Hanging jackets on a wall.

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  1. Carlos840

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    Hi all,

    So, i am moving out of London, getting a new office and i want to cover a wall in leather jackets, the wall in question is 320cm wide and 320cm tall (10.5 feet).
    I have had a few ideas as to how to hang all that leather and this is my latest/best idea:

    I would hang three copper pipes horizontally on the wall using industrial brass fittings, and then use regular hangers to hang the jackets with the back to the wall, front facing out.
    Background wall would be painted grey, to give the best contrast possible and make taking pictures easier if need be.

    Here is a pic of the copper pipes and brass fixings on a grey background:
    (i also used these pipes as curtain rods, to mitigate the flex i put a wooden dowel inside the pipe)

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    And here it is with a jacket:

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    Thoughts?
    Can anyone think of a better way to achieve what i want to do?
    I think i can put three bars on the height of the wall, 4 jackets per bar, maybe 5 if i overlap a little.

    Any idea/criticism is welcome, thanks.
     
  2. Guppy

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    Check the weight rating of your wall anchors. Depending on the number of jackets, it can be a lot of weight, and you'll want to ensure that your anchor solution is rated for the load, plus some margin for safety.
     
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    The wall in question is made of brick, anchoring should not really be a problem.
    The reason i went for bars rather than single hooks for each jacket is so i can spread the load on the bar by using multiple anchor points.
    If the bar is 3 meter i can put an anchor every 50cm and have 7 anchor points spread throughout the bar.
     
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  4. jonbuilder

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    Good idea I doubt my wife would be happy if tried this in our family room
     
  5. Guppy

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    The other concern I would have is that the facing side of the jackets will be receiving light constantly and fade over time. Which could look terrible if the back side doesn't also fade to match.
     
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    Anti UV film will be applied on the windows, it blocks 99% of UV light and prevents all fading of art, fabrics, etc.
     
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  7. Dav

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    That's pretty much what I hang my jackets on, except I've used some wooden blocks to bring the pole out further as it's just for storage, works a treat.
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  8. JMax

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    I think you already developed a prime solution, down to the wall color and window film. I really like it. It will look awesome.

    Copper looks great. I imagine you’d have to clean the copper every once in a while. No idea how the tarnish would impact the leather. No biggie though. It’s worth it, I like copper.

    These jackets will continue to be worn, correct? If they are just to be displayed, some sort of shadow box that includes provenance, old pictures, vintage ads, etc., would be really cool. A bit pricier though
     
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  9. Guppy

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    While that's good, you should understand that 1% UV is still not 0, and who knows what the interior lighting is emitting, so I'd expect it will still fade somewhat, just not as quickly. With wall-hanging artwork, you generally are only concerned about looking at it from one side, and will never need to be concerned about the side facing the wall. One solution I'd recommend would be to make sure you rotate the jackets so that the front and back both receive equal exposure over time.
     
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    Make sure you get coordinated pool noodles!
     
  11. Carlos840

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    Would 1% UV be worth worrying about?
    Would that not be a ridiculously small amount compared to say riding with your back to the sun an entire day?
    It's not like we get 100% even coverage in everyday life whilst wearing them.
    Inside facings for example never get any direct sunlight on them and i have never noticed that they were darker than the back or the front of a jacket, even after years of wear.

    I think copper goes dark, but it doesn't stain once tarnished.
    The jackets would mostly still be worn, some will spend most of their time on there, but some will be rotated...
     
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  12. Guppy

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    I don't know. This is something that you'd only know by testing. I'd rather think about it ahead of time and take whatever steps seemed reasonable to mitigate a possible problem than not think about it and discover too late that I should have.

    When you wear the jacket in unfiltered daylight, you may not get 100% even exposure, but you're getting far more even exposure than something hanging flat on a wall will ever get.
     
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    I would suspect you want different ways to hang your jackets for variety? For example having a few spots like the corners to emphasise a specific jacket?

    Copper will only patina which is a fitting match the the suject in question :)
     
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  15. JMax

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    To display all of your jackets you will need a wall larger than the one at Fenway Park.
     
  16. Will Zach

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    Make sure no direct sunlight on the jackets. The UV in sunlight bleached the hell out of my black sofa. Became gray (after about 7 years of exposure). Good quality, Italian cowhide, too. Overall I like the idea of displaying the jackets, but be super-careful with sunlight.
     
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    I have no advice on how to do this as it's out of my depth.
    I'm just here to say that this is cool as hell and I can't wait to see it.
     
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    If the office will have fluorescent lights that will be on for many hours a day, check on the risk that they can cause fading as well. Had a green textile jacket get “bleached” this way. Many, many hours of exposure from about 1-2 meters away. Red colorants are known to be particularly susceptible to fading so would think about protecting brown and burgundy color leather especially.
     
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    This reminds me of the Alden shoes shop on Madison Avenue in NYC. It faces east and the windows get a fair amount of light. When I was there a decade ago they had a pair of tassel loafers in a the most beautiful brown colour. I was told later on a forum that apparently Alden didn't sell shoes in that colour: it was due to sun fading over years since they never changed their display, haha
     
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  20. mihai

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    @Carlos840

    I thought also about this, to hang down on a wall jackets, jeans. At least the ones in the current rotation.
    Besides the aesthetic aspect there are other advantages as making them easier to access/find.
    However I see some additional issues(besides the ones just exposed):
    - they will gather dust and will need frequent cleaning
    - some leather panels will stretch due to jacket's own weight
    - spending prolonged time in that room is not healthy as you inhale chemical substances/vapors from those jackets
     

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