What is Spinmount?

Spinmount® is the easy-to-use solution for exhibiting and retrieving your collections, including record jackets, photos, comic books, artwork, and more. Whether you want to show off your favorite piece or a special grouping, Spinmount is the answer you've been looking for.

CAD Drawing of Spinmount in Grid/Collage

Unlike competing products, Spinmount uses a patented spinning mechanism to simplify the display and removal of your artwork.

Who created Spinmount?

My name is Brian. I'm a full-time engineer running Spinmount from my garage in Seattle. Back in college, I wanted to mount my records to the wall without damaging them, but I didn't like the options I found. So, I invented Spinmount. I have been using Spinmount in my home for years, and now I want to share it with the world!

What's the goal?

As an engineer it's always been a dream of mine to invent something, especially a product that's tangible and directly useful to others. I also want to use Spinmount to help fund the programs that sparked my interest in everything mechanical. I still need to work out the details, but I'd like to donate a portion of future profit to high school shop classes across all trades, including automotive, carpentry, plumbing, welding, machining, and electrical.

Animation of Spinmount collages

Dimensions and Materials

Spinmount units are manufactured of acrylic plastic and stainless steel hardware for adaptability and durability.

CAD Drawing of a Spinmount in Exploded View
  • The flat-head thread-forming screw is designed specifically for use with plastic.
  • Fluted/ring-shank nails provide superior holding power to drywall, plaster, and wood walls.
  • Scoring lines allow you to snap off the base, crescent, and dial to form corner and edge shapes for your mounting grid.
  • Being clear, Spinmout units practically disappear aside your artwork.
  • With a 3/8" thick base, Spinmount can accommodate items as thick as a double-vinyl album jacket with the records inside.

Attributes

Adaptable

Spinmount operates through a cooperative design methodology wherein adjacent identical units assist in the restraint of each item displayed. Any number of planar items may be displayed; each assembled unit offers the ability to form a grid-like system of varying scale, only limited by the size of the surface to which it is mounted. In addition to quantity, a multitude of different sizes of planar articles, not just 12” x 12” records, nor identically sized articles, may be displayed based on installation.

Simple

Spinmount provides a simple solution, to remove, secure, and replace planar articles unlike the competition. It features a novel, patented mechanism whereby the swipe of a single finger effectively removes one of the mounting constraints; unlocking two adjacent mechanisms permits removal of any planar article in the display “grid.” Conversely, locking of any planar article parallel to its mounting surface is performed by the same single swipe of a finger through the same adjacent mechanisms.

Economical

Each component features score, or weakening, lines that allow for reconfiguration of an assembly, based on location within the grid. One unit will work for any type of grid vertex therefore only one shape needs to be manufactured, thereby driving repeatability and increasing speed in the manufacturing workflow. The effect is lower cost of production as well as an increase in consistency.

Animations

The following video brings the exploded-view drawing above to life, to help visualize a single Spinmount unit.


Combining multiple Spinmount units is required. For a fixed grid dimension, here are some examples of Spinmount units required to hold X items.

  • 4 Spinmount units hold 1 item.
  • 9 Spinmount units hold 4 items.
  • 12 Spinmount units hold 6 items.
  • 15 Spinmount units hold 8 items.
  • 16 Spinmount units hold 9 items.
  • 20 Spinmount units hold 12 items.
  • ...

However, as the following video shows, the your collage doesn't have to have fixed dimensions!

Future Improvements

During the Spinmount Kickstarter I recieved a lot of useful feedback and am evaluating a new way to attach Spinmount without nails; just double sided tape and a special fastener to attach the outer crescent to the cruciform base as the image to the right shows.

The first batch of Spinmount units to be sold through this website will use nails however, as the exploded-view drawing shows above. Later on, customers will have both attachment options, but baby steps first.

Future Improvements to Spinmount

Options

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9 Spinmount Units

Everything you need to collage and retrieve 4 objects. Clear acrylic plastic, 3/8" thick base, and stainless steel hardware.

Includes:

(9) Spinmount and Hardware

Ships:

United States, Canada

Inventory:

14

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15 Spinmount Units

Everything you need to collage and retrieve 8 objects. Clear acrylic plastic, 3/8" thick base, and stainless steel hardware.

Includes:

(15) Spinmount and Hardware

Ships:

United States, Canada

Inventory:

6

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20 Spinmount Units

Everything you need to collage and retrieve 12 objects. Clear acrylic plastic, 3/8" thick base, and stainless steel hardware.

Includes:

(20) Spinmount and Hardware

Ships:

United States, Canada

Inventory:

2

Inventory

First, as you can tell above, inventory is limited and will be manufactured in batches based on demand. The shopping cart system will not let one purchase items if they are not in stock... so if you recieve an error during checkout this is likely the reason; I don't want to sell inventory I don't have packaged and ready to ship. I will be updating inventory as items sell and a cadence is established.

Second, Spinmount units are sold in the fixed quantities of 9, 15, and 21 to only the United States and Canada. This was done to make shipping more efficient: known package dimensions, weight, and distances make things simpler. I'm welcome to any feedback you have with respect to package quantities. In the future I'd like to allow one to specify any quantity at checkout and sell worldwide.

Finally, and most importantly, you can sign up for future inventory updates by newsletter or follow Spinmount of your favorite social media platform to be alerted when the next batch of Spinmounts will be available to the public; links are at the footer of this page!

Measure Twice, Hammer Once!

This section will take you through the steps necessary to setup Spinmount on your wall. The tools you will need include:

  • Tape Measure and/or a Level (make use of your phone's leveling app!)
  • Pencil
  • Hammer
  • Phillips Screwdriver
1

Make an Inventory of Hardware

Unpakage Spinmount units and make sure you have (1) screw, (1) washer, (4) nails, and of course all 3 acrylic components per unit: the inner dial, outer crescent, and the cruciform base.

2

Create a Grid

On your floor, layout a collage of the item's you'd like to mount, placing a Spinmount unit at each corner of an item.

Adapt each Spinmount by finding the special score / weakening lines and snapping off portions to form the corners and edges of your grid.

Once you're happy with the layout on the floor, transfer the dimensions from this collage to the wall with pencil. I like to start at the top left corner of your grid and provide myself with about 1/4" of wiggle room around each item to be mounted.

3

Assemble

Assemble X, T, and L shapes as your grid patten dictates.

  • X Assembly
    • Place the inner dial on top of the base.
    • Insert the screw into the washer, then through the inner dial and base.
    • Use a phillips-head screwdriver to tighten the screw to the appropriate torque to allow for smooth movement.
  • T or L Assembly
    • Snap off the appropriate number of legs from the base, inner dial, and outer crescent.
    • Place the inner dial on top of the base.
    • Insert the screw into the washer, then through the inner dial and base.
    • Use a phillips-head screwdriver to tighten the screw to the appropriate torque to allow for smooth movement.
4

Hammer Time!

Place the outer crescent atop the base and pass nail(s) through coincident holes to temporarily align the crescent to the base.

Starting at the corner of the grid, align the assembly to the initial mark and hammer away.

Use a level to make sure the assembly is horizontal, and hammer in remaining nails.

5

Repeat

Grab the object you'd like to mount, and hold it on the wall temporarily with a corner inset into the previously installed Spinmount.

While holding the object on the wall, double check the marks you made in Step 2 by making sure that your pencil marks are at the right place surrounding the object. ( Again, measure twice, hammer once! :)

Place the next Spinmount aseembly at the next corner/intersection, again passing (a) nail(s) through coincident holes to temporarily align the crescent to the base.

Use a level to make sure the assembly is horizontal, and hammer in remaining nails.

... and repeat until finished!

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me by email: