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Install a spirit level into picture frames for easier hanging

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Contrived _voice
Contrived _voice Mar 12, 2022
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A picture frame that comes pre-fitted with a spirit level to make sure they are hung on straight as intended.
  • keeping a picture straight on the wall gets hard sometimes, and everyone always says it's not hung on straight.
  • A spirit level isn't always accessible since normal people aren't always prepared to buy paintings or fix shelves.
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A spirit level is a simple thing, A gauge with a fluid in it. Since frames are already sold in convenience stores it wouldn't take much to attatch a level to it. The fluid color is also inconsequential ,you could paint it the same as the frame preserving the intended aesthetic.
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Hiding the level for aesthetic purposes

Povilas S
Povilas S Mar 12, 2022
Cool idea, simple and effective. Perhaps too simple to not been thought about before.
I found this patent of the same idea, but I can't find any finished products on the web. I think the main reason for this is aesthetics. One picture with a spirit level in the frame would look cool and exceptional but if this were used regularly, many people might dislike it.
Therefore I think we need to think about ways how to mask the spirit level after hanging the picture. The patent that I linked talks about a spirit level that is not visible when looking from a certain angle. I'm not sure how effective this can be, doesn't sound too feasible to me.
The simplest way would be to use a kind of removable cover, a sticker, etc. to cover the level when it's not needed. But the cover will still contrast with the rest of the frame, even if it was of the same color (it would have contrasting edges, etc.).
Perhaps the best would be to put the level under the bottom of the frame and hide it in the frame itself, it would have to move and slide in and out of the frame. Here's how I imagine it:

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Povilas S
Povilas S2 years ago
I realized that it would be simpler just to use a magnetic pad attached to the bottom of the frame and metal or magnetic elements implemented in the level to simply stick the level to the bottom of the frame when needed and remove it when not.
The only disadvantage then would be that you'd have to keep the level somewhere apart from the frame and might lose it, so it's not as convenient as the level being implemented in the frame itself.
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni2 years ago
Povilas S I like the magnet idea. Maybe have a socket at the back of the frame (like a stylus on an iPad) for the magnet-spirit level once the painting is hung properly. The next time you move the painting, you remove the spirit level, adjust the painting, and the spirit level goes back into the socket.
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Contrived _voice
Contrived _voice2 years ago
I was thinking along the lines of a dovetail joint cover since most frames are wooden. The jagged design makes it hard to spot unless you know it's there.
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