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How to Hang Instruments on a Wall

Hanging instruments on the wall can be a practical storage solution, a unique take on wall art, or both at once. There are a number of ways to hang instruments on a wall depending on their purpose. Here’s an overview of the most common solutions, from ILevel’s expert staff.

Before you hang your instruments on the wall, it’s wise to first ask yourself these questions:

  • Do they need to be accessible for use?
  • Are they valuable collectibles?
  • Are they primarily decorative?

If your instruments need to be accessible, then the layout needs to look good, but also allow you to easily remove one or more instruments at the same time without affecting the others. Valuable instruments or collectibles means that the hardware shouldn’t be able to damage the surface or integrity of the instrument.

How to Hang Instruments on a Wall When They’re for Playing

Guitars are probably the most common instrument our clients ask us to hang, as many guitarists have multiple guitars for different sounds and need them all to be easily accessible. In these cases, the best option is to hang guitars with commercially available guitar brackets like the ones pictured below. They are available with padded, flexible arms that can be adjusted to different shaped instruments. This type of bracket is also available for brass instruments, string instruments, etc.

hanging instruments on a wall

Hanging Collectible Instruments on a Wall

Collectible instruments (not for playing) are often framed before hanging, which protect them from damage and reduces the need for cleaning, like the autographed Coldplay guitar below.

For oddly shaped antique instruments, tribal instruments, and the like, custom wall-mount armatures or tabletop display stands can be made, or they can also be framed, or displayed in an acrylic pedestal vitrine as they would in a museum.

For both methods of hanging instruments on the wall, the tools required are fairly standard.

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Blue tape
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Paint markers or wall paint to change the color of any unsightly hardware

For more help with hanging instruments or any other sort of art or objects, get in touch with us at info@ilevel.biz. 


Wall Art Trends: What’s In and What’s Out for 2016

If revamping your home is on your list of new year’s resolutions, one of the best and easiest places to start is by sprucing up your walls. Wall art is among the most personal and versatile elements of home decor, and an area where you can truly have fun and express your style. This year is shaping up to be an especially fun one when it comes to wall decor trends, too–it’s been years (maybe decades even), since so many diverse, mixed-media styles were considered this chic. Before you start your wall art shopping, check out this list of what’s in and what’s out when it comes to wall art this year.

What’s Out:

wall art trends

Marquee letters. After years of these industrial-style letters being a must-have for gallery walls, nurseries, and loft spaces, it’s time to dim the lights on the marquee trend.

Framed quotes. Like marquee letters, this overdone typography-inspired trend is waning for 2016.

Preppy geometrics. Preppy geometric pints like quatrefoil, chevron, and trellises, which have been at the forefront of trends in everything from textiles, to ceramic tiles to wall art for the past five years are on their way out in 2015. If you have walls currently sporting one of these motifs, it’s time to swap out your art.

What’s In:


Macrame wall hangings. Chalk it up to the popularity of the maker movement, but the 70s-style woven wall art is back. When it comes to this style, we think the bigger the better: use macrame wall art like you would a tapestry, using it to anchor furniture or occupy a large blank space.

Silhouette prints. One look at your favorite design blog will tell you that old-fashioned silhouette style prints are shaping up to be the year’s biggest wall art trend. It’s also an easy and inexpensive trend to incorporate: look for vintage silhouettes at thrift or antique stores, download and print images from sellers on Etsy, or trace and cut out your own from black paper.

Abstract geometrics. Abstract geometric prints are picking up where preppy ones left off. Sure, you can splurge on a piece that’s a few thousand dollars, but our favorite part about this trend is how easy it is to DIY.




7 Inexpensive Wall Art Ideas

Art is typically thought of as an investment piece — something that’s expensive, high-quality, and meant to last a lifetime. While it’s wonderful to be able to collect one-of-a-kind works, not everyone can afford the high price tag that can  come with them. And even those that do own extensive art collections often need filler pieces.

So where do you find wall art that doesn’t cost a small fortune? Plenty of places. All it takes is a little creativity to find or create beautiful pieces for your walls.

Get in touch with your artistic side and save $3000 on this Dwell Studio painting.

Get in touch with your artistic side and save $3000 on this Dwell Studio painting.

  1. Buy an art book. Even replica prints of famous artworks can go for hundreds of dollars. For an inexpensive alternative that will give you enough pictures to decorate your entire home, buy an art book with images you love. Then, simply tear them out and frame them.
  2. Look on Etsy. Etsy offers work from thousands of artisans, spanning all genres and price points. Many times, it’s possible to find items similar to those sold for hundreds or thousands of dollars at a fraction of the price. There are even artists who sell PDF files of their work for as little as $5, which you can then send to a printer or print at home.
  3. Head to the flea market. Vintage art, books, postcards, and photographs all make for original, inexpensive art when framed. Look for pieces you can mix in with works you already own to create an eclectic, personal vibe.
  4. Try DIY. There are thousands of wall art tutorials on blogs and sites like Pinterest, many of which take as little as 15 minutes and minimal skill. Or, attempt to recreate a piece you love on your own. The abstract-geometric art trend, which can be found in mass market retailers like West Elm and at Dwell Studio selling for hundreds of dollars can easily be recreated with a canvas and a tube of acrylic paint.
  5. Look to textiles. Textiles are often works of art in and of themselves. Search for a designer print you love–a few of our favorite design houses include Schumacher, Scalamandre, and Thibault–and order a swatch or a half a yard (you can often place small orders through Etsy dealers or a local fabric store), then frame it.
  6. Or wallpaper. Even more inexpensive than textiles? Designer wallpaper. Frame a few complimentary designs and sprinkle them through a gallery wall among other art and photos.
  7. Frame mementos. This is an especially fun approach for a child’s room or family room. Frame mementos – like a first handprint, a swatch from a baby blanket, or a wedding invitation to create a personal display.

Have a creative, inexpensive ideas for wall art? Share it below!