21 Jul

Installing pictures and artwork professionally takes skill and talent. Sure, anybody can just tap a nail and throw up a picture on the wall. But knowing how to measure correctly and where to stage frames so they complement one another in a collage, or combining separate panels to complete a singular art piece requires an eye for detail. A lot of unseen work goes behind a successful art installation.

Firstly, one needs the proper tools and hardware for the job. The best hardware to mount pictures to the wall depends on the backing of the photo or art piece and wall material. While a simple, standard nail might work for lighter pieces, heavier frames or objects will require brackets strong enough to withstand the weight of the item. Tools are important because different walls and studs require various amounts of drill pressure. Cement or brick behind drywall needs a heavy-duty drill and strong drill bit to bore through, whereas a regular drill is fine for standard wood beams. Plaster walls on the other hand are delicate and a gentle touch is a must in order to maintain their glossy sheen.

Collage installation is among the most challenging applications for an art installer. There is a great deal of math involved and measurements have to be precise. Even a fraction of an inch can spell disaster First, the entire area is measured. Then, the space between pictures and the various hooks or string backing has to be considered against not only the size of the entire wall, but the overall shape of the collage as well. It is a good idea to have at least two frames of each size to balance out a collage. 

Also, the client can save time if they lay out their collage on the floor in front of the wall where they want it installed. That gives them perspective, allows them to prioritize which pictures they want to feature most prominently, and saves money because the art installer can get right to work with the measuring, which is the most time-consuming part of installing art.

Choosing the right art installer can be a challenge. You definitely want to see examples of their work. Also, if you have collectible, rare, valuable, or one-of-a-kind art, you want to choose a professional, local art installer like BIG Helpers that is licensed, fully insured, and bonded. And while standard art pieces and pictures can be handled by one person, it is in your best interest to hire 2 installers to handle the more 'precious' pieces, heavier items, or large orders.

While many people feel they can just hang pictures themselves, installing a gallery wall, collage, multi-panel art, or handling priceless pieces really should be left to an art installation expert. They will have all the tools and knowledge to take your art showcase from 'meh' to 'amazing!' You can just sit back, relax, and let the professionals at BIG Helpers make your ideas come alive on your walls.

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