If you’re considering installing a new room addition or even a complete overhaul of your existing home theatre area, one option that is worth considering is the use of picture hanging rail systems. These are particularly useful if you wish to ‘hide’ bulky electronic equipment away from the view of your television screens. Picture rail systems are usually installed either on the walls themselves or on a central support that can be placed anywhere in your room and will provide a safe and secure platform for your TVs and other audio/visual equipment to hang. Depending on the design you opt for and the complexity of the job, it may be necessary to employ the services of a professional electrical contractor to install this system.
Picture Hanging Rail System
The advantages of a picture hanging rail system over traditional electrical entertainment centers are clear. Firstly, a picture system is less visible from the ground than conventional electrical ceiling fixtures, which means that more room can be set up for viewing. As these systems typically only require one cable to run between the screen and the supporting wall, there is also no need for an extension cord running up the walls. With less unsightly cables and less hassle with installation, a picture system can help to maximise the space that you have available in your home, and give you a more spacious, feature rich room that is as close to the TV wall as possible.
The type of picture hanging rail system that you ultimately choose will depend upon the overall design of your room. The most common types of system are those that are secured to the ceiling with aluminium brackets or fittings (sometimes called ‘dormers’). These are commonly used in modern living rooms and have the advantage that they are very slim and do not take up much space; they also tend to be quite light, making them easy to install. When choosing an aluminium rail, it is important to choose one that matches the design of the rest of the room. For example, if your wall frames and flooring are modern/contemporary, you might want to go for an aluminium model that complements this current decor. If your room looks traditional or more dated, a wooden version would be more suitable.