There’s no doubt that photographs and wall art help make your house feel like a home. If there’s a blank wall or space in your home that you’re unsure what to do with, a gallery wall might just be the perfect solution. In this blog post, we’ll break down step by step, how to create a gallery wall, without making it an overwhelming task (and without putting a million holes in your wall!)
- Measuring tape
- Large roll of paper (for tracing your frames)
- Nail and hammer or wall-friendly adhesive strips (we like Command strips)
- Selected frames
- Selected photographs
Step 1: Choose your wall area, the gallery wall layout of your dreams, and take measurements
Chances are, you already know which blank space to use for your gallery wall. The next step is evaluating how much space you have to work with, so you can choose your frame layout. We recommend heading over to Pinterest for inspiration. Just type “Gallery wall layout” into the search bar, and you should get a ton of ideas.
Grab your measuring tape and measure the wall space from top to bottom and left to right. Write both measurements down so you don’t forget them or jot them down in the Notes app in your phone.
Once you choose your layout, make sure you take a screenshot of it or print it out so you have easy access to it while you’re choosing photos and frames, and laying it all out.
Step 2: Select your photos and frames.
Based on the layout you’ve chosen, you should know how many images or items you’ll need, and what size they should be. So, for example,
- 2 8X10
- 3 5X7
- 5 4X6
Choose your images, and get them printed if necessary. We love Mpix, Shutterfly, or your local convenient store or Target might offer same-day printing.
Shop for frames, depending on what look you want to go for. Is your aesthetic more a classic, clean and modern “black and white,” rustic woods, or eclectic and colorful? Get creative! If there’s an odd space, choose a letter that represents your family name or another unique piece of art that helps tell your family story, whether it’s a wood carving of your state or a piece you’ve picked up along your travels.
Put the photos inside their designated frames.
Step 3: Lay it out on the floor.
Remember that measurement you wrote down? Now’s the time to use it. Pick a nice empty floor space and create a “box” based on your wall measurement.
Next, grab all your frames and lay them out on the floor exactly how you want them, based on your handy dandy inspiration photo.
Don’t be surprised if you need to adjust things here and there or swap out a few frames to make it look just right.
Important step: Take a photo of your final arrangement.
Step 4: Trace, cut and tape.
Trace each frame on paper, and cut each one out. Referring to your photo, tape them to their designated spot on the wall. Again here, you might have to make some adjustments in spacing.
Pro tip: Before you nail a single hole in the wall, check out the back of each frame and take note of where the “hook” is. Using your pencil, mark on the piece of paper where you’ll need to make each hole. This way you don’t end up with a bunch of holes in your wall!
Step 5: Hang it!
If you’re using a hammer and nail, go ahead place the nails where you need them based on your pencil marks. If you’re using adhesives, place your adhesives.
Rip down the paper and hang your frames!
So there you have it! Five simple steps to creating a gallery wall that guests won’t stop raving about, and you won’t stop staring at.