Whether you are looking for a way to display a helmet you no longer use, want to show off memorabilia, or need a way to store your current helmet when not in use, you may be wondering how to hang a football helmet on the wall. We have done the research to answer this question for you.
There are numerous options available for hanging your football helmet on the wall, and each option has a specific installation procedure. Some of the most popular mounting options include the following:
- Wall-mounted display cases
- Illusion wall mounts
- Helmet hangers
- Wall-mount racks
While none of the options are difficult to install, it is important that they are mounted correctly so you don't damage your wall. We will describe each of these options and tell you how to mount them.
How To Hang Your Football Helmet
Wall-Mounted Display Cases
Football helmet display cases hang on the wall and encase the football helmet in glass to keep it protected. They are one of the more versatile mounting options since they come in sizes small enough to display a single helmet or large enough to display multiple.
They also come in a variety of styles to match your space's decor. Framed, mirrored display cases provide a sense of professional elegance, while clear acrylic cases are more durable for high-traffic areas.
The video above outlines the procedure for mounting a display case in the following steps:
- Determine where you will mount the case.
- Use a level to mark out where the wall mount will hang and where the screws and anchor need to be attached.
- Drill a hole for the anchor and attach it to the wall.
- Drill holes for the screws and attach them to the wall.
- Hang your wall mount on the screws you've installed.
- Place the helmet in the case and secure the cover.
The steps for your display case might differ depending on what hardware is included with the case. Be sure the follow the included instructions to ensure you install the case correctly.
Illusion Wall Mounts
Illusion wall mounts do exactly what their name suggests. They support the football helmet in such a way that it creates the illusion of floating.
Invisi-ball, a company that created illusion wall mounts, explains that the same piece attaches to the wall and holds the helmet to look as though it is floating. While this option doesn't have as many style options as some of the other mounting options, the ability not to see the apparatus holding the helmet allows the helmet to be the focus.
The above video outlines the installation procedure in the following steps:
- Choose where you want to mount your helmet.
- Use the mount and a pencil to mark out where the screws should be attached to the wall.
- Install the screws or anchors, if applicable, to the wall.
- Remove the compression plate from the mount.
- Adjust the mounting screws on the mount so that they accommodate your helmet's size.
- Slide the helmet onto the mount and use the compression plate to secure it.
Invisi-ball also lists instructions on their website here if you prefer the written instructions to the video.
Helmet hangers are the easiest way to mount your helmet to a wall. The hanger will create a 3D hanging effect, but the mounting hardware will not be invisible like the illusion mount.
A helmet hanger is a hook-shaped apparatus that looks similar to a wreath hanger used to put a wreath on a door. One end of the hanger gets attached to the wall, while the other end of the hangar supports the helmet on display. The hanger's simple design makes it easy to display multiple helmets on the same wall.
The above video outlines the installation procedure in the following steps:
- Use the hanger and a pencil or marker to mark where the helmet hanger will hang on the wall.
- Drill your anchors into the wall if you are hanging your helmet up on sheetrock. If you are mounting your helmet on wood, you can just drill the screws in.
- Hang the hanger onto the screws.
- Place your helmet on the portion of the hanger that is away from the wall.
Racks or shelves are similar to the display cases in that they can come in a variety of styles and can accommodate multiple helmets. Unlike the cases, however, the rack is usually open and uncovered.
You can hang your rack similarly to the other mounting options. Follow these steps to mount your rack:
- Use a level and a pencil to mark out where your rack will rest on the wall.
- Use a drill to drive screws, and anchors if necessary, into the wall.
- Mount the rack onto the installed screws.
How Much Does A Football Helmet Weigh?
Sports experts estimate that a football helmet weighs an average of 4 to 6 pounds. Some football helmets available for purchase can weigh as little as 3 pounds.
How Do You Hang A Mini Helmet?
You can mount a mini helmet to the wall using hangers made specifically for this purpose. Many of them consist of a hook that is either standalone or attached to a piece of wood or a bracket that can be mounted on the wall.
The mini helmet then rests on the hook. Some retailers, such as Hobbies Depot offer a display case option that can be mounted on the wall with an included bracket.
What Do You Do With Old Football Helmets?
After you're done using your helmet, you might be finding yourself trying to figure out what you are supposed to do with it. Of course, you can recycle it or display it, as we've discussed in this article, but there are many other ways you can give your old helmet a lot of use.
Save your old football helmet for decor if you host football or Super Bowl parties. Use it as a table prop or even sanitize it and create a bowl for snacks or utensils.
Photography is another area where your helmet might make a useful prop. If you know someone who does sports photography or you do it yourself, use your helmet to add a fun prop to photoshoots. You can even get in touch with local photographers and see if they are interested in using it for a prop. Whether you sell it to them or donate it, your helmet will be put to good use instead of being discarded.
Children love to dress up, and if you have any children in your life, they would have a lot of fun putting your helmet to good use. Clean it up and make sure that the edges are safe and let your kids add your helmet to their dress-up wardrobe!
Football helmets do expire, so you can't use this option if you are getting rid of your helmet for that reason. For unexpired helmets, though, consider donating them to children or families that can't afford sports equipment.
One example, 2nd Chance Sports, is a local organization that seeks to provide equipment to youth that cannot afford to buy their own. Check out your area to see if there are any similar organizations.
There are many ways to display your football helmet on the wall, and all of them are relatively simple to install. After you consider what you want your display to look like, how many helmets you want to mount, and where you want to install your display, you can choose the mounting option that best fits your needs.
While shopping for your helmet display, it is important to keep a couple of things in mind. Make sure to read the product description or the packaging if you are purchasing your display in the store to find out if the display is made for mini helmets or full-sized helmets. Each mounting option is available for both types of helmets, so it would be easy to go home with the wrong size if you are not diligent.
Additionally, take note of the weight limit of the hanging technique you want to purchase. As we've already pointed out, a football helmet weighs 4-6 pounds. While that seems like a small amount, it can quickly add up if you display multiple helmets.
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