When is it Appropriate to Use Stand-Off Systems (Point-Point Piers) in a Display?

Point-to-Point Piers, also referred to as Stand-Offs, have a unique application and result in a very different appearance than a hanging system created using a track system, a suspended look, if you will. It is a very popular look and yields a highly engineered appearance. In this post we will share with you the pros and cons of implementing a pier-based system, which is a variation of the tensioned cable system.

Let’s start with the “cons”. Really, there is only one … the flexibility to change your display to a more left or right position from its originating point doesn’t exist. With a track system, cables and rods may be repositioned left to right without any need to change the existing wall mountings. Not so with standoffs . Once placed, piers are fixed in position. In the photo below, you can see a stand-off system creates a clean, organized, and aesthetically pleasing display. You will also notice that the piers create a permanently mounted display, as mentioned earlier.

Wall Display Using Articulated Piers by AS Hanging Systems

There are many “pros” offered by a pier-based system. First we need to note that there are two types of piers for a stand-off system: fixed piers and articulated piers.

Fixed Pier and Articulated Pier of Stand-Off System by AS Hanging Systems

Fixed piers must be mounted to two opposing and horizontal surfaces, such as a floor and ceiling, or an upper window case and sill, etc. These are usually used in pairs and may support a wide variety of objects in an even wider variety of applications. Some appropriate applications include window merchandising, visual space dividers, directional signage, art, municipal announcements, café menus, directories, etc.

AS Hanging System Stand-Off Fixed Piers Mounted Ceiling Beam to Floor in Trade Show

Articulated stand-offs (piers) are designed with an elbow. This elbow hinge allows articulated piers to be mounted to ceilings and floors, but also to walls and any other appropriate and available surface. An example of an application perfectly suited to using articulated piers is when an angled or vaulted ceiling is one of the surfaces where the mounting needs to occur. With articulated piers, the angle at which the pier is mounted doesn’t impact the way the display will ultimately hang because the elbow allows the cable to remain in a vertical position.

Both fixed and articulated piers are used in conjunction with steel cables, while the hooks appropriate for the application are determined by the object being displayed.

It is important to note that consideration should be given to mounting standoffs that will support any real weight, particularly when mounting to wall surfaces. Because the angular forces may exceed the crush strength of common gyp-board, it is preferred to mount these piers on rigid or even structural surfaces, particularly in commercial applications. For instances where dry wall (gyp-board, Sheetrock®) is the mounting surface, we offer Decorative Mounting Plates to help disperse the load over a larger surface area. Other than these installation issues, a stand-off-based tensioned cable system may be used just as you would a track-based system.

Whether you’re creating a wall display with extra impact, or your signage needs to be suspended floor to ceiling, or your mounting needs to be vertical but your mounting surfaces are angled, a Stand-Off System can accommodate your needs while creating clean lines, an organized format, and an aesthetically pleasing visual display.

How would you put our Point-to-Point Piers to work in your next design project?

We’d love to hear your ideas.

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 info@ashanging.com, or give us a call at 866 935-6949 (toll free) or at our local number 450 619-7999.

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