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The team at Ampfab have many years experience in the bespoke design, manufacture and installation of bespoke designed and built storage solutions for a wide variety of markets, with particular specialty in the museums and art handling sectors.

From initial on-site consultation right through the design process and onto manufacture and installation, Ampfab can handle the entire storage solution project or any part of it. Why not contact our team for professional advice today.

+44 161 620 7250

+44 161 620 7251


Ampfab Ltd.

Sun Iron Works, Ward Street, Chadderton

Oldham, OL9 9EX

Helpful Picture Racking Guide

What type of picture racking do you need?

Just figuring out where to start with your picture and art storage requirements can be a daunting prospect but knowing which type of storage system best suits your needs is a good place to begin and this helpful picture racking guide will hopefully get you started.

There are two standard types of picture racking; top supported and bottom supported. A brief description is given here of each type of art storage system and the factors that dictate their suitability.

Don’t forget to check that your chosen supplier is the designer,manufacturer and installer of your desired system or you could find your project going through more than one calculator!

Top Supported Picture Racking

This is the most common type of picture racking system and is usually the most cost effective.

The pull out mesh panels are supported from above by a steel mainframe  designed to offer support independently of the room in which it is built. The only structural constraint with this type of picture storage is the point loading for the legs; there must be sufficient structural support in the floor to withstand the loads on each leg.

AMP Fab will calculate point loadings and offer advice on any issues with floors and location. If the AMP Fab team foresee any problems they will recommend solutions to overcome them; especially floors that have a poor capacity for localised weight loading. Solutions may include incorporating larger base plates on the racking uprights, increasing the number of uprights or creating load spreading channels; using one or more of these solutions in the design of the picture racking can usually solve any problem.

In some instances, if made from concrete or brick and reasonably level, picture racking track can be fitted directly to the ceiling. This negates the need for a main frame and allows the top track to be boxed-in, creating a neat and aesthetically pleasing finish; as shown above; this picture racking also has front fascias fitted to each pull-out panel.

Floor Supported Picture Racking

This type of art racking is recommended when point floor loading is not possible and an evenly distributed load is required, here our helpful picture racking guide tells you more.

This type of picture racking is common when the art storage installation is not on a ground or basement floor, where the floor is weak or where the structural integrity of the floor cannot be properly ascertained.

Each picture racking panel is fitted with a set of floor rollers that are designed to run along track laid either on or in the floor; dependent on the final finish required. Guide tracks are also required above the picture racking; as these are not load bearing, they can be fitted directly to the ceiling or to a lightweight frame if a ceiling fix is unsuitable.

If the floor is uneven, the tracks are mounted on timber battens to ensure the picture racking is level and the panels do not roll in or out.

The picture racking track can be very neatly ensconced within the floor and ceiling: As the rollers are fitted within each art panel they are not visible and the whole unit has very clean lines.

Floor supported picture racking tends to be slightly more expensive than top supported picture racking, but it is extremely smooth running and instantly addresses any issues with weight loading on the floor.

If you have been unable to glean enough information from our helpful picture racking guide please get in touch for an informal chat.

Freespace system

The Freespace system is unique to Ampfab and was designed due to frequent requests to provide a system that had no track above or below in the viewing area, no other company designs, manufactures and installs this type of system so if you have the security requirement or to fulfill the aesthetic  demands of a system that can be enclosed behind a screen or doors this is the one for you.


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