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« on: October 10, 2007 10:06:18 AM »

One of my favorite things about my bedroom is this picture rail I rigged up a couple weeks after moving in:

Pictures rails are great if you….

Have a lot of pictures to hang in a small area
Don’t want to put a lot of holes in your wall
Want the freedom to move pictures around easily
Want to pretend you live inside an art gallery

You can buy a picture rail system, but they are expensive. To make your own for considerably less, you will need a long strip of wood and fishing line or thin wire. I went to Home Depot and got a strip of white molding that matches the molding around the doorways.

Drill holes in the wood strip at various intervals. The number and spacing of the holes depends on how far apart you want the pictures to hang, and if you plan on moving things around or adding more later.

Thread wire or fishing line through the holes you want to hang pictures from, and cut a little longer than needed. I laid my pictures out on the floor, in front of the wall, to decide how they should be arranged and where to thread the wire.

Mount the wood strip to the wall, close to the ceiling. Make sure it’s capable of supporting whatever you plan on hanging from it.

 Attach your pictures to the wires and hang them at various lengths. Small mirrors and other things are also fun to use. You can hang one picture directly below another by attaching its wire to the one above.

And you’re done!


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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2007 10:27:29 AM »

This is a great idea!  I was looking into doing something like this for a huge empty wall in my dining room. Thanks for info on how to do it!

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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2007 12:06:58 PM »

Great idea!  They also make a wood moulding (yeah, I like the old-fashioned spelling because it doesn't also mean "growing fungus") that is called picture rail or picture moulding.  They used to put it up by the ceiling (where a crown moulding would go) so you could avoid putting holes in plaster walls.  It has a rounded top that accepts a special hook for hanging wires on that hold pictures and can usually find it at home centers and lumber yards/hardware stores.  The little 1942 house I bought last year has some in a couple rooms and I love it.  I want to add it to a few rooms, as well.  Here is a link with photos and info of each the parts.

Picture Rail Moulding, hooks and cord: http://houseofantiquehardware.com/s.nl/sc.13/category.64/.f
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2007 08:42:02 AM »

What a clever idea! Thank you for sharing it!!  Grin
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