How to create a gallery wall (in 6 steps)

How to create a gallery wall (in 6 steps)

Today we’re hanging a photo gallery wall in
Evan’s aunt’s house. In this hallway. Right here. This one. As with a lot of projects, starting is the
most intimidating part. So hopefully we can break it down into a few
easy to follow steps that anyone can follow along. There are a lot of gallery wall layout tricks,
but we think the easiest way is to measure your wall, mark that out on the floor, and
arrange your frames there first. 131 inches. Let’s see the height. That’s about 3 feet, how does that look? We have our measurements. First we need to decide: do we want the bottom
of the frames to form a level line above this chair rail, do we want the top of the frames
to form a level line, or do we want there to be like a mid line that they’re coming
up and down from. I think that’ll help make it not look too
crazy if there’s some method to the madness. This is our chair rail. Hehe you don’t have to whisper it. I have 2 more when you’re ready. Thank you. You’re welcome! With this the bottom runs parallel to the
chair rail. That looks pretty good. That looks good. Here’s an option if they’re all top aligned
and the bottom is more of a staggered- You’re doing bottom aligned on this again. You’re doing top and bottom. Hehe! Here it is if we somehow magically have the
perfect sizes to align both! Shh that’s what I’m doing now, change of plans,
this is another option. Ok yeah, that would be nice. Here’s one where it’s top aligned. I like the bottom aligned better. I kinda like bottom aligned better. Let’s try center aligned. Ok. This is the more organic option, but it’s
also harder to do without it looking messy. I still kinda like the bottom aligned. Yeah. What do you think? Yeah I like the bottom aligned. Ok, cool. We’ll do bottom aligned. There’s about 3 feet of space in between these,
our visual divider for planning it out. Should we change up the angle? We’ll pretend that this is the chair rail
at the bottom, yeah. So let’s just start laying some things out. We lined up the bottoms, kept the spacing
as even as possible, and tried to balance large and small frames. It might take a bit of rearranging to get
it where you want it. Now flip them over so you can measure the
spacing between the hangers. So in this gallery wall, there’s a few different
frame sizes that are repeated. So I’m gonna go through and measure the height
and width of every frame, and determine the center hanging point for every type of frame. So we ended up with a master list of what
frames went where, and where the nails went for each frame. PS_ shoutout to our Patreon supporters! If you wanna support us too, go to,
thanks! It’s time to mark up the wall! I mean, put nails in. So what we’re gonna do is we want the first
frame to be 8.5″ in, 3″ from the top of this to the bottom of the frame because that will
center the whole arrangement. We’re gonna start in this corner and work
our way over. It’s easy to mess up your measurements ’cause
there’s a handful of things you have to take account of. This is our pretend frame, and this is where
our pretend nail needs to go, here’s our little hook. We’ve measured the size of this paper frame. The nail needs to be an inch and a half from
the top in order to hang in the hook. And it needs to be five and a half inches
from the side. Knowing that we need this to be 8.5″ and this
to be 5.5″ we know our nail is gonna have to be 14″ over from the side of the wall. In addition to that we know that the frame
needs to be 3 inches above the chair rail. So to that 3″ we’ll add 7″ to get to 10″ here. So our nail needs to be 10″ from the bottom,
14″ from the side of the wall. And that’s where we need to mark our nail. So basically we’ll follow the same concept
for every frame. Some frames have 1 hook some frames have 2
hooks but it’s still just doing the math. Worst case scenario you add an extra hole
in your wall. So this is tricky. Once you get started, you start having to
use the other frames as your reference point. We’re no longer using this as a reference
point, we’re using this as a reference point. And we’re leaving 1 inch in between frames. Definitely hang as you go because you don’t
want to make all your nail holes, realize one measurement was off – one inch – and have
to redo everything. Hehe, oh sheet. When Evan has to go on his tippy toes, you
know it’s serious. Haha. Three more nails left. Two more nails left! Let’s see if I got this one right. Every time I’m like uhhhh. If we only messed up 1 out of 14- I messed
up one more- if we only messed up 2 out of 14, that’s not bad. Yay! Yesss. Hope that made sense and gave you enough confidence
to try it on your own. Hahaha. It’s a easy project but it’s kinda hard to
explain all the numbers involved. I think this project would only take a couple
hours if you were doing it yourself. It took us significantly longer because we
were filming it. For you guys! But now it’s dinner time and we gotta go. Bye! Ow. What, what am I saying? You’re gonna say, ok, look at me I’m Evan. Let’s switch sides I have to be you. As with all projects, getting started is the
hardest part- I’m not that short hahaha! As with all projects, getting started is the
hardest part, so hopefully we’ll come up with some followalongable steps that are easy to
follow that anyone can follow! Yay! So well said! I mean, so well said! Hahaha

80 thoughts on “How to create a gallery wall (in 6 steps)

  1. I dont have that much empty space on any of my walls but it looks great .

    P.S. I released my first video if anyone wants to check it out . It would be really great.

  2. Hey guys, looks great! Wouldn't you have been able to use the paper templates with the nail holes marked on them and stuck them all to the wall and just pushed the nail through the paper?

  3. Question (not related) what can you make with a peice of glass?
    Length: 7 ⅞ inches
    Width: 9¾ inches
    Thickness: 1/16 inch

  4. Enjoyable video, as always.

    Do you guys think you could make a semi-functional thing with paracord? I have 5 ft of it sitting around but would like to use it to make something that serves a purpose and looks nice.

  5. the measurement part sound like total gibberish for anyone outside the US.
    it's like watching aliens build the gallery wall. i love it <3

  6. Awesome video guys, never thought a gallery wall would be so complicated. I figure people just hung them randomly. Haha

  7. Great video! Id be on illustrator soing that sketch and it would take me 12 hours longer. BTW #LikeAndComment – when u watch a video make sure you comment. It helps the alg.

  8. Wow, Evan. Did you do something different with your hair there at the end? 😉 Love it as always, guys! You make me laugh and inspire me to push faster with my own videos. Thank you!

  9. I really, really like the way that turned out but still think I would rather walk on hot coals than take on that project! There are just things that I like to do and things I don't. Thanks for the entertaining video. ATB, Bill

  10. Looks great guys! I never thought about how you would have to get the nails so perfectly aligned to each other. I'm gonna stick to Polaroids and blu-tac for the minute haha

  11. So….what was for dinner? I'm ridiculously happy that you guys are gaining subscribers at the rate you are. Really solid videos, even about relatively basic things like this. Not only #DIYgoals, but #relationshipgoals too. (Also, sorry Katelyn…. yeah, you kinda are that short…)

  12. The strategy is sound and it's an awesome technique so thanks for that! It still seems a little daunting and I would be lying if I didn't say I would be terrified to try this. Great video! Haha.

  13. its bad enough hanging 1 picture and trying to get it straight and level let alone 14 with equal spacing. good job looks great..

  14. Inspiring video! I would suggest using a 1 inch spacer made from wood as a guide between each frame. An "L" shaped one with a 90° angle might even work better than one vertical one and a second horizontal one. Also, I can't believe you pulled this off without using a level or speed sqaure! Great work you two!

  15. After watching this, I just assigned this problem to my MATH 101 students as extra credit. Gave them a three frame sizes and realistic prices, a reasonable budget, and details about hanging hook spacing. Made the "straight line somewhere…" and 1in spacing a requirement as well. 5 points for an arrangement, 10 points for corresponding nail placement. =D THANKS GUYZ for the inspiration (in this and so many other ways).

  16. So much math! But so worth it. I think the wall turned out great, and I'm glad you went with the bottom-aligned version. I like it best too!

  17. I usually end up measuring 100 times, laying it all out… then realizing the hanging hardware on the frames are all crooked. But at least all the nails are level and aligned! 🙂

  18. Good video but could be made easier by attaching the tip of a permanent marker (or something like that) with blu-tack or sticky-tack in those little frame hooks, facing outward from the back of the frame towards the wall. This would mark the wall where the nails should hook onto the frame, then just use spacer blocks between the frames. After that nail the marks made on the wall. Would cut out a lot of the maths😁

  19. Great video. I followed similar steps when we did our gallery wall. One addition – after laying out the pics on the floor, I took a picture of them so we knew which went where when moving from floor to wall – but we had about 35 pics.

  20. Hi guys
    How are you?
    You are a couple so funny hahaha. By the way You don´t need to stay on your fingertips Evan hahaha. You are tall hahaha. So now your project is very nice and a good place too.

  21. Holy shit, Evan looks like the friendliest and most positive human being on the surface of the planet. I feel like he could've run one of those nails all the way through his hand and he would be like "oopsie daisy!"

  22. Need to try this at home some place–maybe office. Listening to live chat–can't tell if question/comment got through though. Glad y'all are live chatting!

  23. There is a great app for hanging pictures called Hang-a-Pic. I have the Android version but I think there is an iphone version as well. Made it super-easy to hang pictures evenly across our wall. Tells you exactly where the nails go. No headaches 🙂

  24. a tip for you guys after the fact, obviously… lol take your pictures and photocopy the back of them. use them as a template, tape them to the wall where you want it and put the nails in the spot where the hanger is. ta da! 😀

  25. You guys forgot the most important tool here: post-it notes (or masking tape). Stick them to the back of the frames so you can number them and make it easier to keep track of which frame goes where instead of having to measure & re-measure each frame to translate your plan on paper into the real world layout.

  26. i would just tape papir the same size of the frames with a mark on the papir where the nail would go. when finished taping where they should go i would push a pen through that whole to make a mark on the back. then do each piece individually. remove papir, add nail, then photo. repeat. you could also just nail the nail through the papir, rip the papir off then hang the photo.

  27. Gosh this is so well planned out. All frames on my walls were never measured out. I'm thinking of doing a stairway gallery so kinda like yours but diagonal this vid has informed and inspired😎

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