• Which system is most suited to my walls?
  • How do I select items that work together?
  • Should the track run from corner to corner and over doors and windows? 
  • How do I describe which components I want?
  • Do I have to make the hangers myself?
  • Do the hangers come in different lengths?
  • What is the maximum weight restriction on the cables and the tracking?
  • How do I install the Locator Extra so it touches the ceiling?
  • Does each picture require one or two cables?


Which system is right for me?

There are several systems for you to choose from, each product section has a description of each system and its possible applications, consider whether you are using it for private or commercial use, the weight and approximate number of the pieces you will be hanging and the approximate length of the walls.

How do I select items that work together?

For a complete system you will need RAIL, HANGERS and HOOKS. Match the hanger colour, in the case of stainless steel and nylon cable this will be just the top bracket, to the rail, usually indicated by the last letter in the code i.e. BOW and BR15W (W=White).

The hanger length is indicated by the number in the item code i.e. AN15W meaning 1.5m. Is this long enough for your requirements? The bottom of the hanger needs to come down to at least chest level, as this would usually be the lowest point at which you would place your hook. Remember that stainless steel and nylon cables can be coiled up and hidden or cut off if they are too long but it is not desirable to have a rigid hanger visible beneath the picture.

The description by each hook tells you with which hanger it is compatible. When joining two lengths of Locator classic top rail, you will need a connector (LC), and if the end of the rail is exposed you need some endcaps, available to match the colour of the top rail (white or silver).

How much do I need?

There are two ways to measure how many rails you require. One is simply to measure each wall, in metres, add them all together, and divide by 2, (each rail is 2m long). When doing this you MUST add between 5 and 10% to the total, otherwise on the last section of wall you'll be fixing a long line of short offcuts together.

The preferred method is take each wall as a separate section. Say your first wall is 4.5m, you will need 1x 2m and 1x 3m rails leaving .5m of offcut. When measuring the next wall and it's, say 3.5m, you will need 1 whole 3m rail and the .5m offcut. As you measure each wall, keep a note of the offcut size so you can use it where appropriate. If a wall is 2.2m long it is best to use a 3m length cut to the right size rather than a 2m rail with a short .2m off cutas a minimum of 2 fixings is required for any one length

We recommend using two hangers and hooks per picture, so estimate the likely number of pictures you'll be displaying at any one time and multiply by two. Bear in mind that hangers and hooks are always readily available so you can always order a few more if you need to. There is no minimum order or restrictions as everything is available individually. If you have more pictures than you could ever hang at once, and they're mostly of an average size, allow four hangers per rail. You may want twice as many hooks than hangers as you can hang pictures one above the other on the same hangers.

Should I continue the top rail over doors and windows?

In most cases we suggest you continue the top rail over door frames and windows, this is because it looks neater and won't impose on the display. If you were to break the top rail you would be using end caps on all open ends to finish it neatly.

How do I describe which component I want?

For all of our hanging systems we use the terms 'RAIL', 'HANGER', and 'HOOK'. These describe the main features that make up each system.

The RAIL (sometimes referred to as TOP RAIL), is simply the picture rail, to be fixed horizontally at, or near the top of the wall, sometimes on the ceiling, occasionally at an angle following a staircase or on the top edge of a partition.

The HANGER is the vertical piece that hangs from the RAIL, either a steel or brass rod, a stainless steel cable or a crystal clear nylon line, easily adjusted from side to side, on to which you place…

The HOOK. All of them easily adjustable up or down, and most of them self-locking (just let go and they stay in place), so you can position your pictures perfectly and easily.

Do I have to make the hangers myself?

No, we do that for you. All hangers are made to your specifications, we can advise you on the best type of hanger for your environment if need be.

Do the hangers come in different lengths?

Yes, we manufacture the hangers here and therefore can make them to any required length in increments of .5 of a metre starting at 1.5m. Please contact us for a free quotation. 1800 822 142

What is the maximum weight restriction on the Locator systems?

The Locator Classic, Extra & Minirail systems have a maximum weight capacity of 25kgs per lineal metre on the top rails, 10kgs per nylon hanger, 15kgs per steel hanger, the hooks have various maximum weight ratings which can be found in the description column on the product's info and pricing pages.

When using two hangers and two hooks for one picture (recommended for stability), you can double the maximum weight capacity.

The Avanti system is rated at 30kgs per lineal metre on the top rails, 10kgs per nylon hanger and 20kgs per stainless steel hanger again hooks can be found on the product's info and pricing pages.

How do I install it?

The skill level required is similar to that of putting up kitchen cabinets or a row of shelves.

1. Decide at which level you would like the rail. Check around the whole room/area to see if that works everywhere, it's better to have it all on one level. If there is a cornice then tight up against that is ideal; the rail is then almost invisible (especially if painted to match). If there is no cornice and the rail needs to be fixed so it is touching the ceiling then it is recommended that you use the 'Locator Extra system', otherwise the rail should be fixed a minimum of 20mm below the ceiling-line for the following reason; it's very difficult to physically drill the required holes so close to the ceiling. For very high ceilings you could, of course, install the rail much lower, due to the possibility that you may need to reposition the hangers frequently.

2. For the Avanti System level up the rail with a spirit level (where needed), and mark the holes. Drill the holes 35mm deep (6mm drill bit for masonry walls), insert suitable plug (plugs supplied for masonry as std, wall-mates can be used for plasterboard walls), and fix with screws supplied. When you have marked the holes for the adjoining rail, drill erring towards the previous rail. This will ensure the join is nice and tight (Avanti system only). Towards the end of one section or wall, make sure you won't be left with a section of rail long enough only for one fixing hole, you may need to cut the last two pieces and allow for at least two.

For the Avanti rails, once the rails are fixed, use the supplied screw-caps to conceal the screw-heads.

3. For the Locator systems simply draw a straight, level line at the chosen height, make two marks no less than 50mm in from either end of where the first rail will be, (to allow for the connector, LC), then four more marks evenly spaced between. Make sure the drill is horizontal so as to fasten the fixing bushes (supplied) flat to the wall, allowing for successful 'snapping' on of the rail. Where there is a long run of continuous Locator rail or it runs wall to wall, a notch can be cut from the back lip of the hanging channel, at one end of each rail if necessary, to facilitate the insertion of the standard hangers.

How do I install the Locator Extra so it touches the ceiling?

The Locator Extra system has an extended face which allows the user to install the rail in the corner of a square-set ceiling (no cornice). To get the perfect height of the fixings so that the rail touches the ceiling, the fixings should be installed to between 17-18mm centres from the ceiling line. The installer can of course use a template such as a piece of card for this, or of course a small piece of the rail turned over with a centre-line marked in the fixing cavity.

It is always a good idea to do a test piece before installing all of the fixings as it can vary a bit depending on the method used by the builder in setting the corners of the ceiling. The rail can be sealed after the installation is complete to conceal the small gap completely.

Can I use one hanger to hang a picture?

In all cases we recommend you use 2 hangers per single picture or vertical row of pictures and 2 hooks per picture. This will hold the picture straight and keep the whole display neat and tidy.

Small pictures use exactly the same theory as above. In a vertical display, if you use one hanger for a vertical row of small pictures the hanger will act as a pivot for the top pictures caused by the weight of the bottom one pulling away. The vertical row will look untidy.

What do I do with the excess hanger?

The excess of the hanger should be coiled up and tucked behind the picture, this way you are able to re-use the hangers when you change the display.

Can you hang clocks on a picture hanging system?

We have hung clocks successfully on the our systems before however there are a few things to consider: The centre of gravity on clocks due to depth versus height and the glass adding weight in the front can make the clock lean forward, the best thing to do as all clocks vary so much is to try it and see. Longer clocks (pendulum) will site straighter.