Family Photo Wall Ideas
If you’ve got lots of family pictures on your computer, phone, or tablet, creating a gallery to hang on the wall is a wonderful way to display them. Here are some tips on how you can easily re-create our photo wall ideas.

square arrangement of 9 framed photosAbout this look

We selected colored photos, chose identical frames and mats and hung them in a grid which makes it easy to add to the display in the future while maintaining a cohesive look. All the spacing between frames is identical, at 1″. Increase the spacing if needed; it all depends on the size of your frames and the amount of wall space you want to fill.

What you’ll need

  • 9 square 10″ frames (buy extras; they’ll come in handy when you’re ready to add to your display)
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Measuring tape
  • Hang & Level™
  • Painter’s tape
  • Bumpers
  • Small level
  • Step stool
  • Anchor Points™

Getting Started
using painter's tape to mark the center of a wall space

  • Find the centerline of the space and mark it with a vertical piece of tape.
  • Determine the right height for your display by measuring from the floor or using our HeightGuide. In our example, the middle of the frames in the second row is about 63″ from the floor, which is perfect standing eye height. Mark the height of the centerline with a horizontal piece of tape. This cross marks the centre of your display.

positioning photo frames using painter's tape and the Hang & Level tool

  • Position the centre frame from the middle row over the tape cross on the wall, and position the frame below it against the wall. Position it about 1″ below the centre frame and align the edges.
  • Take down the centre frame while keeping the bottom frame against the wall, and mark the top edge of the frame with a horizontal piece of tape.
  • Using Hang & Level, hang the frame, aligning its top with the horizontal tape, and making sure it’s centered on the cross.

3, 6 and 9 frames on the walll

  • Next, hang the frames on either side, 1″ apart from the middle one. Use 1″ pieces of Painter’s tape or SpacerTape to keep the spacing even between frames.
  • Place a 1″ piece of tape at the top and center of each frame to use as a guide for hanging the row above it.
  • Continue hanging the rows from the bottom to the top. If you are right handed, start with the frame on the far left and work across, if you are left handed, start with the frame on the far right – working in this order makes it easier to line up the frames using Hang & Level.
  • Once you’ve hung the last frame, remove the tape and you are done!

Expanding your display

sketch of where to add frames to the arrangement on the top or sides

If your space is tall, for example in a stairwell, expand the photo wall by adding rows to the top.

If your space is wide, add frames to the sides. Keep the look balanced, by adding the same number of frames on each side.

Some Tips & Tricks

  • When you hang this many frames, it’s important that each one is perfectly level so you can align the next one to it. Secure each frame after hanging it with rubber bumpers or Anchor Points.
  • Determine the order in which you want your pictures to appear on the wall ahead of time – arrange them by subject, color, or year they were taken.
  • When purchasing frames for your photo wall, pick up a few extra ones – that way when you are ready to expand your arrangement you will already have matching frames.

Liette Tousignant

I’m passionate about picture hanging and decorating (and I’m also the Founder of Under The Roof Decorating)

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