{How to} create a photo gallery wall

Another weekend project, this time to create a photo gallery wall. Here’s a video of me doing one on our landing, and there are some extra tips below.

My tips for creating your own photo gallery wall

  • Once I’d arranged my pictures on the floor I took a photo and then hung them on the wall by eye, without taking measurements (I’m lazy)! To do it properly, measure the distances between each picture, and draw it out as a diagram on graph paper before hammering nails into the wall.
  • To cover a large area, the trick is to cut templates out of all your frames (using newspaper or similar), poke a hole through the paper exactly where each nail needs to go, then stick them up on the wall with blue tack. Move them around until you find an arrangement you’re happy with, and then you can hang the actual frames one by one. To make sure you don’t get confused, give each frame and its paper template a number.
  • If you’d perfer something a bit more ordered, choose matching frames and arrange them in a grid format.
The best way to find inspiration for your own gallery wall is to look at other people’s. If you’ve got a picture wall you’re proud of in your house, why not upload a photo to the Growing Spaces facebook page so we can take a look?


  1. November 10, 2011 / 1:56 pm

    I have a rouges gallery as we call it all the way up my stairs, that I add too all the time

    • Heather
      November 11, 2011 / 1:56 pm

      Love the idea of a Rogues Gallery! I’m thinking of starting one up the stairs too, but we want to wallpaper them first…

  2. November 11, 2011 / 12:04 am

    I have a photo wall, and did it the same way as you. I am lazy too! I also used the same frames but it different sizes and in my humble opinion it looks ace!

    • Heather
      November 11, 2011 / 1:57 pm

      I bet it does look ace! Post a pic if you get a chance as I’d love to see it. I think I might do another wall downstairs with matching frames.

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