning set of framed antique Chinese woodblocks prints. They had to be hu...

July 21, 2008

Well, as best as I can tell it is anyway.  Feel free to correct me if I am wrong, but apart from various hanging handyman hints and several obscure references to hanging pictures from within other blogs, no-one yet has focussed specific attention on the subject.   

Now I am the first to admit, hanging pictures is not exactly brain surgery but I never cease to be amazed how many intelligent, multi-skilled people are totally confronted and stopped by the idea of trying to hang a picture, or worse still, a series or group of pictures. 

So herein, I hope to share, with anyone out there who may be interested, my 'wall-stories'.  My intention is to keep the stories, light, short, and hopefully amusing.  For any of my clients who might read this you need fear not; no names, no pack-drill as they say.  The stories will be factual but names, times and locations will be changed to protect the innocent. 

I'd love to get a bit of feedback.  If you have a good...

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