What Are Standoffs and How Are They Used?

When you’re looking to hang things in a professional environment, your option really seems limited. Having just a picture frame with wall art in it can seem old-fashioned and out of style. Other ways seem ineffective and often don’t achieve what you want. The best and most stylish way that professionals hang their wall art is through the use of standoffs. They make your art not only stand out but literally pop out of the wall. “What are standoffs and how are they used?” you may ask. Well, let’s explain.

What Is a Standoff?

A standoff looks like a complicated version of a screw, and it kind of is. It’s a separator that’s threaded. They come in different lengths so that you can raise one material over another. They consist of a wall screw, barrel, and cap, and they’re usually made of nylon, brass, or aluminum. Their shape can vary, but they’re typically hex-shaped, so they can be tightened by a wrench, or round. They also have different forms that are gendered so that they can fit together. They are used for a variety of reasons but are most often seen in the electronics and display industries.

Standoffs are often lumped together with another type of connecting tool: spacers. Although they are sometimes used on the same piece of electronic equipment, the two are quite different. A spacer is an unthreaded piece of tubing. The tubing allows for an entire bolt to pass through. Unlike a standoff, a spacer cannot be tightened, so they are usually a round shape.

Who Uses Standoffs?

When standoffs are used for sign mounting, they are just a simple and small piece of hardware that is used to attach the sign to the wall and secure it. Standoffs are appealing due to their uniqueness. No other type of mounting gives a 3D effect to the signage.

There are a couple of kinds of standoffs that are used for signs and art. The one that’s most typically used is known as a through-grip standoff. To use a through grip, the sign or piece of art must have a small hole through which the cap of the standoff can screw into the barrel. Some other kinds of standoffs, such as edge-grip standoffs attach to the edges of a piece so that there’s no need for holes.

The other most common use for standoffs is in electronics. When people assemble circuit boards, they use both spacers and standoffs as they are the standard for mounting and connecting circuit boards as well as gears, panels, and doors of electronics. Using standoffs allows for the pieces to be elevated above one another, reducing the chances of contact. Having these parts separated keeps them from short-circuiting.

What You Need to Consider When Selecting Standoffs 

When you’re looking for standoffs to use, you need to consider the attributes that you want. What shape do you want for your standoffs? While the common ones are round or hex-shaped, you can also find square standoffs. What’s the diameter of the body? Typically, the diameter of the standoff body is ¼”, but you can find them in varying sizes. And don’t forget to consider the body length and the size of the hole for threading. For both these attributes, the standard ranges between ¼” and 2”.  The important attribute that you need to take into consideration before purchasing standoffs is the thread type, aka the gender.

Standoffs can come in three genders: female-female, male-female, and male-male. Female-female standoffs can be either partially or fully threaded on each end. Male-female standoffs are composed of female threads internally on one end and male threads on the other end. The threads for these are typically the same size. Male-male standoffs have external threads on each end that can have different sizes in their threads.

How to Assemble Sign Standoffs

When you assemble your sign standoffs, you measure your sign and mark the wall where the screws will go. Use a level when you do this to ensure that the piece is perfectly straight. You then want to drill pilot holes that are a bit smaller than the wall screw that is supplied. You then take your standoffs and unscrew the caps from the barrels. After that, you’ll screw the wall screw through the barrel and through the pilot hole. You’ll want to line up your art piece or sign with the barrels that are now on the wall so that the holes of the sign are not over the barrels.  You screw the caps back on, and you’re good to go! Get your favorite sign to use from us at http://www.foamcoreprint.com/

 

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