The 8 Tools You Need to Hang Your Gallery Wall the Right Way
It can be difficult for most people to hang a gallery wall that’s not just a little off, but these tools of the trade can help.
With so many components, sizes, and shapes to consider, hanging a gallery wall is not an easy task. Luckily, there’s a trick to nailing your gallery wall: map it out before you commit. Here, the tools you need to plan and execute your perfect home gallery.
Use it to map out your arrangement before putting a hole in the wall.
To buy: 3M Safe-Release Multi-Surface Edge-Lock Painters Tape, $6 for 2; lowes.com.
When you’re not drilling into a stud, anchors expand behind the drywall to securely hang heavy frames.
To buy: Liberty Drywall Anchor Assortment (similar), $4; target.com.
Hanging heavy pieces from a wooden stud can provide added support.
To buy: The StudBuddy Magnetic Stud Finder, $10; homedepot.com.
Put these Velcro-style strips on the wall and frame corners to prevent them from shifting.
To buy: Command Picture Hanging Strips, $9; target.com.
Perfect for brick or concrete surfaces, this hardware holds up to 25 pounds.
To buy: OOK 25-lb. Plastic Hard Wall Hangers, $3 for 3; homedepot.com.
Some have a center magnet for hands-free straightening of metal frames.
To buy: Johnson Level 9-in. Magnetic Torpedo Level, $11; lowes.com.
When framing artwork at home, use this to help keep tiny particles from getting caught between the print and the glass.
To buy: Falcon Dust-Off Air Duster, $12; staples.com.
Push and thread this through drywall to hold up to 50 pounds.
To buy: Hillman Gorilla Hook Picture Hanger, from $5 for 2; acehardware.com.
This article originally appeared in the May 2020 issue of Real Simple.