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The Basics

Every wall hanging system consists of three primary elements:

1. The Rail or load bearing apparatus directly connected to the wall or ceiling
2. The cord, cable or bar which functions as the extension of the rail down the length of the wall, and
3. The hook or other fixture that connects the hanging system with the artwork
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1. The Rail

Choosing the right Rail - A Matter of Form and Function


Your choice of rail will depend on what matters most to you. All our rails are created to be discreet and practically invisible, but some are more discreet than others. If form is a matter of great importance then our Minirail® or our standard Cliprail system would be your choice as they are lightweight but are able to carry loads up to 55 lbs. per linear yard. However, if your need is to hang heavy artwork or work that requires anti theft devices then our J-Rail systems will handle that job quite nicely.


The Minirail® our most popular
Minirail® - The smallest rail in the world

The Minirail® has become our most popular rail system since its inception in 2004. It combines elegance with ease of use and yet can sustain weights of up to 55 lbs. per linear yard.

Sitting at a height of 5/8" (16 mm) it extends a mere 3/8" (9 mm) from the wall. This rail is the choice of rails for most architects and home owners. Available in white or silver and can be painted to match any wall color imaginable. Click here for more details.
The Minirail System
J Rail MAX installation for large artwork
The J Rail MAX System The J-Rail MAX - Our Herculean rail for those heavy items

Robust with clean lines and easy access to installing, rearranging or adding new artwork. The J-Rail Max holds up to 220 lbs per linear Yard! Add an additional hook to any frame that extends beyond 36" and you've just doubled your capacity.

The J-Rail has been a favorite choice of Galleries and Museums throughout the world and comes in both enamel oven-baked white or anodized silver. All our white rails can be prepped for painting. To learn more about this great system click here.




2. The Cords

Cords - Different lengths and different strengths for peace of mind


Our systems are dependent on the Stas Cords with the patented Cobrahead® technology. Each cord with the Cobra head was designed to allow you to place your artwork exactly where you want, when you want and how you want. There's no longer a need to feed all the cords at the start of a rail and move them over to the position desired. In fact, our cords allow you to add, subtract or rearrange any cord at anytime without laboring over small or large changes making the process of decorating your walls fast, simple and easy, truly giving you peace of mind.



Stas Perlon cords with the patented Cobrahead technology
Stas Perlon Cord with Cobrahead® - Strength that bears all the weight

The Minirail® has become our most popular rail system since its inception in 2004. It combines elegance with ease of use and yet can sustain weights of up to 55 lbs. per linear yard.

Sitting at a height of 5/8" (16 mm) it extends a mere 3/8" (9 mm) from the wall. This rail is the choice of rails for most architects and home owners. Available in white or silver and can be painted to match any wall color imaginable. Click here for more details.
stas hooks and cords with cobrahead technology
J Rail MAX installation for large artwork
The J Rail MAX System The J-Rail MAX - Our Herculean rail for those heavy items

Robust with clean lines and easy access to installing, rearranging or adding new artwork. The J-Rail Max holds up to 220 lbs per linear Yard! Add an additional hook to any frame that extends beyond 36" and you've just doubled your capacity.

The J-Rail has been a favorite choice of Galleries and Museums throughout the world and comes in both enamel oven-baked white or anodized silver. All our white rails can be prepped for painting. To learn more about this great system click here.




3. The Hooks

Hooks - Connecting the artwork to the cords is where it all comes together


The final piece of our system that brings everything together. Our most popular hook, the Zipper®, can sustain weights up to 44 pounds when used with our galvanized steel cords. If weight is less of an issue then the smart but sturdy Smartspring can do just fine with those jobs that require no more than 8 lbs. per hook. If safety is an issue then choose our new theft deterrent Zipper Pro which not only has a weight capacity of 44 pounds but also locks into place your artwork. This is great for high traffic areas or where theft may be an issue. Choose the right combination of hook and cord that fits your specific needs.


Patented hooks for different weight capacities. Choose which one best fits your needs.
Zipper, Zipper PRO or Smartspring?

The Zipper is our most popular as can sustain weights of up to 44 lbs on our steel cables and 33 lbs when used with our Perlon cords. Our Smartspring was devised for lighter works of art and can only be used with our Perlon cords.

The new Zipper PRO was developed for those in need of extra protection. Once the frame is clicked into place it will stay in place even in the event of sudden jolts or harsh movements. Click here for more details.
Hooks for our J Rail systems are light and sustain maximum weights.
The J Rail MAX System J Rail or J Rail MAX- Each system requires a different set of hangers.

Robust with clean lines and easy access to installing, rearranging or adding new artwork. The J-Rail Max holds up to 220 lbs per linear Yard! Add an additional hook to any frame that extends beyond 36" and you've just doubled your capacity.

The J-Rail has been a favorite choice of Galleries and Museums throughout the world and comes in both enamel oven-baked white or anodized silver. All our white rails can be prepped for painting. To learn more about this great system click here.








Minirail
Smallest in the world
Cliprail
Most Economical
J Rail Max
Our heavy weight
Cliprail PRO
Professional/Industrial
Weight capacity
55 lbs per 39 3/8"
(25kg)
44 lbs per 39 3/8"
(20 kg)
220 lbs per 39 3/8"
(100 kg)
99 lbs per 39 3/8"
(45 kg)
Mount on
Wall Wall Wall Wall
Color White or silver White or silver White or silver White or silver
Size (w x h)
3/8 x 5/8"
(9 x 16 mm)
5/16 x 1"
(8,2 x 25 mm)
3/8 x 13/16"
(9 x 20 mm)
7/16 x 1 1/8"
(11 x 28 mm)
Mounting instructions Minirail Brochure
Cliprail Standard pdf file
Stas picture hanging J rail max
Stas picture hanging Cliprail Pro
Videos
Minirail youtube video
Cliprail Video Stas picture hanging J rail max video
Stas picture hanging clip rail pro video








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Each rail system has been uniquely designed to perform a specific function or to resolve a particular issue. Although one solution may seem a perfect fit for your needs that may not necessarily be the case unless every issue has been presented and fully discussed. Our staff has the knowledge and understanding of what are the most important questions to ask when choosing the right system for you. By clicking below and submitting your requests one of our specialists will help you in choosing which system will provide the most satisfaction.


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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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