STAS picture rails: a comparison in carrying capacity

STAS picture rails: a comparison in carrying capacity

How much weight can I hang with a STAS picture rails?


At STAS we offer many types of picture rails in different lengths, colours, sizes and .. carrying capacity! The carrying capacity of a STAS picture rails is a very important factor to keep in mind when making an informed choice in our range. Because what do you want to hang up? Large mirrors and heavy frames quickly provide quite a lot of weight. The last thing you want is that a precious piece of decoration falls to the floor because it was too heavy for the picture rails. To create some more clarity about this, we will make a comparison of the picture rails in this blog based on the carrying capacity. Then you know for sure that you choose the right picture rails for hanging your wall decoration!


Picture rails with a carrying capacity of 20 kg per meter:


The STAS wooden rails

In addition to aluminum rails, STAS also offers wooden rails. Two distinctive models, suitable for any interior! The STAS windsor is elegant and traditional, the STAS riva has a more robust look and feel. Both models are easy to use and each has its own profile for which suitable hooks are available. The STAS wooden rails are made of Ayous wood and FSC certificated. Ayous wood differs from other wood because it does not deform or splinter, and it is perfect to repaint because of the smooth texture of the wood. The STAS wooden rails can be mounted screwed, nailed and glued*


*The weight capacity of a glued rails is highly dependent on the surface, so care must be taken here. More information on how to best glue our wooden rails can be found on our website.


STAS windsor & riva

The STAS plasterrail

The STAS plasterrail is not only very functional, but also invisible! The STAS plasterrail is the only hanging system that can be fully integrated into a new wall to be built or stuccoed. This makes the STAS plasterrail also ideal for new construction projects. The STAS plasterrail is made of galvanized steel and has a size of 250 cm. The rail must be punched into the untreated rough wall using nails. When this has happened, the rail can be integrated with the wall. In order to prevent the gutter from getting trapped in the rail with limescale, a build-up wire must first be placed in the gutter. Immediately after plastering you can carefully remove the string so that the stucco dries nicely.


STAS plasterrail

The STAS u-rail

The STAS u-rail has been specially developed for system ceilings. The rail can be easily and almost invisibly mounted on the side rail of a system ceiling. A system ceiling becomes a flexible hanging system with only a small adjustment! The STAS u-rail is ideal for use in offices, schools and healthcare facilities. The STAS u-rail is available in the colours white and black and in lengths of 150, 200, 250 or 300 cm.


STAS u-rail

Rail systems with a carrying capacity of 25 kg per meter:


The STAS minirail

The STAS minirail is characterized by an exceptionally narrow shape and an innovative mounting method. The rail is only 16 mm high, but can still carry 25 kg per meter. Thanks to a handy screw, the STAS clip screw, you can easily mount the STAS minirail to the wall. The STAS minirail is perfect when you are looking for an elegant and discrete picture rail! The STAS minirail is available in the colours white and aluminium and in lengths of 150 and 250 cm.


STAS minirail

The STAS cliprail max

The STAS cliprail max is a hanging system for the perfectionist. The nice thing about this picture rail is that it features a top rim that connects with your ceiling. Without any gaps! With this system, your ceiling, wall and picture hanging system smoothly unite. With a little help of the STAS clip screw you can easily mount the STAS cliprail max on the wall. The STAS cliprail max is available in the colours white and aluminium, and in lengths of 150 or 200 cm.


STAS cliprail max

The STAS j-rail

The STAS j-rail is based on the shape of indeed.. the letter J! Thanks to this shape, the rail can be combined in many ways with hooks, cords and even rods. The use of a rod instead of a cord or steel cable makes moving and changing art on high walls very easy. A ladder is not necessary because the rod can be lifted from below out of the picture rail. This makes the STAS j-rail, with its somewhat industrial appearance, a nice picture hanging system for galleries and business premises. The STAS j-rail is available in the colours silver and white and in lengths of 150 or 200 cm.


STAS j-rail

Picture rails with a carrying capacity of 45 kg per meter:


The STAS cliprail pro

The STAS cliprail pro is, thanks to a thick-walled profile, extremely suitable for hanging heavier objects. Despite this great carrying capacity, the STAS cliprail pro is an elegant and discrete picture rail, suitable for public spaces but also just as well for homes. With the railclip the STAS cliprail pro is easily to be mounted. The STAS cliprail pro is available in the colours white and aluminium and in lengths of 150 and 200 cm.


STAS cliprail pro

The STAS multirail

The STAS multirail is a worldwide patented picture hanging system with an integrated lighting rail. A hanging system and painting lighting in one. 12V voltage wires are integrated into the rail. Different STAS fixtures can then easily be clicked into the rail at any desired location in order to highlight wall decoration with LED or halogen. The combination with LED lamps makes the STAS multirail extremely energy-efficient. The STAS multirail is available in the colours silver and white, and in a length of 200 cm.


STAS multirail

Picture rails with a carrying capacity of 100 kg per meter:


De STAS j-rail max

The STAS j-rail max is a heavyweight champion! The thick-walled profile of the STAS j-rail max can carry up to 100 kg per meter. The STAS j-rail max is combined with rods instead of cords.This makes moving and changing art on high walls very easy. A staircase is not necessary because the rod can be lifted from below out of the picture rail. The STAS j-rail max system is also available with theft-delayed security and is frequently used in galleries and museums. The STAS j-rail max is available in the colours silver and white, and in lengths of 150 and 200 cm.


STAS j-rail max

Carrying capacity of hooks and cords

We have now explained the carrying capacity of our picture rails. Unfortunately, with only rails you are not quite there yet. To hang wall decorations you will also need hooks and cords. STAS offers many hooks and cords, with different bearing capacities.


STAS perlon cord with cobra

The STAS perlon cord with cobra is suitable for most rail systems with the exception of the j-rail, j-rail max, plasterrail and wooden rails. The perlon cord is nearly invisible and in combination with the STAS smartspring it can carry up to 4 kg and with the STAS zipper up to 15 kg per cord.


STAS steel cable with cobra

The STAS steelcable with cobra is suitable for most rail systems with the exception of the j-rail, j-rail max, plasterrail and wooden rails. The steel cable is suitable for hanging heavier wall decorations with the STAS zipper up to 20 kg per cable. The STAS black steel cable with cobra and the STAS white steel cable with cobra can carry up to 10 kg per cable.


Hooks and cords with STAS cobra

Hooks and cords for the STAS j-rail:


STAS perlon cord with loop

STAS steel cable with loop

STAS j-rail S-hook

STAS j-rail cylinder hook


J-rail hooks and cords

Hooks and cords for the STAS j-rail max:


STAS j-rail max steel rod 4x4 + hook

STAS j-rail max steel rod 4x4 + theft delaying security hook + cap

STAS j-rail max steel rod 4x10 + hook


J-rail max hooks and cords

Hooks and cords for the STAS plasterrail:


STAS plaster rail S-hook chrome with STAS perlon cord with loop or with STAS steel cable with loop


STAS plasterrail hooks and cords

Hooks and cords for the STAS wooden picture rails:

For the STAS wooden picture rails there are 2 different hooks available. For the STAS windsor is the STAS moulding hook windsor available, and for the STAS riva we have the STAS riva moulding hook. Both hooks have a carrying capacity of 20 kg and can be combined with the cords and hooks below. The different hook-cord combinations provide a difference in carrying capacity.
STAS windsor and riva hooks
STAS windsor and riva hooks and cords

In brief..

The total weight you want to hang up may never be more than the rails per linear meter can carry. Of course you can use multiple hooks and cords to safely hang your wall decoration. For example: You have a total weight of 18 kg that you want to hang on the STAS wooden picture rails. For this weight, one STAS moulding hook windsor with a perlon cord with loop and a STAS zipper, would not be enough. A good solution is to use 2 STAS moulding hook windsor with a perlon cord with loop as well as 2 STAS zippers.


We hope to have made it a bit clearer for you! If you still struggle with picking out a picture hanging system, do not hesitate to contact us. We are glad to help!


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