Space It Out Right! Tips on evenly spacing picture frames without damaging your walls

Besides, what have your walls ever done to you?! There’s an easy way to avoid mistake holes while hanging pictures evenly, and it doesn’t involve juggling a measuring tape or a pencil. The solution? Painter’s tape! It’s a low tack adhesive that gently sticks to walls without damaging them and, it’s easy to remove. Once you’ve tried this easy tip, you’ll never go back to your old ways.

When I hung this trio of kittens for my daughter (she an absolute cat lover), I wanted the space between each frame to be identical. To find that “perfect” spacing, I laid the frames on the floor and tested distances from one to six inches. The frames at two inches apart looked best. A smaller spacing made the frames look cramped while a larger gap looked like I’d be trying to fill the wall. In the end, it’s all a matter of preference.

I cut 2 two-inch pieces of painter’s tape to use as a spacing guide – it’s amazing how well it works.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Hang your first frame.
  2. Cut the tape to the desired length. (For me it was two inches)
  3. Stick the tape on the wall next to the frame that is already hung.
  4. Hang the next frame using the tape as a guide. (The one on the left or right, it doesn’t matter.)
  5. Peel off the tape and you’re done.
  6. If you’re hanging a large gallery, simply repeat the same steps.

Note: Use painter’s tape vertically, horizontally or even diagonally to create the displays you want.

How do I know how much distance to leave between frames?

As much I’d love to give a specific answer, there is no universal rule. A good rule of thumb is to leave a space of 2” to 6” between frames. The size of walls and the room itself, as well as the height of the ceiling impact the desired look. After all, each wall display is unique! 

To see how I hung each cat frame, check Budget-friendly art: frame images from your favourite calendar 

Do you have any picture hanging tips you’d like to share? I’m listening, please share in the comment box below.

Thanks for dropping by!

Liette Tousignant
Co-Founder of Under The Roof Decorating