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How To Hang A Gallery Wall

16th October,2017
How To Hang A Gallery Wall

Whether it’s big, small or somewhere in between, creating a gallery wall featuring your favourite photos and art is a great way to make a stylish statement in your home. And as impressive as they look, they aren’t nearly as hard to hang as you might think. We've put together a simple step-by-step guide to help you create a gallery wall without the fuss.

What you’ll need:

  • Your frames
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Phone/camera

1. Select Your Photos & Art For Framing

First up, gather the photographs and prints you want to custom frame online. It’s a good idea to choose pictures that have a similar colour palette or common theme, like travel, landscape, architecture or family. Always make sure your selection feels like an extension of your personality and style.

2. Select Your Frames

Once you’ve selected your prints, it’s time to choose your frame styles. There’s a few ways to tackle this. You can choose a different frame for each piece, which will create a more interesting, eclectic look. If you go down this route, try to choose frames that complement your art and the other frames in the collection. Browse our photo frames and art frames style here in our online frame shop. Alternatively, you can use one frame style in your gallery wall for a more clean, consistent look.

3. Lay Your Gallery out

Once you have your custom frames delivered from Framer, measure the wall space you intend to use and roughly plot out the space on the floor. Next, lay out your frames within the space, with the artwork facing up / towards at you. A good place to start is with your biggest piece - placing it slightly off-centre and working out from there. Move the frames around until you nail an arrangement you're smitten with, and be sure to take a photo to reference later.

4. Hang Your Frames

First, measure the height of your gallery and visualise where the bulk of the frames will be positioned on the wall. If your gallery is going above a piece of furniture, aim for the bottom of your lowest frame to rest 10-20cm above the top of your piece of furniture. If your gallery will be hanging on an empty wall, aim for the centre of arrangement to be about 140-150 cm above the floor (eye level).

Now it's time to start hanging. Begin by holding your lowest frame against the wall. Estimate and mark the correct nail/hook placement for your piece, mark with a pencil and then hammer the nail so the hook is where you want the wire or hanging hardware to sit. If you need more help with this step, read our guide on ‘How to hang your frame’ here.

Once you’ve hung your lowest frame, repeat the hanging process with your remaining frames – tackling left and right first, then with those above. Try to keep a 5-7 cm gap between each frame and make sure you stick to a consistent gap throughout your entire gallery.

During this process, some people like to trace the outlines of their frames onto paper then tape them to the wall before hanging them. But we’ve found checking the reference photos you took earlier works just as well, and it will save you a bunch of time.


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