large train case

Customer case filled with die-cast cars and trucks fastened to drywall wall.

Hanging acrylic wall display cases.

First let me say I have 6 acrylic wall cases up to 48″ wide by 50″ high, and 5 1/2″ deep, fastened to a 1/4″ paneled wall for 11 years now. The largest cases are filled with 40, 1/24 scale die-cast nascars. A case plus the cars weigh close to 150 lbs. I also had an aquarium 48″ wide 48″ high 3″ deep fastened to 1/4″ paneled wall for 4 years. Weighed approx. 280 lbs.(took it down because of cleaning hassle.)

Most acrylic wall cases may be hung on hollow walls faced with panel board, drywall, etc. as long as it’s smooth and at least 1/4″ thick.

All our wall cases have at least 4 or more 3/16″ holes and I recommend
using #8 drywall screws for paneled walls and thicker wood walls. Toggle bolts are the preferred method for plaster or drywall.

We don’t supply hardware with wall cases except for 1/8″ thick hard rubber washers to prevent metal screws against  acrylic. One type fastener may not be suitable for all walls, in fact, more than 6 fasteners are recommended for different walls.

Concrete walls or other rough surfaces, or uneven surfaced walls should use a backboard similar to below.

Backboard for hanging acrylic display cases

Best way to hang against panel wall

First you need a strip of wood (hard or soft) 1/2″ high, 1/4″ thick and same length as case to be hung. Drill at least 3 holes equally spaced 3/16 dia. for #8 drywall screws.

Fasten the strip of wood to wall using a level, ( fasten one end loosely, then level the strip for rest of the screws.)

The rest is a 2 person job.

A large case should never be lifted by one corner or one end. If you do, you will fracture your case. ( break it. Case is strong fastened to the wall!)

If you can it’s best to take off the doors, then 2 people can stand up the case while still in it’s box, and gently raise the case keeping it level
to rest on the resting strip. Don’t forget to use rubber washer on each screw. Do not tighten. Just a slight snug is best. To tight will concave the mirror, not good, or worse will fracture the acrylic mirror.

If using back board use same hanging procedure.


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