Attaching Wall Art

Where, and How  to Hang Artwork on Your Wall:

Where:

There are many configurations of cubicles. They vary from 3 to 3 1/2 walls. Some are high and some are medium height.

Preparation

Your cubicle walls are your biggest canvases. Before you tack something up you must take everything down from all walls. (Sound familiar?) Think of it as creating an art gallery in a cramped space with only three walls.

The front facing or gallery wall will be the biggest rectangular area facing the doorway. Some cubicles have an empty facing wall making a large gallery. Some will have a row of shelves or cabinets across the main wall, and some will have a half row.

Before we start you must vow to:

  1. Never again use bent paperclips, map pins, thumbtacks or mundane pointy things to attach things to your wall
  2. Never paste memos, phone messages, or sticky-notes to your wall
  3. Never use any hanging method that required nailing, stapling, screwing, or anything that will tear the delicate fabric lining of the wall.
  4. Always remember that your wall belongs to the company and when you move to a corner office, your cubicle will be made bare again.

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Positioning

There are a number of rules for positioning your artwork.

Start by standing in your doorway and imagine a line at the exact height as your eyeballs. If you need to use string and pins to help you visualize this line when hanging. This will be the center-line to help you hang multiple pictures.

For your average visitor it will be 65 inches above the floor. This is not always possible may not look good. You don’t want the artwork to crowd the sides, top or desk side of your wall.

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Crowding the Top

If your cubicle walls are short they will make your artwork look like it is hanging too high. You will end up crowding the top of your cubicle. The artwork will be out of balance. Visitors (critics) will notice this before your chosen artwork. Just a fraction of distraction and annoyance will ruin the overall effect.

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Perfect Placement of Window

In the case of short cubicle walls, sit at your desk and picture a line slightly above your eye level. It is also important that you can see the artwork when you are working. Adjust for crowding and try to raise it above the center-line of the wall. Apply strings and pins.

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Note Center Line – Two of one size surrounding a larger picture.

You may have room for more than one picture. Keep them on your string and pin line. If they are different sizes, think balance.  Try for an odd number with two of one size and a larger one.  You will know when it is right when you feel you are in your living room.

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Measuring Tape

Now is the time to find or buy a measuring tape. You can make a paper template of the exact size of your proposed artwork and move it around your wall for the most pleasing position.

I strongly recommend you use your measuring tape to get an idea of the size of the artwork or decoration before you buy it online. It can be way too small, which means you will have to buy many of them, or so large they overwhelm your space.

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Cabinet Door Art

If you have a row of cabinets you can stick artwork directly on them. I recommend Giclée prints or photographs from Art.com. These need not be framed (but consider light acrylic frames.). You may center each piece slightly above the horizontal center of each door or mount them in pairs as pictured above. Flat acrylic frames make this easy.

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Wood Panel Wallpaper Under Cabinet

Please note the wallpaper under the cabinets and the fact that you do not need to wallpaper your entire cubicle. You can extend the wallpaper under the window creating a wainscoting. Your wallpaper need not be wood paneling. Any decorative paper will do. Check out my friends at dream cubicle for patterns. Http://dreamcubicle.com

Hint: Try not to have any artwork leaning on your desk. This will disrupt the line of sight to your gallery wall. Family pictures can be hung in light frames on adjacent walls.

Add a Window to Your Wall

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Window in Main Wall

See how a single window brightens up this cubicle. After decorating your gallery wall, put a window in your adjacent wall. Or have windows without art in your main wall. You can also have windows in both walls.

Family and Activities

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Baby in Gallery Wrap

Photos of your family and activities show the world you have a life outside of work and you are a loving partner and a proud parent. A photo of a vacation spot brings back fond moments in your life away from work. They are also a constant reminder of your love for your family. One or two photographs in “gallery wrap” or light acrylic frames are a valuable addition  to your cubicle. Pick frames that don’t clash with your decor theme.

Frames:

Because weight is an issue with fabric walls you may not use a heavy ornate frame. For many pieces I recommend a stretched canvas painting or photograph. Thousands of canvas art-pieces can be ordered from Art.com.

Art.com or CanvasOnDemand.com can transfer your family or vacation photographs to Gallery Wrap (Stretches Canvas.) It makes a better presentation.

Remember, there are no hard and fast rules to hanging artwork!  Have fun and be creative in your space!

Now visitors will be attracted to your wall art for a long moment of appreciation before dropping their glance to your desk. (Glance Moving Project Completed!)

How to Hang or Attach Your Art

“Hanging art in your cubicle is like trying to nail jelly to a wall” – Uncle John

There are two schools of thought on this matter:

Living Room Style; Devise a means to duplicate the hanging system used in your living room. It will look like there is a picture hanging hook behind the artwork that is pounded into the wall with a small nail. (You can’t actually do this on a fabric wall.)

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Decorative Cord Hanging

Gallery Style; Buy an “Over the Rail” hook and run a string or filament to the hanging hardware on the back of the picture or frame (This is the safest)

Living Room Style for your Cubicle

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Plastic Fabric Hooks: These were designed to hang things on cubicle walls.They seem sturdy, are cute and colorful, and will support a weight of up to 2 pounds. The hook is too wide to fit into a serrated metal piece in the back for hanging. The picture has to have a wire  looped in the back for hanging. I would suggest hanging two of them spaced 2″ apart to spread the load.

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Mounting Squares

Scotch Velcro Hanging System: If your artwork and frame weigh less than 2 1/4 pounds, you might try this :

Scotch® – Permanent Heavy Duty Mounting Squares for Fabric Walls, 7/10 x 17/25, ”  They are squares with a strong adhesive on one side and a textured surface on the other. They are designed for fabric walls. Put one on each corner and in the middle of the top of the frame and it should stick. They are both removable, re-positional and re-stick-able.

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Fine Velcro Sticks

Velcro Hook Only Chevrons: These little chevrons were designed for decorating fabric walls. They are easy to apply to any hard surface item with the adhesive backs.  The Velcro is very fine and adheres nicely to your fabric wall.

They are one use only – the adhesive cannot be removed and reapplied. The adhesive is strong – and if you try to remove it from a paper item – it damages it.

Again, use these along the frame perimeter. Try one on each of the four sides and one in the middle of the run. Top it off with one in the center.

Adjustments: If you have a hard time keeping the picture straight try these Velcro chevrons. They are also good for hanging calendars (Do not use the main wall for this)

Over the Rail

Use a coat hanging hook to hang large framed pictures. You can buy special coat hooks for the top of cubicle walls, or you can use one sold in the hardware store for hanging towels on the back of your bathroom door. Attach an extra long string between the eyes on the sides of the picture frame, then hook it over the coat hook on the top of the cubicle wall. If the picture frame only has one hanging point, use one long string between that point and the hook on top of the cube partition.

Over the Rail Hooks

318FSv63W9L._SL160_The only surefire way to hang heavy artwork on your wall is by utilizing an over the wall hook. The hook will always be seen but you can camouflage it by painting it the same color as the wall. It must be adjustable to fit all thicknesses of cubicle walls. It should not have a large hook as in a coat hook as it only needs to be attached to a filament or string (you can use cord the same color as the wall or try yarn.)

I recommend:
Officemate Universal Partition Hanger Set, Adjusted to fit panels with 1 1/4 inch to 3 1/2 inch thickness, Metal Black (21460)

In the case of a large art-piece or decoration use two hangers and attach to either side.

Lets look at some decorative choices