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How to Hang a Gallery Wall Without a Mistake!

Want to learn how to hang a gallery wall without any mistakes? The biggest fear when hanging a wall of pictures is the damage to the wall. I have had that same fear, but here is what I learned about how to hang a picture wall without a mistake.

By following these techniques, you can do the same.

I used old family photos to create this gallery wall.

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Step 1 – Decide on a Theme

In my opinion, a gallery wall should have a theme. So, you could use children’s photos, vacation photos or memorabilia, botanical prints, or vintage family photos. Since I recently inherited a lot of old family photos, that’s what I used to create my gallery wall.

Step 2 – Gather The Proper Supplies

Always remember that any time you are hanging a gallery wall, you need some basic tools to do the job properly. But if you missed the 5 Tips to Hanging Art Perfectly Every Time, you may want to refer to it first.

Using Craft Paper is the most important added step to hanging a gallery wall without making a mistake


Having proper tools will guarantee that you don't make a mistake when hanging a gallery wall.

You can substitute craft paper for old wrapping paper or newspaper if you prefer.

Trace around each of your frames on the craft paper to assure you don't make a mistake when hanging a gallery wall.

Step 3 – Trace Each Frame onto the Craft Paper

Trace each of your frames onto the craft paper to create a template. Cut out the traced paper.

Cut your photos template and mark each one so you don't mix up the placement.  This will assure a perfectly hung gallery wall.

Insider Tip

Be sure to document each frame as you trace them. I promise you will not be able to distinguish them once they are all cut out. Include a description of the print and arrows to determine vertical placement.

Step 4 – Decide On An Arrangement

Next, decide how to arrange a hanging wall of pictures best.

If you are using identical frames of a consistent size, hanging a wall of pictures isn’t as difficult. Because I was using multiple-size frames and shapes, deciding on an arrangement beforehand is crucial. Keep in mind that you want approximately 2 inches between each frame.

Just laying the photos on the floor didn't work for me.  In order to hang the gallery wall perfectly I needed another step.

I laid the frames out on the floor to find the arrangement, but it didn’t work. So, I began adding the template photos to the wall using painter’s tape to hold them in place instead.

Use your paper templates and painters tape to arrange your wall.  This will allow you to see a the wall before placing any nails.  This will assure no mistakes when hanging a gallery wall.
Notice that all frames are clearly identifiable, and even directional arrows are included on some.

Using painter’s tape to hold the templates in place allowed me to easily shift their placement without damaging the wall. Since I didn’t want my photos to hang on an angle, I used a level to ensure that each template was level in both directions.

Step 5 – Double Check Your Placement

Once the templates were placed in a pleasing arrangement, I decided to lay the photos out on the floor in an approximate arrangement to the wall.

This step ensured that the arrangement was eye-appealing and nothing looked out of place. By switching a couple of the smaller pieces, the arrangement was acceptable at this point.

Lay your actual photos out on the floor to get a visual and make sure your gallery wall is in a pleasing arrangement.

Step 6 – How To Hang A Picture Wall

Don’t remove the paper templates on the wall. This will ensure that all the frames remain level and is a cruical tips for hanging a wall of picture.

Next, you want to place your nails! This is the scariest part of hanging in art. First, I’ll refer back to a previous post. Here is a tutorial with step by step instructions for hanging art. If you use your painter’s tape to mark the hanger placement and then use your wall template, you will place the nail perfectly every time.

Using painter's tape will insure that you hang your nail exactly where it should be and therefore avoid making mistakes when hanging a galllery wall.

How to hang a picture wall has never been easier. I hope you picked up tips to give you the confidence for hanging a gallery wall of your own.

How To hang a picture wall without mistakes - Old inherited family photos.


Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you’ll be inspired to hang a gallery wall of your own. I love mine. Please feel free to ask any questions, and as always, your comments are greatly appreciated.

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