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STAS INNOVATIVE SYSTEMS

As the world leader in Picture Hanging Systems, STAS Picture Hanging Systems traces its lineage back to the Victorian era. During this period, homes were decorated in a very ornate fashion, many of which including plaster walls. If it wasn’t plaster, walls were often decorated with high quality fabric. To protect the plaster walls from cracking or chipping with a nail, and or damaging fabric wall coverings, the ancestors of our modern picture hanging systems were created.



Picture Hanging Systems experienced a revival during the Craftsman era, with many designers and architects building them into their projects. Well known architect Frank Lloyd Wright was notorious for building picture rails into his designs. As recently as 2015, the usage of picture rails in a home in Wisconsin helped define it as a Frank Lloyd Wright Designed home. Many craftsman design homes to this day include built picture rails, making our picture molding hooks one of our top sellers.

Today, STAS Picture Hanging Systems can be found in everything from residential homes to airports, tech start-ups to schools, and everything in between.


These are all instances where the ease and flexibility of a STAS Picture Hanging System come into play. Our systems also provide flexibility in what you hang on the wall. Ever tried to evenly hang a tryptic on the wall with nails? It’s tough, and you most likely have holes to repair, but not with STAS. We carry a wide range of rails and hooks to accommodate heavy objects, 3 dimensional or sculptural objects, signage, lighting for fine art, and more. You can easily move, adjust, replace, and change your art and other objects in minutes.

Last, but absolutely not least, is that our picture rails make hanging objects on difficult surfaces or otherwise inaccessible walls suddenly a possibility! Decorating masonry, glass, or curved walls is simple with a hanging system installed. Masonry construction is common in K-12 Schools in the United States, and our hanging solutions make decorating a classroom easy and flexible. Glass walls are becoming increasingly popular in modern office spaces, and our ceiling mounted rails make the glass suddenly an open canvas for pictures, flip charts and more. A common use case we hear from our customers is also high-end wood finishes like executive offices and pocket doors. The cavity in the wall created by a pocket door eliminates nails as an option, but our system opens new possibilities.

Core Benefits of our Innovative Hanging Systems

Although there are many reasons to utilize a hanging system, the core benefits boil down to reduced maintenance cost, design freedom, and hanging objects on otherwise difficult spaces.

One of the most talked about benefits, a benefit that dates to the Victorian era, is the reduction in maintenance and repair costs. Once installed, our systems virtually eliminate repair costs associated with damages or repairs from hanging with traditional nails. These costs often make rental properties adopt a “No Art Hanging Policy”, which is rarely followed. Instead owners are opting to install hanging systems, thus eliminating patching holes or repairing chipped plaster.



The second benefit, and our favorite, is design freedom. Our hanging systems help bring your interior spaces to life with engaging displays. When hanging art or other objects on the wall, whether in a home, office, or public space…change happens. Maybe you’ve moved furniture around your home and need to reposition art pieces, maybe your redecorating a classroom for the holidays, maybe your restaurant has updated its menu board, or maybe your office frequently updates employee or company notices.

The Basic Components of a STAS Picture Hanging System

Our hanging systems are comprised of 3 main components: The Rail, Cable/Rod, and Hooks and Fittings.

The Rail or Track

This piece is the core component of the system that is affixed horizontally on the wall or ceiling. It supports the full weight of the hanging system and the objects being hung, and is how adjustments to the left or right are made. When selecting a track, consider: weight capacity, mounting location (Ceiling vs. wall), open vs. closed face, and discreteness.

The Cable or Rod

Hanging vertically from the picture rail, cables or rods are where vertical adjustments are made. STAS offers Steel Cable, Perlon Cord, and solid rods, each having their own advantages and disadvantages. At the end of the cable, where it attaches to the rail, there are a few different options, including our exclusive Cobra connection. Where other mounting pieces like bolts or loops require you to thread the cord in from one end of the track, sliding down to your desired location, our award winning Cobra head allows you to pop the cord in wherever you like.

The Hook and Fittings

The final component is the hook or fitting that attaches the object being hung to the cable. These hooks or clips are typically divided into two categories: manual and self-gripping. Self-gripping hooks utilizing the weight of the object being hung as leverage against the cord or cable. Although a bit more expensive that manual hooks, self-gripping hooks will pay dividends if used frequently and or in hard to reach areas like those accessed via a ladder. There are several specialty hooks as well including security hooks designed for galleries or earthquake prone areas, ensuring that what is hung on the wall…stays on the wall!

Innovative Market leader in Picture Hanging Systems

STAS Picture Hanging Systems is the innovative market leader with over 20 patented products. Over the years our award shelf has grown as well! Our Smart Spring won the gold medal at the International Exhibition for Inventors in Geneva. The STAS Cobra fitting won the Amsterdam Good Industrial Design Award. At the DesignEX event in Australia, the STAS Minirail won the “Best new Product Award for Decorative Accessories” and was described as an, “Interior design product that sets a new standard for good design, functionality & durability. We are constantly working to defend our position as innovative leader, so check out site frequently for new and exciting picture hanging systems and accessories.




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About Shades Picture Hanging Systems

Providing simple, flexible, and elegant picture hanging solutions that make life easier is our passion. As the official US Distributer of STAS, we provide world class products with industry leading customer service. If you have questions about which system is right for your home or gallery, or for details on express shipping, email info@staspicturehanging.com or call (805) 691-9047. For Express Shipping, email info@staspicturehanging.com or call (805) 691-9047 for rates.

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