It seems that people have completely opposite opinions regarding the wall gallery. It can cause skepticism because of simplicity, and vice versa, make a person give up the idea, because of the insecurity that something worthy will turn out. In fact, the truth is somewhere in the middle. Absolutely everyone can make it, but for this it is necessary to put some effort and have some ideas. We broke the whole process into six stages. We will try to describe all the work here in detail. For this project you will need:
Nails with a narrow head.
There are several ways to design a wall gallery, but we believe that the simplest thing is to measure the wall, transfer these dimensions to the floor and build a frame directly on it. So first we need to know the size of the wall.We measured the wall and the space that will occupy the frame.
Sketch the layout of the frames on paper
This step can be skipped, but I like to have an idea of how the frames should be placed before I actually start spreading them. This will help more fully take into account all the features of the wall when framing the framework, for example, the presence of a rail to protect the walls from damage to the backs of chairs. There are many ways of placing frames, and if you have a creative look, it is likely your intuition will tell how it to do. But if you do not know where to start, here are a few options.
Option 1: Alignment at the bottom edge
The lower parts of the frames are aligned along one line, while the vertices can be located in a staggered okay On this version, we stopped, as it allowed to leave an even space between the rack and the edge of each frame.
Option 2: Alignment on the bottom andtop edge
This is quite difficult to do, as you will need frames that perfectly fit together. The easiest way to do this is if you buy them in 1-2 sizes, which you will work with.
Option 3: Align with the upper edge
We usually use this style. The upper parts of the frames are aligned at the same level, while the lower ones are located differently.
Option 4: Aligning the center
This option looks more natural, but as a result may create an impression of randomness . There is an imaginary line that runs through the center of the gallery. Some frames go a little above this line, others - a little lower, but the line itself remains at the same level. And again, you can always arrange your frames randomly (bases of any alignment), but if you don’t know what start, you can use the options above. Note: we like it when the space between the frames remains the same as possible. For this wall gallery we chose a distance of 3 cm, but if the frames were large, it could grow to 5 cm.
Marking of space on the floor
Mark the floor according to the measurements made on the wall.We used a tape measure as the bottom edge and marked the edges of the gallery.
Laying out frames
This part of the work is the most interesting. Place your frames in relation to the marks left on the floor. We leveled their lower edges along the roulette, placing the frames at a distance of 3 cm from each other as much as possible, trying to take into account the balance of the frames of large and small sizes, but without creating obvious symmetry. Perhaps the result that suits you will not come from first time.
Measurements for fastening frames
Then turn over all the frames, leaving them in their original places. You will have to find out the dimensions of each frame, and also make a mark where the nail will be located in the wall for its fastening. In our case, several frames had the same size, so we had to measure only those that differed (for example, 4 cm below the top edge, 12 cm from the edges). The easiest option is to draw a diagram of the location of the frames and write on each its size and location of the nail.This may seem tedious, but this approach will greatly simplify the work when it enters the stage of making holes in the wall.
Now that you have all the measurement results recorded, the next part of the work will not be difficult. The easiest way is to start with a frame that is located relative to the alignment line (in our case, this is the bottom frame, since the entire gallery will be equal to the bottom edge). We started with the bottom right frame and continued to the left. You need to know the overall dimensions of the location of the gallery, so the whole composition will be in the middle. Here I will tell in more detail. Let's imagine that the nail should be 12 cm from the edges of your frame and 18 cm from its bottom edge (here I bring the location relative to the bottom part, since the alignment is on the bottom).To determine the place where you need to drive a nail, you will have to add additional distances at which the gallery should be located from the edge of the wall (or from the rail, in our case). Therefore, if you need to place the frame 22 cm from the edge of the wall, then you need to drive a nail 34 cm from its edge. We wanted the distance between the frames and the rail to be 8 cm, so we folded 8 and 17 cm, getting 25 cm from the rail. So the first nail was driven in at a distance of 35 cm from the edge of the wall and 25 cm above the slats. Other tips: After you mark the location of a pair of frames, you will have to point report to take other frames, rather than things like the edge of the wall or the edge of the rake. Do not forget to add the extra space that you want to leave between the frames. Do not drive all the nails at once. Hang one frame at a prepared place, and then move on to the next. In this case, if you mess up something, you will have to change the location of one nail, but not all. And finally, pick up nails of small sizes, but at the same time they are quite strong. Everything is ready!
Enjoy the result. Once you understand how this method of creating a wall gallery works, you can cope with any kind of scenery: a combination of fine art and photography, various locations, etc.