How To Hang Pictures in a Grid {Tutorial}

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hey there! I'm monica 

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So far, I’ve already shown you my Planked Wall with Exposed Studs and the side table makeover in my dining room. This room is taking me forever to finish, but it already feels so different! Our buffet is getting refinished with chalk paint, as well, but I knew I wanted to hang photos or art above it. Luckily for me, I had four frames in the basement that needed a home. I love symmetry. Love love love it. Doing a symmetrical gallery wall seemed like the perfect option for the wall space above my buffet.

Hanging pictures in a grid is not fun. I mean, you actually have to use your brain and do some math, which I am so not a fan of. Can I get an amen?! However, if you use this method, you’ll save yourself a major headache, and might not curse the day you ever thought of hanging frames in a grid.
Step 1: Lay your frames front-side down on a flat surface to get an idea for the spacing you want. Because this was going over the buffet, I measured the width of that first, and then decided how far I wanted the frames to be apart, since I didn’t want them hanging over the sides of the buffet.
2. Figure out the exact measurement using a tape measure and move the frames accordingly. I decided that just under 2.5 inches worked for me, because it left some room on either side of the frames to the edge of the buffet.
3. Make sure your frames are level. THIS IS IMPORTANT! You might think you don’t need to worry about this until they’re on the wall, but to ensure that they are evenly spaced and not totally out of wack, do this while they are laying down.
4. Once everything is level and even, take painter’s tape and run it from the hanger of the top frame to the hanger of the bottom frame. Do the same between the frames next to each other. You only need two pieces of tape, because they should work in every direction.
5. Carefully remove your tape and determine the height of your top frames, and measure down from the ceiling. Adhere the tape to the spot you’ve marked and run it straight down. Use a level to keep it straight.
6. Use a drill to insert the screw right into the mark you made. Do this for all four frames at the intersection of the tape.
Hang the frames, and you’re done!
Perfect spacing for your grid!
Want to know something funny? After I did all that work, I decided I wanted a big piece of art. So, it’s not down yet, but it’s coming down soon. Ha!
Are there any other symmetry-lovers out there, like me? Or are you more of a random gallery type of person?

The comments +

  1. Caitlin says:

    Woo! Thanks for the tutorial! I am currently working on a gallery wall or two for my new home.

    I also snagged a button of yours to put on my blog!


  2. I think it looks great. I love the pop of red in the lamps too. And yes, I do love symmetry. My husband doesn’t like it so much so I try to remember to be asymmetrical about some things, he says it’s more ‘artsy’. Thanks for sharing! I found this through Pinterest.

  3. *katie says:

    Brilliant! Looks great!!

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