Wall clocks offer a decorative alternative to traditional wall art while also serving a practical function. Whether you want an oversized wall clock to mount above the fireplace and serve as a focal point in your living room or a small model to hang in your kitchen to help keep your family on schedule on school days, Overstock carries the perfect model for your needs. Trusted brands, including Westclox, La Crosse, and Hans Andersen Home, ensure accuracy and durability. From retro-inspired metal clocks in colorful finishes to classic wooden case clocks featuring lustrous stains, Overstock carries wall clocks in an array of styles, sizes, and types with a wide range of features. Read on to learn more about the inventory of wall clocks at Overstock.
Types of Wall Clocks
Analog wall clocks feature a traditional face with rotating hands. Arabic numbers, Roman numerals, or hash marks typically indicate the minutes and hours, and many models include a second hand. Due to their classic appearance, analog wall clocks are popular options in traditional or vintage-style decor. Analog clocks now come in silent models as well as the time-honored ticking version.
Digital clocks offer an easy-to-read display featuring lighted numbers that are clearly visible from distances and in dark rooms. Families with young children who cannot read analog clocks often prefer digital clocks to help their kids stay on track. Many digital clocks include a calendar display as an added benefit. Most come in 12-hour formats.
Atomic clocks are some of the most accurate timekeeping devices on the market. They are designed to automatically reset for Daylight Savings Time, allowing for hassle-free operation. Some atomic clocks also include an indoor/outdoor temperature sensor that allows you to keep tabs on the weather as you plan for the day. Atomic wall clocks are available in both digital and analog formats.
Traditional wall clocks usually feature wooden or metal constructions. These wall clocks frequently offer an analog display, and they come in a wide variety of finishes, from dark polished woods to bronze metal finishes. Variations of traditional wall clock styles include French country, shabby chic, and vintage designs. Clocks in these familiar styles are available in round or square configurations, and some traditional wall clock models offer a case design with a swinging pendulum and chimes to enhance the classic aesthetic. Chiming clocks often offer volume control, musical options, and a nighttime shut-off function.
Designed to mimic the utilitarian clocks used in factories and other manufacturing sites, industrial wall clocks typically feature a stripped down, minimalist appearance. Often crafted from metal with basic black or aluminum finishes or sporting rusted or chipped finishes, industrial wall clocks look perfectly at home in lofts and other warehouse-influenced homes. They may showcase visible gears and other moving parts to emphasize their practical function.
Novelty wall clocks provide a fun way to give any room some personality. For the kitchen, novelty clocks might feature culinary themes, such as a cutting board shape or painted images of food. A home bar might show off a wall clock crafted from faux wine bottles, while a clock fashioned to resemble a coffee cup or one that substitutes forks and spoons for traditional hands can provide a clever diner theme for a breakfast area.
Sleek, streamlined modern wall clocks are often crafted from plastic, acrylic, and other man-made materials. Some versions boast sculptural silhouettes, such as starbursts, and incorporate hints of glamour, like crystal embellishments and silver tone finishes. On the other hand, stark designs and unusual shapes may lend modern wall clocks the appearance of a work of abstract art.
Inspired by the relaxed, down home feel of farmhouses, ranches, and other country dwellings, rustic wall clocks feature distressed finishes and wood or metal fabrication. Rustic designs might include weathered advertising logos or borrow their shape from pocket watches, teapots, and other vintage items. Nautical themes are another common motif of rustic wall clocks, which may take the form of anchor designs or painted backgrounds depicting a lighthouse, pier, or other waterside location.
Wall Clock FAQ
What is the best height to hang a wall clock?
Several factors help determine the ideal height to hang a wall clock, including the height of the room's ceiling, whether the clock tops a fireplace or other fixed architectural feature, and the overall style of your home decor. Most clocks look great at eye level. A pendulum clock requires more vertical space than a round or square clock, so this style of wall clock may need to be installed higher than typical clocks. If your home has a large, open floor plan, you can hang your wall clock higher to facilitate viewing from multiple rooms. In that case, try to keep the top of the clock at least nine inches below the ceiling.
How do you install a wall clock?
Most wall clocks come with attached hanging hardware on the back of the clock. Ideally, you should hang your wall clock from a stud to provide adequate support. Alternatively, use a zip wall anchor to hang your wall clock on drywall. Check the anchor's weight capacity to make sure it is strong enough to handle the weight of your clock. To be on the safe side, it's a smart idea to look for a wall anchor that can hold twice your clock's weight. Remember to install the batteries before hanging the clock.
Do wall clocks require maintenance?
Unlike earlier clocks, which required daily winding and frequent oiling, modern wall clocks typically require minimal maintenance. Since the inner workings are rarely accessible, repairs on modern wall clocks should be handled by a professional. Battery-powered wall clocks typically require new batteries every one to three years. Some homeowners choose to change their clock battery annually at the same time they install new batteries in their smoke alarms. Old batteries have a higher incidence of leaking, so it's best to err on the side of caution when scheduling battery changes.
How do you clean a case clock?
Keep a case-style clock clean with periodic polishing, just as you treat a piece of wooden furniture. Never apply glass cleaner directly to the face of a case clock. Spray it onto a soft cloth, and wipe the face of your clock gently.