Are you looking for a way to showcase your acrylic prints in a way that will attract the most attention and look the most stylish? The use of a frame that is made of acrylic is a great option that will make the print look even more attractive and professional. Acrylic prints, when displayed in the appropriate frame, have the potential to transform into stunning works of art that elicit admiration and praise. But how exactly should acrylic prints be framed so that they look their best? In this tutorial, we’ll go over everything you need to know to get started framing acrylic prints so that you can begin designing your very own stunning exhibits right away.
Table of Contents
- How to hang acrylic paints
- Introduction to hanger sets
- Hanger plate
- Aluminum back frame
- Steps on hanging acrylic prints using a hanger plate
- Steps on hanging acrylic prints using aluminum back frame
How to hang acrylic paints
When you place an order with us for a print of any kind, including an acrylic print, we will provide you with step-by-step instructions as well as all of the hardware required to hang your print in a reasonable amount of time. By default, all of our acrylic prints with dimensions of 40 by 30 inches or less are designed to float and are hung on the wall using wire and a monkey hook. A hanging system with a French cleat and an aluminum subframe is available from our company at an additional cost. This system is more elegant, but it also requires a bit more work. For picture mounts larger than 40 by 30 inches, our standard offering is a kiln-dried doug fir float and hang french cleat system made from french cleats. When used on walls of larger dimensions, the French cleat system will provide increased stability. At these large sizes, you have the option to upgrade from the wooden float and hang system to one made of black aluminum. It has a more sophisticated appearance, but once it’s hung on the wall, it’s not really noticeable.
Since the majority of our clients choose to purchase their prints using our simple wood and wire hanging system, we’ll begin there. We will provide you with a monkey hook that can be used on drywall; however, if you are hanging something on concrete, brick, or any other surface besides drywall, you will need to use a screw. This is a short video that can be found on YouTube that demonstrates how the monkey hook is used. It is wonderful because all you have to do to hang your print is push it into the wall and it will stay there. It can support up to 25 kilograms.
The default float and hanging system that we use for acrylic prints that are larger than 40 inches by 30 inches also makes use of kiln-dried doug fir; however, rather than a H pattern with wire, we use a full subframe with french cleat hanging. The image below shows a very large acrylic print that was created with our wood cleat.
Your print will merely be supported by the cleat that is attached to your wall, which is the piece that is taped together near the top of the poster. It requires a little bit more effort than hanging with wire, but it’s not a huge hassle. If you’re not going to be adhering to a stud, you’ll need to make sure the cleat you’re attaching to the wall is level, and you’ll also need to use drywall anchors.
If you don’t want the wood option, we also have a more sophisticated looking aluminum subframe and cleat option available for all print sizes (see the section below for more information). The majority of people aren’t concerned about the material of the float and hanging system because it isn’t visible on the wall; however, there are situations in which the aluminum subframe is a popular choice. This includes situations such as resellers who want an overall more elegant look for their customers and individuals who prefer a more stable hanging system for prints that are 40×30 inches or smaller. This would include circumstances in which the print is hung in a high-traffic area and/or public space where there are concerns regarding the print’s stability and security.
Introduction to hanger sets
One of our more luxurious offerings in the realm of wall decoration is the acrylic print. We reproduce the photo image you provide with print clarity that is truly exceptional and color saturation that is stunning. After that, we cover it with a flawless sheet of acrylic glass that creates an entrancing depth effect, giving you an air of true luxury in the process.
Customers who have already spent money on an acrylic print are going to want to make certain that they hang it in the appropriate manner. This article will assist you in doing precisely that.
Our acrylic print does not have any borders around it. This complements the clean, modern appearance of the print, and it is also necessary to achieve the “3D” effect created by the acrylic glass to its fullest extent.
Because of this, we recommend hanging methods that have a minimalistic aesthetic to match the design. The more discrete and unobtrusive your hanging system is, the more your artwork will be able to express itself.
This tiny metal plate has a layer of adhesive on one side (the other side will be coated with anti-adhesive paper) so that it can adhere itself to the back of your print. On the opposite side, there is a ridge that protrudes out just far enough to be supported by screws or a hook that is attached to the wall.
This hanger set also includes rubber bumpers that will keep the print at a consistent distance from the wall. This will prevent the print from being damaged by scrapes and will give it the appearance that it is “floating.”
Aluminium Back frame
If you choose this sturdy metal frame, it will already be affixed to your print when you purchase it. The rectangular frame is constructed using four individual bars of aluminum. Because each bar has a hollow section in the middle, the top bar has a lip that can be rested on screws or a French cleat on the wall. This allows the bars to be stacked vertically.
It is not possible for the back frame to warp because it is robust enough to offer additional resistance to environmental factors such as temperature stress.
For prints that are medium or large in size, the aluminum back frame is the best option.
Steps on hanging acrylic prints using a hanger plate
Determine where on the reverse side of your print you would like to attach the hanger plate. (about a third of the way down is recommended). After using fine sandpaper to scrub the area, clean it with a lint-free cloth (for example, a microfiber cloth) that has been dampened with meth. Please be patient while it dries.
Place the hanger plate on the back of your print, ensuring that the anti-adhesive paper is still attached to it. First, you should make sure that it is placed precisely where you want it, and then you should use a pencil to trace its outline.
Remove the paper that prevents the adhesive from sticking. Make sure the hanger plate is pressed firmly into place.
After 24 hours, with the printed side down on a level surface, the adhesive will have sufficiently hardened.
Attach the self-adhesive rubber bumpers to the print using glue. (at the back, in the bottom corners).
Put some screws or a hook on the wall, and once those are in place, lean the ridge on the back of your plate against the hook or screws. Done!
Steps on hanging acrylic prints using aluminum back frame
If you chose to include it in your order when you placed it, the aluminum back frame will already be attached to your print when it arrives at your door.
EITHER: Drill holes directly into the wall on a level surface and insert the screws there. Check to see that the distance between the screws is not greater than the open space in the middle of the upper bar of your back frame. OR: Using screws, evenly attach a French cleat to your wall, making sure that the cleat itself is not longer than the open central part of the upper bar of your back frame.
Place the end of the upper bar so that it is resting on the screw heads or on the French cleat. Done!
There are certainly other hanging methods that can be used; however, in comparison to our hanger sets, we believe that all of these other options have significant drawbacks. The following are two common alternatives to consider:
Metal posts. The acrylic print looks great with the modern aesthetic that the steel mounting posts provide. However, in order to attach the barrels, these require drilling holes through the print, which means that some image detail will inevitably be lost in the process.
Frames. As was just mentioned, one of the primary selling points of acrylic print is that it does not have any borders around it. Any frame you choose to use will obscure the edges of your print, which will prevent the acrylic glass from producing its distinctive three-dimensional effect.
We recommend using raw plugs when inserting screws into your wall in order to support the potential weight of prints.
We also suggest using a stud finder to locate the upright timbers in your walls. This will assist you in finding the installation spots that will be the most stable over time.
Putting acrylic prints in frames can feel like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be that way. It is not difficult to make lovely acrylic picture frames that will continue to look good for many years to come if you have the right tools and materials. You will need to make certain that you choose acrylics that are resistant to UV rays and use adhesives that have been developed specifically for use in acrylic framing projects. Your framed acrylic print will look incredible in any room in your house or office if it is crafted properly and displayed there. With that in mind, why not spend some time today picking out the ideal picture frame and getting started on something that is truly one of a kind using these helpful hints on how to frame acrylic prints?