FAQs for Japanese 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!

Can I print the installation instructions?

Sure thing, here's a link to printable instructions for each set!

       4-Panel Byobu Installation Guide    6-Panel Byobu Installation Guide


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:

Nail goes through the clip, not your screen   Illustration of top clip angled nail




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 standard, wide, or large size?

The standard size is perfectly suitable for most screens in good condition.


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. 

Wide clips are also great for extra support of tall (over 45") or large panel screens, like large-format Taisho period 2-Panel screens.


Large-size clips are especially good for warped screens that need a bit more depth to hold safely.  If your screen has especially large hardware or is an unique size up to 1" thick, these are for you.