There are probably 101 different ways to hang a gallery wall, and my way isn’t new or innovative–it is just what works for me. In the case of Greta’s gallery wall, the circumstance is a little different because there is no furniture in the room to center things over or to gage how high to hang the pictures. I remedied that in no time by taping off her 59″x34″ crib on the wall where it will soon (keeping my fingers crossed) sit. It took only a minute and it made all the difference as far as visualizing and spacing was concerned.
I pulled out our big roll of butcher paper and arranged the frames just as I planned out. I used the top of the paper as a guide to keep things level.
And then I traced away–which is kindergarten-simple, but also the most important part of this task so I took my time and made sure my lines weren’t going caddywompus on me. Straight. Clean. Level lines. That’s what we’re going for. After that, I measured where the hangers were on each frame and put an x in that exact spot….which would be hard to mimic with crazy, inaccurate lines, huh?
I knew that the frames on the paper were level, so when I taped the butcher paper up on the wall, all I had to do was make sure the paper was level and lined up with the outline of the crib.
Even though I left a solid 2 feet of space between the top of Greta’s crib and the bottom of the lowest frame, I didn’t want to take any chances of her ripping one of the frames off the wall and it shattering on her. I can’t even think about it. So, I took an extra safety precaution and attached industrial strength velcro to the corners of all four frames on the bottom row.