FAQs for Screen Hangers / Screen Clips

Wondering how to hang your Japanese screen?  Here are a few answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.  Still not sure?  Feel free to email us or give us a call at 808-727-1820 - there are no stupid questions!

 

How do you attach the top screen hanging clip?

The top clip slides over the top edge of your screen.  Once in place, you can nail the clip into the wall in the pre-drilled hole.  The hole is drilled at an 45 degree angle so that it goes through the clip material but does not touch the artwork.  Here's a photo of how it looks once it's nailed in:

 

 

What tools do I need to install the byobu myself?

You'll need a hammer and to position where the clips go, you'll want a tape measure and a level (optional).  For safety's sake, please work with a partner so that you can lift the screen onto the clips without damaging the hinges.  You'll want to keep the screen as flat as you can and its weight evenly distributed while lifting it into place.

 

Do I need to hire an art installer?

No.  Most clients are able to install their byobu themselves, without any professional help.  However, if you prefer to hire a professional, they should be able to make quick work of it with these easy-to-install kits.

 

What color screen hanger should I choose?

For a standard screen with a black lacquer edge, we recommend using black clips. If your lacquer edging is a natural wood, orange, red, or other color, we recommend the clear clips.  Here's a few photos of how it looks on a colored edge:

    

 

Should I get the regular or wide size?

The regular size is perfectly suitable for most screens in good condition. 
Our wide clips were designed for screens that need more support at the hinge to keep it straight.  Some of the most common locations of damage are the delicate paper hinges that allow the byobu to fold.  Since the hinges are a "moving part", stress during moving and handling is often at this point.  The wider clips make sure to support either side of the hinge so that it stays flat and that its weight is distributed evenly.  If you have a damaged or antique screen, the wide clips are an excellent choice.

Isn't metal better than lucite for hanging my screen?

For over 25 years, our original design in lucite has stood the test of time by avoiding the pitfalls of many of the vintage metal holders that were commonly used in the past.  The lucite we use is a very high grade which gives it the strength and durability that will last for decades. 
Metal can provide strength but is prone to several negative attributes that manifest over the years.  Here's a quick overview of the differences between the two materials:

 

Problems with metal hangers

Benefits of lucite hangers

Rust

Rust can cause the type of damage that is irreversible or extremely costly to repair.

Inert

Acid-free and inert, it ensures that the material won't damage the artwork over time.

Too rigid

Metal hanging brackets and clamps don't allow any flexibility, meaning that it's a high likelihood that your byobu will get scratched during installation or removal.

Slight Flexibility

Since lucite has a tiny amount of give, it can slide under or over the byobu's lacquer or wood edging without gouging.