Picture rail, d-rings, piano wire or cable & track?

Picture rails (basically really narrow bookshelves) are probably the most flexible type of solution as your picture frames are not hung but simply sit on the rail itself. This means that you can change artwork every single day of the week if you like.

Nail-and-hook is one of the least expensive and common solutions that will accommodate most hanging hardware. Piano wire is probably the easiest method of hanging art on wall hooks. It also tends to be the most unstable and unsafe.

Using D-rings (usually a pair or even just one at the very top) with nail-and-hooks is one of the most popular ways to hang art these days as they’re more stable than piano wire. However, you need to be precise when putting in nails on your wall when using d-rings as there’s zero margin for error.

Sawtooth type of hangers can be found on store-bought frames that tend to be more light weight.

Using cable-and-track systems is the professional way to go and are used by many art galleries. However it’s also the most complicated (you still need to mount track on the ceiling) and expensive, but it you don’t want any holes on your drywall and want to change your artwork often this is the best way to go, especially if you have “shadow gaps” (small recesses) between your wall and ceiling to accommodate them.


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