How to Create a Gallery Wall in 3 Easy Steps
Here are some pointers to make sure your pieces are hung correctly on your first try.
So, you’ve decided to create a gallery wall. Nice! It’s a great way to feature a variety of artwork and photos, and you don’t need a large space either. However, creating a gallery wall has its own set of challenges. You’ve got to space your pieces out the right way, make sure you like the way they’re arranged, and hang a large number of them. Here’s how to do it right.
First, put all the pieces you want hung on the floor, arrange them in the way that you’d like to see them on the wall. Make sure to leave around three inches between each piece. This is the time to experiment. You can choose photos, paintings, prints, sculptures, mirrors, or any combination you’d like. You can hang all of your pieces directly on the wall, or you can mix it up by adding in some shelves. Try out a few different arrangements—it’s much easier to move things around now than it will be once you’ve hung your artwork. And doing it this way will help you avoid putting unnecessary holes in your wall.
Make a Mock-Up
This is the part that’s a bit time consuming. But, trust us, it’s worth it. If you don’t have craft paper, use newspaper, paper bags, or even pieces of printed paper taped together will do. Place your framed photos or artwork onto the paper, tracing their outlines. Then, cut and tape the mock pieces onto the wall. This is the time to play with different configurations until you find the arrangement you like. Take note of your lamps, furniture, ceiling height, and any windows, and arrange accordingly.
Once you’ve decided on the arrangement, replace the pieces of paper on the wall with the actual artwork. Do it the old-fashioned way, with a hammer and nails. If you can’t put holes in the wall (hello college housing and rental units!), use 3M Command™ strips. Then, admire your work, invite friends over to show it off, and be proud of your new artsy wall!