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.

By Leslie Corona and Stephanie Sisco
Updated May 21, 2020
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Gallery wall tools to help you get the job done
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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.

Gallery Wall Tools: Painter's Tape
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Painter’s Tape

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;

Gallery Wall Tools: Anchors
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Drywall Anchors

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;

Gallery Wall Tools: StudBuddy
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Stud Finder

Hanging heavy pieces from a wooden stud can provide added support.

To buy: The StudBuddy Magnetic Stud Finder, $10;

Gallery Wall Tools: Command Strips
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Command Strips

Put these Velcro-style strips on the wall and frame corners to prevent them from shifting.

To buy: Command Picture Hanging Strips, $9;

Gallery Wall Tools: Hard-Wall Hangers
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Hard-Wall Hanger

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;

Gallery Wall Tools: Level


Some have a center magnet for hands-free straightening of metal frames.

To buy: Johnson Level 9-in. Magnetic Torpedo Level, $11;

Gallery Wall Tools: Dust-Off
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Dust Off

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;

Gallery Wall Tools: Monkey Hook
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Monkey Hook

Push and thread this through drywall to hold up to 50 pounds.

To buy: Hillman Gorilla Hook Picture Hanger, from $5 for 2;

This article originally appeared in the May 2020 issue of Real Simple.