Install a spirit level into picture frames for easier hanging
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Contrived _voiceMar 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.
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: