Framing and hanging your maps and prints

Once you have decided on the exciting elements of choosing a frame, such as the finish and mounting style, do not forget to think about how you will hang the finished piece on your wall. We have broken down the various elements for you to consider when preparing to hang your newly framed map.

Sub-frame and split baton

For larger maps that span over two square metres, you will need a sub-frame to strengthen the frame structure. The sub-frame is positioned tightly inside the rebate of the main frame and prevents the frame from warping, twisting or bending.

The design of the sub-frame also allows you to use it as a strong and secure hanging system with split batons. Also known as a French cleat, the split baton is a wooden strip cut at an angle. The baton is drilled to the wall and is designed to sit flush with the sub-frame once the frame is placed on the wall. The benefit of the split baton system is that it gives the frame a seamless, flush appearance on the wall. It is worth noting that this system is not suitable for curved walls.

D-rings and strap hangers

One of the most common methods of hanging framed pictures, including maps, is with D-rings and strap hangers, which screw into the frame moulding on either side. Both should be fitted approximately 100-200mm from the top edge of the frame to allow the frame to hang flattest on the wall.

Once your D-rings or strap hangers are added to the frame, you have several options for hanging the map on the wall:

J Hook

A J hook, or “professional hanger” needs to be affixed to the wall for each D-ring or strap hanger.

Picture Rail

Alternatively, if you are using picture rails, a cord or chain can be hung from the rails and attached to each D-ring or strap hanger.

Wire and hook

If you are planning to hang the framed map on the wall with a wire, it is still best to use D-rings and strap hangers rather than screw eyes as they lie flush against the back of the frame and will not scratch the walls. When affixing the wire to the frame, you do not want it completely taught across the back– when you pull the wire up gently it should reach a point about 50mm from the top.

It’s all riveting stuff!