How to Create a Runner’s Gallery Wall

A gallery wall is the perfect way to show off your race memorabilia and add a touch of art to your home. Your memories and milestones should be celebrated and easy for all to see!

Designing and mounting a gallery wall isn’t as intimidating as it looks – if this math-hater can do it, so can you! Check out Run Ink’s how-to below.

Gather all your framed pieces, (check out Run Ink’s framing tutorial if you need help!) and arrange them on the floor how you want to hang them. As pictured below, align the middle of the column of smaller frames with the middle of the column of taller frames. This contrast in sizes will give the gallery nice composition.

Take a piece of paper and draw a simple diagram of your layout. Nothing fancy, just some rectangles for perspective. Measure and record the width and heights of all your frames. As pictured below, I like to have the space between all the frames be consistent – in this case it was 2″.

Pick the framed piece that you consider to be the most important, or most central to your grouping. Then turn it over (I know… big step).

Measure the width of the frame to locate the central hanging point – this is where you will put the nail on the wall. The frame below is 11″ wide, so the central point is 5.5″.

Measure from the top of the frame to the central hanging point. If your frame has a bracket, this is where the nail will rest; if the frame doesn’t then refer to the edge of the frame). In this case, it was about .5″. From there, transcribe said measurement onto your handy-dandy diagram.

Time to take these bad boys to the wall! Ideally you want the middle of the arrangement to be at eye-level. This of course is subjective; I’m 5′ 9″ and my husband is 6′ 7″, so our prints are always hung a bit higher than the average person. Don’t stress about the overall height too much, just start where it seems comfortable. If your prints seems off after you’ve hung them, there is always plaster putty.

Follow your handy-dandy diagram, and put the nails, hanging brackets, or my fav – the monkey hook, where that central hanging point is for each frame. Then mount your prints.

Viola! You have just created your very own, at-home gallery wall!

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