As a part of my Dining Room/Home Office makeover, I struggled with finding a way to display our family photos in a clean, modern way. The wall decor we had before felt cluttered and inconsistent. For a couple of months now, the wall space in this room has been blank while I searched Pinterest for inspiration.
I finally landed on the idea to create a big statement gallery wall. What I mean by “gallery wall” is an evenly spaced grid of picture frames.
There are a LOT of different sizes and configurations that you can do. I chose to use simple black 11×14 frames with white 8×10 mats. I measured the area of wall space that I wanted to fill and calculated how many frames I would need.
Of course, while I was planning this gallery wall, all of the local frame stores were closed. So, I turned to Amazon to order frames in bulk. After reading tons of reviews on tons of frames, I found some that came in a pack of 5 and ordered two of them.
Here’s the link to what I ordered in case you don’t want to search extensively like I did: https://amzn.to/2N5QxpL
I was nervous about having frames shipped in the mail, but they arrived in great condition and neatly packaged.
How to Hang the Frames
To hang them, I prefer to use these monkey hooks: https://amzn.to/2N5qCPa
But before you go poking holes in the wall, you will need to carefully map out where your frames are going to go.
Start small and draw it out on paper. Figure out how much space you want between each frame, and where the hooks are located on your frames. Measure out the spaces, and mark the wall with a pencil where your holes need to go. I HIGHLY recommend using a level for this part.
Once your holes are marked, use a stud finder to determine if any of your holes will be going into studs. If they are, you will need a hammer and a traditional picture hook for those holes. If you have to use different hooks, pay close attention to how your frames hang on them. You may need to make the hole higher or lower than the others to compensate.
I ended up using the plastic push pin hooks that came with the frames. They ended up working super well, and I didn’t have to worry about finding the studs like I originally planned.
When all the hooks are hung, put your frames on the wall and take a step back. Check your work and make sure that your frames are evenly spaced and level. If you have to go back and fix something, IT IS OKAY! Take your time and you will get a great end result.
A good last step is to take a small level and put it on each frame. Make sure each one is hanging straight. Sometimes just eyeballing things will make it a lot harder.
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