Do you admire the rooms you see with perfectly aligned photo gallery walls in your favorite decorating magazines, but can never seem to figure out how they get every frame perfectly aligned? I know the answer. The best part – it is so easy to achieve –plus you won’t have to make any holes in your walls.
Hanging art – gallery style, can add quite a lot of interest to a room. Popular ways are to use a grid pattern or to fit frames together on a wall like a puzzle. Today I want to show you how to hang frames that will wrap around a room, keeping them all perfectly in line and straight.
There is only one easy way to do this without pulling your hair out and that is to use Command Picture Hanging Strips. If you have used these – you know just how awesome they are. They should be in every decorator’s toolbox. After ease of hanging – the next best feature of these magical little strips is that when it comes time to remove them – they come off cleanly and won’t damage your walls thanks to the stretch-release technology that is on all Command Products.
I added a wraparound art gallery to my dining room.
Dining Room Walls Before
Perfectly aligned frames hung quickly and easily with the help of Command Picture Hanging Strips.
Wall Frames with matte included (maximum weight 16 lbs. each) – I got mine at IKEA
2 sets of Command™ Medium or Large Picture Hanging Strips for each frame
Colored and patterned scrapbook paper
Note: Follow all Command™ Brand package instructions for proper surface cleaning and prep, adhesive strip placement and recommended weight claims; for example 4 large Picture Hanging Strips hold a maximum weight of 16 pounds.
You will need enough frames to go around the room or corner of a room. I lined my frames up along the floor first to figure out how many I would need and the spacing between each. If you plan to go around a corner – figure the spacing needed there first – and then use that spacing for the rest of the frames.
If you don’t have a laser level to help hang your frames at the same height across the wall, you can easily use a yardstick and 2 sets of Command Picture Hanging Strips to help you hang your frames straight. On the back side of a yardstick, attach one set of strips horizontally to each end. The pull tabs can face in or out – it doesn’t matter. ( I will explain how to use this later in the tutorial.)
Clean back of frames and wall area where you will be hanging the frames with isopropyl rubbing alcohol and let dry.
1. Remove matte from frame. Cut desired patterns from scrapbook paper a bit larger than matte opening.
3. Use tape to attach the scrapbook paper to the back of the matte. Place back into frame.
4. For each frame you will need 2 sets of Command Picture Hanging Strips. To make a set, simply attach two strips together as shown.
5. Attach one set to each side on the back of your frame.
6. Clean the wall surface with isopropyl rubbing alcohol, wipe gently and let dry.
7. Decide where you want to hang the frames and use a bubble level and a yardstick with the Command Picture Hanging Strips attached to create a level surface to act as a hanging guide. Remove the green liner from the strips and press yardstick to wall once you have found a level line.
8.. Start in the center of the wall and work out to each side. Remove the green liner from the Command Picture Hanging Strips and place first frame along yardstick. Press into wall. Then press it into place on the wall firmly for 30 seconds. I spaced mine 1-inch apart and used the measurement markings on the yardstick to easily figure this out.
9. You need to let the picture hanging strips set before adding the weight of the frames to them, so you will need to remove the frame from the wall by slowly pulling the frame from the bottom and pulling straight towards you. This will leave the wall mounted strip in place. Wait one hour to re- mount the frames, making sure to press the fasteners together until they click.
10. Repeat with the rest of the frames.
11. Carefully remove yardstick by holding on the bottom and angle up and away from wall.
12. Carefully remove strips by slowly pulling tab and stretching it along the wall. Do not pull out, but along the wall. This is very important to ensure the Command Picture Hanging Strips come off cleanly. When the strips are applied vertically – pull the strips down to remove them cleanly.
13. Keep pulling at least 12 inches until strip releases from wall.
Wrapping framed art or photos around the room will add quite a colorful focus to a room.
I am working with Command Brand from 3M to share projects I created in my home. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.