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Installing Gallery System Art Hanging Systems on Curved Walls

Hang Pictures on Curved Wall with Art Hanging System

Gallery System installation at Cultural Heritage Ltd. Arusha, Tanzania

 

We’re sometimes asked if Gallery System art hanging systems can be installed to hang art on curved walls, and the answer is yes — many of our customers have done so, with curved walls showing up in an increasing number of interiors as part of a broader design trend.

Curved wall art hanging installations aren’t much different from flat-wall installations, but there are two important considerations to keep in mind:
 

Make sure the amount of curvature isn’t too great — Gallery System’s wall-mounted tracks are quite flexible, but there are limits.

Use extra fasteners when installing the wall tracks, to ensure full hanging capacity.

When planning your installation, you can easily assess the curvature of the wall under consideration using a yardstick (or meter stick) and a tape measure, as shown in Fig. 1.

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How to Measure Wall Curvature for Art Hanging

Figure 1 — How to use a yardstick to measure the curvature of your walls for art hanging system installation.

For concave (inward-curving) walls, place the yardstick so the ends touch the wall and measure the distance between the middle of the yardstick (the 18-inch mark) and the wall. If there’s an inch or less of space, you’ll be able to install the tracks. (If you’re using a meter stick, the space at the 50cm mark should be 28 mm or less.)

For convex (outward-curving) walls, place the yardstick with its midpoint (the 18-inch mark) touching the wall and the ends equally distant from the wall’s surface. If the space at each end is an inch or less (28mm or less with a meter stick), you’re good to go.

The next step is to plan the number of fasteners you’ll use to mount the wall tracks. While on flat walls we recommend one fastener every 16-18 inches, curved-wall installations should have one fastener every 12 inches.

If you’re installing our GalleryOne system, this means each full section of track should have five wall mounts — one at each end and three evenly spaced in the middle.

For Original Gallery System installations, each full section of track should have seven fasteners spaced evenly along its length.

Here’s more information about choosing the right fasteners for your specific art hanging system situation

Installing Art Hanging System on Curved Wall

It’s generally best to start at one end of the installation, mounting the outer end of the first section of track and working your way along its length to the other end. Then install the adjacent section of track in the same way and repeat for additional sections. This will help ensure a smooth fit against the wall and tight, discreet joints between sections of track.

While both our art hanging systems (Original Gallery System and GalleryOne) are compatible with curved-wall installations, we generally recommend using the GalleryOne unless you want to take advantage of the Original Gallery System’s optional lighting. And, while the Original Gallery System’s optional lighting can be used on curved-wall installations, the optional wood molding cannot.

If you have questions about curved wall art hanging, art hanging system installations or other Gallery System topics, our experienced customer service team is ready to help — call us at 800-460-8703, email info@gallerysystem.com, or use our handy website contact form.

You can also review complete installation instructions for GalleryOne and Original Gallery System.