What’s The Best Hanging or Mounting Option For My Art Print?
There are many different options to hang or mount your art print on the wall. Your choice will depend on the type of medium it’s printed on and the look that you’re going for. Use our convenient art installation hanging chart below to determine which mounting/hanging options are compatible with each of our specific professional print types and read further to learn why you may choose one over the other.
Essentially, you have three to four options to hang/mount your prints to the wall depending on the medium:
Museum back/float-mounts – a frameless look that “floats” off of the wall by a few inches
Standoffs – a frameless look that uses four visible connections to the wall for hanging
Traditional frames – add color and texture surrounding your print and are easy to hang with one nail or screw
Stretch frames – only available for canvas prints that are stretched around a wooden subframe
All the hanging/mounting hardware that will be required based on your selection will be shipped along with your ArtisanHD print. You will simply need to provide a drill or screwdriver for most print artwork installations.
This type of art installation attaches hardware to the back of your print that you can’t see when looking at it directly so when it’s hung on the wall it gives the impression of “floating” a few inches from the wall. This is a very popular option for museums because it saves on framing costs and makes the print itself the sole focus visually. These types of wall mounts will work for almost every print medium aside from canvas, certain types of foam, gator boards, and acrylics.
Most art prints can have museum back or float mount hardware attached to them. If you’re looking to save money on framing while still giving the art a distinct look, these are great options for acrylic, metal, gator, and Sintra boards.
Similar to museum backs and float mounts, standoffs will keep the print off of the wall, “floating,” but do so in a way where you see the standoffs and they become part of the presentation. Standoffs are typically composed of four components: screws, caps, wall anchors, and the artwork itself.
Standoffs can be used for most mediums with a few exceptions, however, you need to consider that there will be four holes in the corner of the artwork for the standoffs. So, you will want artwork that has blank space on all sides, or it’s okay to have those holes in the artwork.
The most traditional and classic look for art prints, frames can add color, texture, and size to your artwork. The style of the frame can greatly enhance the overall look of the artwork and requires a skilled hand to frame properly.
The only artwork that won’t work in frames is printed on thicker mediums as the frame can only fit a thin sheet underneath. While it’s possible to use for metal or acrylic, most of the time those mediums do just fine by themselves without additional framing needed. It should be noted that there are frames designed specifically for canvas prints that are on a subframe (called stretch frames) should you like your canvas framed.