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Beehive Picture Hangers | A Smart Re-Thinking To Solve A Common Problem

By Kishore Sawh on February 17th 2015

 

**Updated January 20th, 2016** Beehive Picture Hanger is no longer a Kickstarter project! You can order their hangers on their website here.

There are those who hold the belief that a picture isn’t finished until it’s printed or developed. Now, in today’s world, that doesn’t spell well for most of us photographers. I dare say if that would be the case, then many of us have never made a picture. Irony and jokes aside, there isn’t anything quite like creating an image, and having it printed or developed, and especially at a larger size.

I’ve mentioned on many, but probably still too few occasions, how much I advise any and everyone to continue to print their images, even at smaller sizes, and to print a few large. As wonderful as images look on a screen, there’s still that ironically intangible quality of a tangible photo that can’t be replicated. It’s also a very effective way to spur some creativity and re-invigorate your photography if you’re in a bit of a slump.

As plentiful and beautiful are the rewards for making sizable prints, there is a bruised side to this otherwise blemish-free apple of a reward. If you are in the practice of printing, mounting, or framing your images and then hanging them, you’re quite likely hyper-aware of the nuisance that hanging a frame or canvas, or anything, can be. There’s the measuring, the constant stepping back to re-evaluate, the leveling, the hammering, the realizing you’re half an inch off and need to make new holes, and then even the hanging by a wire sometimes is an irritant. But such is the nature of the process, as it’s been done for eons. There’s a new invention that is hoping to be the single solution to address all these problems, called Beehive Picture Hangers, and they may do to frames what swiveling wheels did to luggage.

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Beehive Picture Hangers are a complete re-imagining of the picture-hanging process. While they are a device on their own, they work as a brilliant system, which seems like it takes the pain out of the process. It eliminates the need for measuring, and the honeycomb patented design lets you reposition the frame in up to 143 different points.

Here are the 4 steps in how they work:

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The support pins are made so they won’t interfere with plumbing or cabling in your walls since it won’t fully pierce through the thickness of most drywall, and support a weight of up to 30lbs – and you won’t need to worry about studs and using a stud-finder. Between the lack of measuring, the readjustable nature of the honeycomb, and the lack of wires, it only take a few minutes to mount.

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Thoughts

Having been on a little refurnishing and minor DIY construction spree lately, something like this appeals to the very core of my being. If it was a month ago, I may have been less appreciative, but having just gone through the mess of creating shelves and hanging frames and so forth, I’m annoyed at how easy this would’ve made life. While I don’t think it will entirely replace the need for using a level, it appears they would cut out 90% of the headache. And most phones have level apps that work quite well and easily anyway.

If you want them, for the moment, you’ll have to do it via Kickstarter, and that campaign began today. You can learn more about this family-created project, and see what it takes to get them from their launch page, and what rewards are being offered. It’s worth looking at, even if just to see how effective a re-thinking of something that’s been common for ages can be. Pretty cool.  Check out the video below and more specifics here.

About

A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Kevin Jones

    Not to throw a bummer your way, but I have been selling these for about a year now. I am certain they were copywritered already! yikes!! I’d have a lawyer work through and see what he thinks. I have been doing business with them for over a year.

    -kevinj

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    • Eric Mazzone

      Same company. They pulled the license from the vendor for not doing enough to market them. Then they redesigned them and did a kickstarter to sell them themselves. So here’s your bummer.

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  2. Tosh Cuellar

    Cool product, very clever

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  3. Joshua Grasso

    one of those simple clever ideas that makes me mad at myself for not being creative enough to think of it. Looks pretty awesome

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  4. Ahmed Abu Rshaid

    Wouldn’t you still need to make measurements first, just to make sure that the frame is going to be leveled before pressing the frame and putting the pins?

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    • Eric Mazzone

      Not really. The magic comes from the fact that there’s plenty of holes on the mounting piece so you can make minor adjustments to get it level after mounting it. You mount them to the back of the frame, hold it up to the wall to see alignment, press the corners to make the hanging spot, put the nails, and hang making micro adjustments to taste.

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  5. Peter McWade

    Sign me up.

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  6. Eric Mazzone

    I came across this a couple of days ago and have been eagerly awaiting the kickoff of the kickstarter. They did have these out a few years ago, BUT the group that licensed the product didn’t do much with it, this kickstarter is so the devs to start their own production under their terms. I work at Home Depot too in hardware and sell so many picture hangers, I’ve been telling people about these since I first heard of them.

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  7. David Blanchard

    All well and good if you use wooden frames. If you use metal frames they seem useless. This could probably be remedied with a modified design.

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    • aaron febbo

      You can mount them with a glue epoxy. I used to do alarm systems and we had this glue that would stick to anything and the hold on it was ridiculous.

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    • Kishore Sawh

      Hi David, the team is currently developing a variant for use with frames other than wood, and they are screw-less. I would presume a quick roll-out soon after this one gathers ground.

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  8. aaron febbo

    How long have we been hanging pictures seriously ? I feel like we should have had this hanger a long time ago ! Really cool design. I’d buy it !

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    • Stephen Jennings

      Such a cool little invention, but I thought the same exact thing when I was on the kickstarter site. Surely, somewhere, someone had to have thought of this? Guess not..

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    • David Hall

      Well, I guess there’s plenty of “thinkers”… and only a few “doers”. There’s probably someone out there saying, “Hey, I thought of that. Wish I had patented it”. Oh well, someone beat you too it.

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  9. Chris Nigul

    I don’t know… Those pins in the drywall?!

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  10. Daniel Thullen

    Kishore, thank for bringing this to our attention. I think the Bigelows are on to something big! Looks like I have an excuse to get my wife to let me hang more of my photographs since this appears to end the excess holes in the walls (and of course the bickering that results.)

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  11. Steven Pellegrino

    Wow! I never thought I’d be excited about a way to hang artwork on the wall, but this is fantastic. I have so many uneven photos hanging in my office, it’s embarrassing. I’m not enthusiastic about kickstarter projects, but I’m jumping on this one.

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    • Kishore Sawh

      Steven, i am in the same boat. The internet sort of makes us jaded, but this actually excited me. I like the familial aspect to the business too, and clearly they are on their way.

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