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How to hang pictures like a pro

Regardless of where in your home you want to hang pictures or what layout you decide on, getting it exactly how you want it is easy. Just follow these simple steps and you can achieve even the most elaborate art wall with everything perfectly straight – and no unnecessary extra nail holes.

A picture wall in the making with pictures in RIBBA, KNOPPÄNG and LOMVIKEN frames, plus paper templates taped to the wall.
A picture wall in the making with pictures in RIBBA, KNOPPÄNG and LOMVIKEN frames, plus paper templates taped to the wall.

Here’s what you need

  • Frames for your pictures
  • A roll of paper
  • Pencil, scissors and masking tape
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Hooks or nails for hanging
A desktop with RIBBA and LOMVIKEN frames, a roll of brown paper, a roll of tape, scissors, a hammer, a ruler and a pencil.

Pen and paper preparations

Trace your frames on the paper and cut out templates for each frame. Measure from the top edge of the frame to the hook or string on the back. Then, make the same measurement on the paper and make a mark with a pencil.

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A desktop with a RIBBA picture frame upside down on a paper template, plus white MÄRKBART scissors, a ruler and a pencil.
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Working out the right layout

Tape the templates to your wall in a configuration you like. If you want, you can try different layouts on the floor before you begin. It’s easy moving things around until you’ve found a nice balance. Then, mount hooks or nails through the templates where you marked them.

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Brown paper templates taped to a wall above a row of white/aspen EKENABBEN open shelving units with books and decorations.
A man driving nails through brown paper templates taped to a wall above a row of white/aspen EKENABBEN open shelving units.
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Premiering your picture wall

Once the hooks or nails are in place, remove all paper templates carefully so the tape doesn’t leave marks. Now for the best part – hanging your pictures. If you want, use a spirit level to get everything straight. There! All done.

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An art wall with frames in various sizes above a row of low shelving units, plus a black FRÖSET easy chair on a jute rug.
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A man hanging a picture in a black RIBBA frame on a beige wall with brown paper templates taped to it.
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Before hanging a piece of wall décor, choosing the right frame and mat – or even multiple mat layers – can really help refine the look.
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Frederick Allouard RubinInterior Designer

A picture wall over an ash RÖNNINGE table, with black RIBBA and LOMVIKEN frames plus other frames and decorative items.

More picture-wall ideas to help you find your style

Thinking of hanging some pictures? Check out these style suggestions to make your new art wall everything you want it to be.

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