Picture Hanging systems on modular walls


1. Modular walls – Movable art gallery
2. Modular walls and home galleries
3. How can I hang pictures on modular walls?
a. Walls
b. Partition hooks
c. Hanging wires
d. Picture hooks
4. Costs
5. What other wonders does a movable art gallery hold?
a. Modular walls help reduce noise levels
b. Movable walls look stunning
c. Operable walls are durable
d. It’s easy to comply
6. Conclusion: building a movable home art gallery is a worthy DIY project

1.   Modular walls – Movable Art Gallery

A movable art gallery consists of portable, modular walls that allow you to adjust your interior configuration and the way you display your art. Movable walls are lightweight and can be rolled into place and then locked down to create stable structures.

Building a permanent, fixed art gallery seems like a straightforward task. You need walls, artworks and hanging wires and hooks to make it happen.

But what if you want to build your own movable art gallery, and want to reconfigure it every few months?

Building one would require some creativity and technical know-how because there aren’t any prefabricated structures that you can buy off the shelf. Luckily, modular walls combined with modern picture hanging systems offer a solution!

2. Modular Walls and Home Galleries

Movable, modular walls may seem like a new concept, but in fact they have been around for centuries. They are a key element in traditional Japanese architecture and date back to before the 13th century. Japanese houses had decorative dividers that could completely removed or just pushed aside. Even the exterior walls were movable. One aesthetic and philosophical principle was ‘Outside/Inside’; the exterior environment could be united with the interior environment, and both would be unified. Thereby dichotomies could be overcome; the division between art and nature, inside and outside could be vanquished.

In our modern Western world modular walls are a great way to add some character to our homes. They allow you to customize the layout of your interiors and create rooms that suit how you live. Their use isn’t limited just to homes, they are used in offices, libraries, shops, hotels, car dealerships, conference centres and restaurants.

Modular walls are a great way to create the illusion of a larger space and they give homeowners considerable freedom in terms of design because there is no need for drywall or paint – all the work is done at the factory!

And most importantly, they make it easy to move and change things up whenever the mood strikes.

Picture Hanging systems on modular walls

3. How Can I Hang Pictures on Modular Walls?

Modular walls really are a great option for those who want to save space. For art lovers they are the perfect way to hang art because they are so versatile and can be configured in many different ways. With these systems becoming more popular in the homes of art collectors, it is essential to know how to hang pictures on them.

However, many people are still not sure how to go about hanging photo frames and artwork.

In order to build your own movable art gallery, you can choose between two solutions. Choose either the following 4 parts to make up the system: mobile walls, partition hooks, loop-head hanging wires and picture hooks. Or, alternatively: mobile walls, wall-fixed picture hanging rails, picture hanging wires and hooks.

Parts of the system:

a.     Modular Walls

The walls are the part that allow you to effectively partition your space and make it more versatile.

Modular walls are not like regular drywall – they are made of panels that connect to each other, and then you can hang the pictures between them as if they were frames. They come in different sizes, shapes, and styles so they can fit any space or art display. Dorma Hueppe is a business that specializes in movable, operable walls.

Picture Hanging systems on modular walls

b.      Partition Hooks on Modular walls

When you want to hang pictures on a modular wall, you will either need partition hooks or flexible wall hooks that are designed for these types of walls. (Or alternatively, you can attach wall-fixed picture hanging rails to the top of your movable walls – see below).

Partition hooks are the interface between the wall and your hanging wires. Therefore, it is essential that you chose partition hooks of the right dimension and load capacity. Modular walls are made up of individual panels. In Australia their thickness varies between 16 and 31mm. The picture hooks should be placed in the groove at the top of each panel.

All in all, hanging pictures on modular walls is a rather simple task. However, you need to ensure that the picture is level with the wall and not too close to each other. Here is where hanging wires and picture hooks come into play.

c.     Hanging Wires

Hanging wires are the essential part which connect the picture hook to the partition hook. As the weight of your artwork or photos may vary, the selection of the right material and diameter for your wires is crucial. Hanging wires should have a loop head, so you can loop them around the partition hook end.

For a more discrete look you can get them in Perlon Nylon 6. If you want a nearly invisible wire to hang your paintings and photos from your modular `walls, this is the right kind of picture hanging wire for you! These sturdy wires are made from 2 monomers each of which contain 6 carbon atoms – that’s where the name comes from. This makes them very durable. They have high mechanical strength, good fatigue and wear resistance and excellent sliding properties. And of course, they won’t rust or tarnish over time.

However, if your artwork or mirror is very heavy (50kgs or more) or you simply like the industrial look, then you might want to opt for steel wires instead.

You can attach picture hanging rails like Artiteq’s Click Rail Pro art track to the top of your movable walls. The you will opt for Twister hanging wires that can be easily slid along the picture hanging rail allowing you to position your artwork anywhere you like on your moveable wall.

These hanging wires make it easy to both hang art and adjust your pictures whenever  you’re ready for a new look, by simply sliding the picture hooks along the rails. No more risk of damaging the wall or inserting nails into pristine surfaces. With hanging wire kits available for purchase, there is no limit to how many times your art gallery can change shape!

d.     Picture Hooks

In term of picture hooks, there is a variety of possible choices.

Ideally, in public settings like schools, businesses, hospitals – or anywhere people might be looking for places to hang their art – you might want to protect your beloved photos, paintings and sculptures from being taken without permission or knocked off the wall.

The Artiteq Micro Grip Lock hook is a great way to fulfil this requirement.

The Artiteq Micro Grip Lock is a high quality and reliable hook that can hold up to 20kg. It has been granted TÜV product certification, which proves its use in any location thanks to the fact it is made of durable plastic with fiberglass reinforcement for your peace of mind!

Its locking mechanism gives you extra protection against theft or accidents that could potentially ruin paintings and damage fragile artwork.

The patented clutch mechanism of the Artiteq Micro Grip hooks prevents your hook from sliding down the hanging wire on its own accord. The auto grip clamping mechanisms grips only in one direction, making it very easy to position pictures just where you want them!

To use it, all you have to do is press both sides of the lock forward before sliding it up until it clicks into place. This gives you protection from thieves and would-be miscreants. You will no longer need to place pictures on precarious surfaces such as window sills (instead of using hooks) in order to stop thieves accessing them easily.

The Artiteq Micro Grip Hook

4.   Costs

You may be amazed to find out that the cost of bricks can vary depending on where you live. Depending on your location, brick prices may have gone up by a whopping 50%! Luckily for homeowners who want an attractive finish with less labor, modular walls are now available in finishes like cementitious panels. With these options readily available at affordable costs, it’s no wonder they’re becoming such a popular choice among Australians looking to build their new homes or renovate old ones.

Additionally, in a movable art gallery using hanging wires and adjustable hooks allows you to rotate your art at any time without the need for further nails or screws to be installed in the walls, hence lowering the risk of expensive damages.

Furthermore, both in art or home galleries, modular walls still offer many benefits that make them superior even to bricks. Firstly, rapid installation saves up-front costs. Secondly, it takes less construction material like bricks or mortar which also reduces the labour cost per square foot of finished product by two thirds because there’s no need for rendering at all. Thirdly (and most importantly), modular safety features help protect your workers during installations.

5.   What Other Wonders Does a Movable Art Gallery Hold?

Brick walls are not the only option for a strong, long-lasting wall. In fact, modular walls can be installed in as little time as a weekend. With such an easy installation method it would be hard to go wrong with this decision when looking at these additional benefits:

a.      Modular Walls Help Reduce Noise Levels.

In the world of noise reduction, brick walls are king. On average, a brick wall offers 40 dB worth of noise reduction across all types and ranges of fences. However if you don’t have time or budget for such an undertaking then modular panels in your home’s movable art gallery can give up to 20-25dB in soundproofing which is about 25% less loud than what it was before!

b.     Movable Walls Look Stunning.

Both traditional and movable art galleries can offer the same premium aesthetic.

These modular structures became popular among builders because they can be assembled quickly into almost any design imaginable.

c.      Operable Walls Are Durable.

Traditional buildings are durable and make an Art Gallery easy to maintain, but they also have their drawbacks. Since bricks cannot move with the earth’s shifting ground over time, cracks will form in your wall until it eventually crumbles away. Therefore, building your Gallery in modular block panels will offer more room for movement as well as an easier way of draining water under the panelling if made from high-quality materials.

d.     It’s Easy To Comply.

Masonry and modular walls are both suitable options for bushfire zones. For cyclonic wind regions, brick wall panels can be customized to achieve a BAL 40 rating. You will be able to establish your art gallery at home in any type of climate zone.

Picture Hanging systems on modular walls
Picture Hanging systems on modular walls

6.   Conclusion: building a movable Home Art Gallery is a worthy DIY project

If you want to build a traditional art gallery at home, most councils require applications and legal approvals. Once you’ve overcome that hurdle, you need to know what you are doing or else the results can be ugly at best or structurally unsafe at worst.

Then choose partition hooks or flexible hooks to suit the thickness of your walls, hanging wires in proper length and diameter. Or alternatively, attach picture hanging rails to your modular walls. Secure your valuable artworks with strong, lockable picture hooks and you are all done.

In conclusion, with modular walls you can achieve all this without endangering your home’s structural safety. When you compare this solution to employing expertly trained professionals who will sometimes risk their necks when they are building something as complicated as a traditional home art gallery you know you’re on a winning streak!