Standoff Installation Guide
The most affordable and basic way to enjoy a Living Effects decorative screen is simply to hang it upon a wall as decorative wall art. Hanging a screen flat against the wall would seem to be the most obvious method, but it is also the least flattering. Screens are more three-dimensional artworks than flat canvases, so you want to make the most of the sculptural aspects of the inner cut-outs by hanging it a few millimeters from the wall, creating shadows, depth, and ultimately more of a visual impact in your home.
The standoff is a small two-piece bolt that has one bottom barrel that screws into the wall, and one top, flat-head piece that screws into the top of the screen and screws through to the bottom barrel. Two plastic washers sandwich the screen in between the two main pieces just to give it extra grip and protect the screen surface. It looks like this:
Standoffs come in many a variety of sizes and materials, such as: brass polished chrome or gold; brass satin chrome, silver, or gold; and in aluminium satin, blue, black, chrome silver, and satin silver. They should be matched to the color of your screen or interior decorating scheme.
The larger the screen the more standoffs required, so we recommend one standoff per every 600 millimeters. If you purchase a standard sized screens, this equates to:
|600mm x 1200mm Screens:||
|1200mm x 1200mm Screens:||8 Standoffs|
|1800mm x 1200mm Screens:||
|2400mm x 1200mm Screens:||
|3600mm x 1200mm Screens:||
Installing a screen onto a wall using standoffs is easy and will only take a few minutes work, though it's best to have an extra pair of helping hands to help you hold the screen in place for marking and screwing it into place. Here's how:
- Place the screen on a wall and mark your drilling points.
- Drill the marked holes in the screen.
- Drill or awn a hole in the wall. Drill hard materials like concrete and awn into drywalls. The harder the wall, the stronger the anchor will be once it has expanded inside the wall.
- Insert the nylon anchors that come with each standoff into the wall holes.
- Screw through the long, bottom bit of the standoff into the nylon wall anchor.
- Place a washer on the standoff cap screw and pass it through the screen holes, then add another washer onto the same screw before bolting all together in the bottom standoff barrel.
- Panels can be handled and installed using standard woodworking tools. They can be cut to size using a hand or power saw, and nailed, screwed or glued. Ideally complete all cutting and drilling prior to installation, and apply appropriate protective coatings to all raw surfaces.
- As a natural product, timber expands or contracts during different weather conditions. Therefore we recommend a gap of at least 2mm be allowed between screens to allow for natural movement.
- Living Effects Screens are NOT A STRUCTURAL PRODUCT and should not be used for load bearing or reinforcement. all installation should be onto an appropriate frame or backing.
- We recommend our screens are secured around all perimeters to a frame or backing at minimum 300mm centres, with fastenings no less than 12 mm from the edge of the screen. If preferred, the screens can be glued to the frames and clamped untill cured, using high grade, waterproof builder’s adhesive.