Once visitors to my booth see the large triptych on display, those most interested start wondering how much wall space they may have. It’s simple to measure the large wall, but to understand the impact the print will have on the wall is harder to visualize.
I’ve done it myself. Measure a space 24×36, and still not sure if it will work.
Customer Shared Method
Recently, a customer shared their technique. It’s so easy, that is falls into the category, “Why didn’t I think of this before?”
Since learning of this, I’ve had a couple others share their success with this process as well. It is useful for all print sizes, but especially useful for the larger sizes.
Obtain a piece of cardboard, and cut it to the dimensions of the print you are considering. If the matted print will be framed, add the additional space for the frame. If the print is a Dura Plaq, the dimension will essentially be the image size, with an additional 3/16″ all around. Admittedly, that small amount will most likely not make a difference. (The final dimensions of the image size may fluctuate slightly based on printing, cutting and mounting).
Having cut the cardboard to the size, place it against the wall in the desired location.
Too big? Cut another piece to the next smaller print size and try again.
Too small? Cut another to the next larger print size, and could this be “just right?”
Horizontal or Vertical
You may find the space too narrow.
Flip the horizontal print to vertical. Does that make it better?
If so, you’ll need to reconsider the horizontal image you were thinking about! (Or change its location).
Measuring an open space for three-panel triptych and then trying to visualize the finished print on the wall can be difficult.
Once again, the cardboard technique saves the day. It also makes measuring much easier.
At least for me, extending the tape measure out to the desired distance, and then trying to elevate another item to the height of the desired print, has never had the greatest results.
With three large pieces of cardboard cut to the triptych dimensions (each panel 20″x40″), and use something like the blue painters’ tape to temporarily mount all three to the wall. Don’t you find this much easier to now visualize your selected print?
Using the cardboard, it is very easy to play with different spacing ideas.
Too small? Try larger
Have you found the three-panel 40×60″(plus spacing) triptych would be too small?
Go back to the cardboard technique and play with larger sizes. The next size would be three 24×48″ panels.
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Using the cardboard technique, it is much easier to determine and select your desired print size rather than guessing at the dimensions.