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How to hang large posters?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I bought a very large, beautiful art print (55'' tall and 39'' wide) that needs immediate hanging!

I need to know of an economical way to hang this print on my wall without it getting damaged. I am not aware of any places that sell frames this large, and, if they did, they'd probably be outrageously priced. Are there other ways of stylistically displaying this piece, while keeping it safe, all for a price this college student can justify?

Any help would be really appreciated!
post #2 of 22
3M makes some really nice poster tabs that'll let you hang posters and remove them later without damaging them (you sort of stretch the tabs until they are no longer sticky and they come right off). They can be hard to find though, I found a bunch at Walmart and stocked up. Other than that or a frame, I dunno!
post #3 of 22
The best approach is a frame... You any good with woodworking? I know some people who have built their own frames with good effect.

Another approach that I've seen used with large prints is to use some sort of a clamp system.... Don't know what it is called but basically you use a long clamp with padded or otherwise protected jaws and then hang the clamp up. You could probably DIY something like that.

Failing that, 3M tabs (a lot of them depending on weight) would be your best bet. Or a hell of a lot of bluetac!

Edit: You could also use stretcher bars and then somehow hang it from them. Kind of hard to explain what they are... here are some pictures: http://www.dickblick.com/zz089/09/ . I think you would lose a bit of your corners but it should work.
post #4 of 22
I would wrap it in Mylar, and hang it with one of these:

http://www.posterhanger.com/

Alternately, you could have it mounted on foam-core (used by photographers and advertising agencies). There are non-permanent methods of mounting, check with a framing store.
post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 
Well, just to clarify, I'd like to not partake in any DIY kind of thing. I am hoping to be able to just buy something and slap it right on. Do any stores still sell those things that clip to the top and bottom of the poster, and then hang a sheet of plexi-glass, or some other kind of see-thru plastic that starts at the top piece and connects to the bottom piece? I remember that my parents used one of those for a baby picture of myself which they blew up... I wonder if they still exist.

majid: That's a perfectly acceptable method! Thanks for sending me this link! Where'd ya find it? I think I'll get one of those and post results when I receive it.
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by Aman
majid: That's a perfectly acceptable method! Thanks for sending me this link! Where'd ya find it? I think I'll get one of those and post results when I receive it.
From this article:

http://www.simplebits.com/notebook/2...terhanger.html

I just used the search function on my RSS aggregator to find it. That, and Del.icio.us are great ways to keep track of interesting stuff you come upon online.
post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by blip
The best approach is a frame... You any good with woodworking? I know some people who have built their own frames with good effect.

Another approach that I've seen used with large prints is to use some sort of a clamp system.... Don't know what it is called but basically you use a long clamp with padded or otherwise protected jaws and then hang the clamp up. You could probably DIY something like that.

Failing that, 3M tabs (a lot of them depending on weight) would be your best bet. Or a hell of a lot of bluetac!

Edit: You could also use stretcher bars and then somehow hang it from them. Kind of hard to explain what they are... here are some pictures: http://www.dickblick.com/zz089/09/ . I think you would lose a bit of your corners but it should work.
I have a same problem, bought a huge pink floyd poster that I cannot find a frame for. I can built my own frame but how much for glass/plastic to cover it, and where would I get it?
post #8 of 22
Honestly I don't know where you could find big enough glass, Pne, the people I actually know who have done this didn't put glass over it. (Kind of a minimalist display frame.)

Depending on the size, I would check with the local frameshop. 2 to 1 if you ask nicely they'll be willing to turn you on to a source... or maybe even sell glass directly to you. Also hobby stores often sell plain glass.... but probably not in the size you need. A hardware store might have something... but it will probably be way too thick and heavy for your purpose.

Also I'm sure that there is someplace online that would be willing to fashion some glass in whatever size you need but the shipping might hurt... BAD!

Now for plastics there might be some other options. I've been to a few plastics shops where they have just about anything and everything for sale or order... Depending on how big we're talking about they could probably hook you up. Or you could order from tap plastics: http://www.tapplastics.com/shop/category.php?bid=24& If I was trying to do this that's what I'd likely do.

Oh and those poster hangers that Majid noted are what I was refering to earlier. Quite nice if you ask me.
post #9 of 22
Just out of curiosity...what was the print you bought? any pics?
post #10 of 22
Perhaps an art supply store will have what you need.
post #11 of 22
not cheap but if the poster is something you value have it professionally matted.Second choice would be a poster frame which is like a picture frame but of much lighter glass (weight factor of the poster size) and the frame is much thinner than a typical picture frame so it is not a main feature drawing the eye to it
post #12 of 22
I agree with Rick. I had a couple of art prints mounted on foamboard. I think it cost around $10. Then you can just throw it on the wall with double-sided tape AND you can choose to have it framed later when you get the cash.

EDIT: the Posterhanger is available at the MoMa store, but the longest length is 32"
post #13 of 22
Get some binder clips and hanging nails. Just hang the binder clips from the nails and have them clamp on the top of the poster. Voilá!

http://stores.salighthouse.org/ecomm...10739&distid=0
post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Homeless
Just out of curiosity...what was the print you bought? any pics?
It's a print of 'M-Maybe' by Roy Lichtenstein. Here's some of it (couldn't find a full picture of it online! )


But, of course, it's painted with the famous 'dot' method on my print - it doesn't use the smooth lines like this one does.
post #15 of 22
oh man, that's awesome...I love pop art. You know what's weird, that exact print is hanging on a wall in a swanky pool hall/bowling alley where I live...exept it's got to be 15 feet tall.
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