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Float On

(August 2014) posted on Wed Jul 23, 2014

A standard framed print receives a ‘floating’ refresh.

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Step 6 Wrapping it Up
After the decal was completely applied to the front of the board, we flipped it over to finish the installation. The decal was wrapped around the edges of the board and adhered to the back to cover the exposed foam. When this was complete, we had the advantage of a light, durable board without the appearance of unfinished edges. A plastic squeegee was used this time since it allowed us to apply more pressure for a strong seal, and no one can see the back once the image is hung up.

Step 7 Preparing the Cleats
We custom-cut cleats here by taking a piece of Gatorfoam up to 1-inch thick (or as desired) and cutting it in half with a table saw set at a 45-degree angle. Two pieces formed the hanging bracket, and a third piece was cut for the bottom to keep the print hanging parallel to the wall. We applied double-sided tape and silicone to the pieces being installed to the board; the tape held them in place while the adhesive dried.

Step 8 Consistency is Key
We learned early on that it’s important to be consistent in how you cut and install the cleats. Always doing it the same way makes it easier for installers onsite, and will allow you to replace an image if needed; the replacement can then one hang exactly where the old one did. (We often install more than one image in a room, and it’s very obvious if the image is changed and suddenly it’s out of line with the rest because the bracket wasn’t the same. For these reasons, we always cut them the same size and use a guide to ensure they’re installed the same way every time.) Finally, the matching wall portion of the bracket was masking-taped in place for transport, and then it was ready to be placed on the wall.

Step 9 Check, Check
At the install site, the installer measured out placement of the images, then took a second set of measurements and marks where the actual cleats would go. The cleat was taped in place and checked with a level. Once everything checked out, the wall bracket was screwed into place.

Step 10 All Hung Up
It was time to hang the picture. The two 45-degree-angle pieces slid together and the picture was held to the wall by its own weight with no obvious signs of what’s holding the print in front of the wall. It can’t fall down on its own, but can be removed in a second if needed.

RJ Orr is vice president of sales for bluemedia ( in Tempe, Arizona.