How to Optimize Picture Hanging with Two Cables

(This is #3 in the “How To Optimize Hanging Systems” Series. This guide assumes the reader is already familiar with a separate guide titled “Application Guide, Optimize Hanging System – Manage “Face Forward”, #2 in the series).

Since most of the population is familiar and experienced with hanging a frame from the hang wire on the rear of a frame, it is natural for us to do the same when hanging a framed art piece from a hanging system. However, that experience does not translate to a framed art piece hanging from two cables or rods.

The Problem – Hanging System Cables Angle Toward Center of Frame

When hanging an object from two cables/rods attached to the hang wire on the rear side of a framed object, the hanging system cables will tend to angle towards the centerline of the frame. This causes an unprofessional, and unstable hanging display. See first illustration.

How to Optimize Hanging Systems series by - 2 Cables Angle Toward Frame Center

The Solution – Move Attachment Points

There is a simple correction that will cause the cables/rods to hang vertically – the way you might expect them to behave. Simply attach the hanging system hooks directly to the attachment points at both ends of the frame hang wire. Just allow any existing hang wire to … well, hang (unused) behind the frame.

How to Optimize Hanging Systems series by - 2 Cables Hooked to Frame Attachment Points

The framed art or photograph now has the hanging system supporting the frame nearer to the corners, resulting in better alignment, frame stability, and a professional presentation (which doesn’t visually detract from the art piece).

How easy is that?

If you would like a printable pdf of these tips, you can download this guide at Application Guide for How to Optimize Picture Hanging with 2 Cables.

Do you have framed art or photography that would benefit from an optimized art hanging system using two cables?

This document is one of a series of documents that were created to help the reader optimize their framed art, and other wall objects, for display via a hanging system.

Others in the series include:

How to Hang Framed Art

Manage Face Forward

Eliminate Teeter-Totter Frames

Eliminate Tilt Right to Left

How to Hang Unframed Art

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