How To Hang A Gallery Wall In 5 Easy Steps

How To Hang A Gallery Wall In 5 Easy Steps

One of the easiest ways to enhance and personalize your space is with a gallery wall. Whether you choose family photographs or beautiful artwork, or a combination of both, a gallery wall can bring a whole new life and style to your space. 

Do not stress! Your gallery wall does not have to be perfect and small variations can actually help create a natural, relaxed atmosphere. Actually having an imperfect gallery wall is preferred. However, this does not preclude you from creating a gallery wall that feels as though it is an extension of your personality and style, and if you're a perfectionist then you will want to follow these steps for the best possible outcome!


Tips for Hanging a Gallery Wall - What You’ll Need To Get Started

  • The artwork or pictures you want to hang

  • A pencil and a hammer

  • Kraft paper

  • Scissors

  • Painter’s tape

  • Nails or picture hangers

  • Ruler or measuring tape (measuring tape works best for large walls)

  • Level

  • Double-sided adhesive tape

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Step 1: Arrange Your Art

When hanging photos in groups, lay them out on the floor first until you find a combination that you like. Keep a close eye on the distance between each frame. The biggest mistake people often make is hanging their frames too far apart. This is especially troublesome when it comes to groupings of small paintings, since it makes them appear flimsy and insignificant. 

Decide on items and photos that have an overall theme, but don’t match perfectly. You can include family photos, abstract art, paintings, objects, or whatever inspires you!


Step 2: Trace and Plan

The most difficult aspect of installing a gallery wall is deciding where to place the photos. Establish your gallery wall arrangement before nailing any holes. Begin by tracing each piece of art onto kraft paper and cutting it out. Mark the location of the picture's hanger on each piece of paper. When hanging your painting at the proper height, this will be helpful. Hang each cutout on your wall with painters tape to get a sense for the layout.

Start by hanging the largest object at eye level when planning your gallery wall layout. The artwork should be hung 57" from the ground in the center. The height at which you hang art, however, will be determined by the height of your ceilings and the height of your furniture. Choose large-scale art that spans more of your wall if your ceilings are high. If you're hanging a gallery wall above a sofa or a tall piece of furniture, make sure to alter the height. The use of floor-to-ceiling gallery walls can also make an impact. Rearrange the cutouts of your photographs until you discover a layout you like once you've determined where and at what height to hang your art.


Step 3: Take Measurements

A beautiful gallery wall maintains an equal distance between each piece. Use a measuring tape to help you complete this. As a rule of thumb, aim for  3–6 inches between each piece of wall art and around the sides of the frames. 

Larger works of art can get away with more space between frames, while smaller works of art should be grouped together closer. Make sure there is enough space between the frames, trim, and molding to allow the gallery to not appear cramped. If your gallery wall includes oddly shaped artifacts, you can skip this step and simply eyeball the layout to see what works best for you.


Step 4: Hang Your Wall Art

Use a hammer to fasten a nail or picture hanger through your designated placement on the kraft paper when you're ready to start hanging your gallery wall arrangement. Remove the kraft paper and tape, then hang your first piece of wall art. Repeat with the remainder of your pieces, starting with the largest and working your way down to the smallest.

There are alternative hanging options if you're worried about creating holes in your wall, such as adhesive wall hangers.  However, keep in mind that adhesive wall hangers can have weight limitations and may not always be a good option.  


Step 5: Step Back and Observe 

Once you have successfully hung your works of art, I recommend you step back and observe the gallery as whole. You can then use a level to tweak each frame and make sure they are all hung straight. Now it’s time to enjoy your hard work and beautiful gallery wall!

If you live in an apartment and don't want to put 100's of holes in your walls or want to hang art that won't cost you your security deposit? Check out one of Mitch's tips in this Blog Post by Redfin

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