Basic System Elements

Understanding our basic system elements and their most advantageous applications can play an important part in your design solution. By knowing your options, and how they behave, you will be able to create the hanging system that can also become a design feature, allowing you to best show off your brag wall, art display, or creative showcase display.

There are three basic elements to consider. In this entry we will explore each element in more detail.

These include:
1) the Horizontal Element (track or stand-off),
2) the Vertical Element (rod or cable), and
3) Hooks and Fittings:

Hanging systems by AS Hanging Systems generally consist of a track, a cable (or rod) and a hook or other fittings.

The horizontal element of a hanging system is perhaps the most important. It supports the weight of the entire system and typically offers infinite left and right adjustment.

Tracks, as the four pictured here, accomplish each of these things. They vary in the amount of weight they will support, the type of surface to which they will attach, and are available in open vs. close-faced design. Additionally, standoffs are an alternate choice, which, some choose to deploy in lieu of a track system. One example of a standoff, seen as the right most illustration below, are our Point-to-Point Piers. These may be mounted to any of walls, ceiling and floors. They do not offer left/right adjustability, but instead offer a very discreet “trackless” approach and a smart looking design associated with tensioned cables.

AS Hanging Systems offers a number of track designs to address a variety of needs.

The vertical element of hanging systems comes in many varieties. Typically, they are usually grouped into three categories; cables, cords and rods. These elements serve two main objectives.

First, they serve to support a “column of material and objects” and, second, they provide for infinite up and down adjustment below the track. We will discuss these in more detail at a future date.

There are a wide variety of cables, cords, and rods to attach to most tracks

The last element, but an element requiring function and design consideration, is the selection of hooks and fittings. Depending on what type of medium you’ll be displaying, whether you’ve chosen rods or cables, the functionality of your display, and of course, the design feature you’re wanting to present, all must be evaluated in choosing the proper hooks and fittings. We have numerous combinations available to create your display, providing perfect functionality while “putting your best foot forward”. For example, weight considerations are just one example of a possible determinant when selecting hooks and fittings. This is depicted in the graphic found here. However, security may be the aspect that decides which fitting you might prefer. The options are too numerous to discuss here. Please see our blog entries about the Utility Hook as an example of how nicely a design may be finessed with the correct fitting.

Weight capacity is just one aspect of choosing the best solution

If you have questions or would like to learn more about how our products can be beneficial in your project, please contact our Customer Support at, or give us a call at 866 935-6949 (toll free) or at our local number 450 619-7999.

When you hang with AS Hanging Systems, you Hang with the Best®

Learn more about our track system.

Learn more about our piers (standoffs).

Learn more about our rods systems.

Learn more about our cable system.

Learn more about our hooks.







  1. I would like to re-order your art hanging system… #P-End cable with H-3007 self-gripping hooks

    • We’d be happy to assist you with an order. Please feel free to contact our Customer Support at 866-953-6949. We have very trained personal to help you with all of your questions and ordering.

  2. I am looking for a track which can be applied to an unfinished wall then be partially covered with sheetrock.
    Track would then be used to hang art work in large display area. Please let me know what is available.

    C Herdic

    • Yes, we have just what you’re looking for. It would be our Display Reveal, which was just introduced in 2014. It is embedded in a wall made of gypsum wall board and is compatible with both 1/2-inch and 5/8-inch wallboard. It leaves a 1/2-inch wide reveal in the finished wall. You may use this reveal as the track for a comprehensive hanging system. Our P-End cables and rods are compatible. This opens your choices of hooks and fittings to nearly all of our product line. Be certain to download and read the associated installation guide. More about this product may also be found on a blog post we wrote when launching this product, or you may call our Customer Service Line at 866-935-6949.

  3. I need to use this type of system in a temporary space where I cannot do anything to the walls. However the sheetrock walls are open at the top and I can hook something over the top of the sheetrock. Is there any way to do this. It is temporary, so I’d like it to be easy. Thanks, loretta

    • Thanks for the question, Loretta. This would be a function of how much weight you need to support because the edges of sheet rock are fairly delicate. However, take a look at our panel top hangers. Combine those with either Ball-End Nylon Cord or Barrel-End Cable and any one of our hooks, and you have a complete solution. If you’re concerned about weight, use two Panel Top Hangers per art frame so the load for each one will be halved.