Gallery wall tutorial using IKEA Ribba frames

I get loads of questions on my instagram page about the photo gallery wall in my living room, so I thought it might be helpful to write a blog post about it!

I got the idea after browsing Pinterest, and it was one of the first features I decided on for the new house. We’d had professional photos done during my pregnancy with Louie and just after he was born (blog post describing these in more detail coming soon), and I knew this would be the perfect way to display some of them in our home.

I had originally wanted to have a grid of 9 frames, however when we got home having bought the frames and ordered the prints, it was clear the wall was absolutely not big enough. Rookie error on my part! Note to everyone: measure your wall first!

What you will need

  • 6 Ikea Ribba frames 50x50cm – £10 each. You can order online or check stock in your local store here
  • A 30x30cm print for each frame. We ordered poster prints of our professional photos online for £3 per print from Asda Photo
  • 6 picture hooks. We used ones like this, which were fine in our plasterboard walls, but I would advise double checking what type would be best for your home before buying
  • Tape measure
  • Hammer
  • Pencil
  • Spirit level
  • Someone to help you! I imagine someone who knows what they’re doing could probably install this themselves, but my OH and I are pretty useless so it required both of us

What we did

First, we put the prints in the frames.

Then we laid out all the frames out on the floor in a grid. We found this helpful for two reasons: to decide what order to present the pictures in, and to see how much space to leave between each frame. We agreed on a gap of 4cm between each frame.

Once we decided on our layout, we worked out the entire width and drop of the gallery – with gaps of 4cm ours measured width 158cm and drop 104 cm.

We then used the tape measure to measure out on the wall where the feature would need to go in order to be central, and marked each corner out with a bit of masking tape.

Now came the (not so) fun part! Due to our severe lack of common sense, it took a bit of trial and error for us to work out how to hang the photos but we got there in the end!

We started with the top left frame. There is a hook situated on the back of each frame in the upper centre to hang onto the picture hook. We used the tape measure to work out how far the picture hook would need to be placed from our corner tape marker, then drew a dot on the wall in pencil. We then used a hammer to knock a picture hook into the wall.

To work out where to place the next picture hook, we measured the distance from the hanging hook on the back of the frame to the edge of the frame, multiplied it by 2, and added 4cm. We then used the spirit level and the tape measure to measure out this distance across to the right from the first picture hook. We then marked the wall with pencil and hammered in the next picture hook.

We carried on like this until all 6 hooks were in place, then hung the frames up, made sure they were all straight, and voila! Simple but effective gallery wall complete!

I hope you have found this tutorial helpful. I’d love to see your gallery walls, please feel free to tag me in them on Instagram and use #luckyplot13 if you’re happy to be featured on my page in the future.

Love Frankie x

Additional Product Info:

My sofas are the Ellison Grande range by Sofa Workshop at DFS

The pink fluffy cushions are from Matalan

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  1. Lindsay

    February 1, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! LOVE LOVE LOVE the couch x

    1. admin

      February 1, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      Thank you so much! Xx

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