I know this may sound crazy, but I’ve always loved a Gallery Wall. I vividly remember my friends houses growing up who had photos going up their stairs and I remember my 10 year-old self saying “I’m doing that when I have a house”. Something about having family photos displayed up your stairs feels very homey. So y’all – today is the day I make my 10 year-old dreams come true.
A good rule of thumb is to have your center line be 60″ above your steps and at least 10″ above your handrail.
– Paper (to make templates of what you’re going to hang)
– Painters Tape
– Measuring Tape
– Picture Frames
– Measured 60″ from the stairs up and marked with painters tap. Continued this 3-4 more times.
– Connect the dots with one long line, this will be your center reference point.
– Using Paper, cut out templates of your picture frames. I found scrap paper and taped it together with painters tape. This part doesn’t need to be perfect, just enough to give you a good guide .
– Layout the templates on the ground to get your desired look. Take the time to figure out the spacing between each frame. I went with 6 inches between each frame and 4 inches between the 5×7 and 4×6 – for no reason other than it felt balanced.
– Measure the length of the overall frames – then you’ll be able to center the images on the wall.
– I started hanging frames up by the center 8 x 10 , using that as an anchor.
– Start taping the templates based off your spacing you originally laid out.
– Once everything is visually in place, Check to make sure they’re level and correct spacing. It took me a good bit of time to double check everything, so have patience.
– Measure the distance for either the lips or hooks where you’ll be hanging the frames. I made little cross marks on the template to know exactly where I’d need to nail.
– Using finishing Nails, hammer into the correct locations.
– Take the Templates and Painters Tape down, the nails will stay and it will be in the perfect space.
– Hang your pictures and Enjoy.
Hot Tip: If you’re hanging your gallery wall in a straight line, grab a roll of wrapping paper with the grid on the back. Use the grid as your guide and you’ll only need to make sure that wrapping paper is level.