The Do’s and Don’ts of Artwork Installation

Art Installer taking all of the necessary steps needed to ensure safely installing fine artWhen it comes to installing fine art, you may be able to get away with using a hammer and a nail to hang less expensive paintings and prints around the house on your own. But if you’re seriously looking to ensure the preservation and safety of your pieces, larger measures need to be taken. Each step taken during installation is important, especially for fine art pieces. In the end, it’s best to hire a professional who has the right experience, tools, equipment, and manpower to get the job done the right way. 

We’ve broken down some important do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when installing your fine art.

Don’t: Cut corners when installing your art. An easy-way-out may ruin your piece.
Do: Ensure that all the proper steps are taken so that your art is installed safely and securely. This includes using the proper tools, equipment, materials, and finding the right location.

Don’t: Force pieces through a doorway or other entrance where the art may not fit. This may damage your art before you even begin the process of installation.
Do: Hire an experienced art handler who will use specialized equipment and processes in order to find and use the proper access point.

Don’t: Try to install or move heavy pieces on your own. You can risk damaging your art or injuring yourself in the process.
Do: Transport and install heavier pieces using rigging or cranes to lift.

Don’t: Rule out displaying your art at greater heights. When you attempt an installation by yourself, your options may be limited.
Do: Hire teams like Art Work FAS that are experts when it comes to heights requiring scaffolding, lifts, or working in stairwells.

Don’t: Ignore the importance of location. This is another sure way to damage your piece and risk the safety of others.
Do: Pay attention to if the artwork needs a special mount, such as earthquake proofing, or UV protection. If it’s outdoors, it may also require weatherproofing.

And our most important tip…

Don’t: Attempt to install valuable, fine art by yourself.
Do: It’s best to leave it to the professionals who have experience in the installation of both simple and complex fine art. At Art Work FAS, we have been installing fine art work for nearly 30 years, and we know to meet challenges and provide long-lasting solutions.

Art Work Fine Art Services serves as the trusted logistics partner to some of America’s most highly-regarded museums, galleries, collectors, and artists. We specialize in expert and custom solutions for installing fine art. Our team is comprised of passionate experts in many mediums, including design, painting, printmaking, carpentry, photography, and sculpture. Art Work FAS offers services in Portland and Seattle, in addition to California’s Bay Area and Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, New York City, and across the Rocky Mountains.  To request an estimate or find out more about the services Art Work Fine Art Services offers, visit

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