There are different factors worth considering when deciding whether to use 1 or 2 cable(s)/rod(s) to hang your items.
Weight is a Factor
First of all, you might want to consider the weight of the items that will hang on the cable(s)/rod(s). A pair of cable(s)/rod(s) would be able to support twice as much weight as a single one. For example, a pair of Stainless Steel Cables (which can each support 45 pounds) would be able to support a total weight of 90 pounds. You can refer to our Weight Support Guide to find out how much weight each component can support.
Width as a Factor
Secondly, you will want to take the width of the item(s) into consideration. If using 1 cable/rod, it should be aligned with the center of the item. If the cable is not well centered, the item will probably tilt on one side and the item will therefore not hang straight. The wider the item, the harder it may be to have that item perfectly centered.
If using 2 cables/rods, these should be placed along the 2 side-rails of the frame. This allows for adjustments to be made on each side of the item independently, making the installation of the item much easier. As a reference, we usually recommend using 2 cables/rods for items wider than 24 inches, but this is not a strict rule as you would definitely be able to hang items wider than this on a single cable.
Hanging a Single Item or Vertically Stacking Multiple Items on Your Cable or Rod
A third factor you will want to consider is the number of items that will hang on the cable(s) or rod(s). When vertically stacking multiple items on 1 cable/rod, you will almost certainly find that all but the lowest frame will tend to rotate or “teeter-totter” on that cable/rod. By this we mean, one lower corner of the frame will contact the wall and the other will fly away from the wall. Like a teeter-totter, when one end of the apparatus is on the ground the other end is at its maximum height. The use of 2 cables/rods would eliminate that problem, allowing the lower corners to hang equal-distance from the wall at each side. That being said, there is a way to fix that problem when hanging multiple items on a single cable/rod by adding Frame Stabilizers to your configuration.
Deciding on One or Two Cables in a Tensioned Cable System
Finally, when building, or using, a Tensioned Cable System, another type of hanging cable system, (where the cable(s) are tensioned between 2 Tracks/Point-to-Point piers), hanging items on a single tensioned cable will result in the same “teeter-totter” issue as mentioned earlier. This will occur regardless of whether one or multiple items are hung on that cable. Once again, using two cables, or adding Stabilizers for Cables would likely fix the issue.
Though it may sound tedious considering all these factors when wanting to hang art or objects using cables or rods, instead of the traditional “hammer and nail” approach, it really isn’t that complicated. Thinking about these factors, weight, alignment, number of items to hang, and whether your display will be tensioned or not, will result in your final presentation looking – and behaving – exactly as you’d planned. And these tactics could be deployed with our Classic System, Click Rail System, Contempo® System, and Cable System equally well. A little consideration at the forefront creates beautiful results when hanging art without nails.
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