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Should I use 1 dropper (wire) or 2 on my picture hanging system?

One of the questions regularly asked by potential clients is ‘should I be using 1 dropper or 2 to hang my artwork?

The honest answer to this question is, ‘it depends…

Firstly, it is most important to considered the weight specifications of the droppers to be used and the piece to be suspended.  Naturally, if you are starting to approach the weight rating specified for the dropper then it is a good idea to use two.  This should bring you well inside the specified weight rating and provide a large load margin.

The second consideration is the style of piece.  Most balanced portrait pieces will very happily sit on a single dropper without becoming askew.  Landscape pieces on the other hand are far more likely to fall out of a level position and often using a second dropper is the best solutions.  This is certainly the case in a space which may be exposed to a light breeze.

On that note, thirdly, consider the atmospheric conditions.  If your gallery space may be exposed to a breeze, perhaps from a regularly opened door, then it may be worth while using a second dropper per piece to ensure everything remains level and in place – there is nothing more frustrating than having to position all the pieces every time someone enters or leaves the gallery!

Finally, aesthetic considerations.  This is a personal choice, in my home, I prefer the minimal look of a single dropper on most of my pieces, however others may prefer the sturdy look of two.

Either way, it is worth considering the above to ensure that your picture hanging system not only performs inline with your expectations but also because different providers will have a different approach which can significantly effect the cost of your system.

Have a question or require further information, please contact us to discuss your needs.


Ed – Shakespeare Solutions.

Short Notes on 1 dropper or 2

  1. Is my piece inside the weight rating of my dropper? No – used two, Yes – one it is!
  2. Will my piece stay balanced? – portrait usually, landscape less easily (but worth trying first).
  3. Is there regularly a breeze in this space which could move the artwork?  No – use one, Yes – perhaps use 2
  4. Assuming one can be safely and practically used… do I prefer this look?

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