Having a banner made of quality material and well-designed graphics is an important start to creating aesthetically pleasing signage – but the job doesn’t stop as soon as the banner leaves the production table. In fact, one of the most important steps in the signage process is installation. When it comes to banners, installation can mean anything from setting up a banner stand to retractable displays or, most commonly, hanging the banner with grommets.
Choose a location.
Where your banner is going to be placed and the resources available has a huge impact on how your banner is going to hang. We recommend choosing a location before coming up with a design and measurements so that you can be certain that there won’t be any surprises when it comes time for installation.
When choosing the location, be sure to avoid areas that are dirty, uneven, or contain sharp edges that could tear the banner.
Measure out equal distances between grommets.
In order for your sign to hang straight and even, you’ll need equally spaced grommets so that the rope will go straight through or bungees will pull evenly on the edges. If grommet holes are too far off, it can cause gaps and sagging in the edges of the banner, which creates a wrinkled appearance.
Weave rope through the grommets.
After all of the grommet holes are measured out and applied, loop the rope through the holes of the banner. Be sure to leave enough room to tie off the rope on hooks or poles. It’s always better to have too much than too little; remember that you can always cut more off but you can’t add back rope once it’s gone.
Mount nails, hooks, or poles.
Depending on where you’re going to be hanging the banner, this next step varies slightly. While nails are generally better for banners mounted directly to the wall, hooks provide a variety of hanging options from across doorways, from ceiling, or between poles.
Secure the grommets to the banner.
Whether you’re nailing the banner directly to the wall or tying the rope to hooks on a wall, ceiling, or poles, you want to make sure that the banner is truly secure and that the rope is pulled tight so as to give it the most seamless look possible.
Optional: Add bungee cords for extra security.
While indoor banners are generally not going to experience any wind resistance, this is not always the case for outdoor banners, which are exposed to all sorts of elements. If your banner is going to be outdoors, rope will give the sign structure while the bungee cords allow a little more give in the cases of strong winds, lengthening the banners lifetime and resistance to wear and tear.
If your location doesn’t allow for easily hanging banners or there are restrictions on what can be hung from walls and ceilings, don’t worry. There are a variety of types of banners and banner materials that leave options open for virtually any environment.
If you’re in need of help designing or hanging a banner, contact us and our team will be happy to assist.