How to Hang Multiple Pictures on the Wall

Hanging multiple pictures on a wall is an attractive way to display family portraits or pictures that have a similar theme. The key is arranging the pictures in a pleasing way. Some homeowners may start nailing pictures to the wall without a plan, only to discover that the finished grouping doesn't look balanced or appealing. It also leaves multiple holes in the wall. The right height, arrangement and spacing of the pictures is crucial to an attractive grouping.

Pick a picture to be the focal point of the grouping. This may be the largest picture, your favourite or one that suggests a theme, such as a family portrait that you plan to surround by pictures of the individual members of the family.

Tear off a piece of butcher paper that is large enough to accommodate your picture grouping.

Lay the butcher paper on the floor or on a work surface and arrange the pictures the way you want them on the wall. Space them approximately 2 inches apart. This gives them a windowlike effect in a small area and visually balances them in a large space.

Trace around each picture frame with a pencil once you decide on the perfect arrangement.

Remove the pictures from the paper one at a time, after measuring how far down from the top of the picture the hanger is and marking that spot on the paper. Place the pictures on the floor or on the work surface in the order you remove them from the paper. This makes it simpler to remember where you want them on the wall.

Cut out the perimeter of the grouping with scissors. Do not cut around each individual frame.

Tape the paper to the wall with masking or painter's tape. Position it so that the centre of the focal picture is at eye level or approximately 60 inches from the ground. If you are hanging the pictures in a horizontal line, keep the centre of each picture at eye level, no matter its size.

Hammer the nails directly through the paper for each picture frame. You can easily tear it off the wall once you are done.

Hang each picture on the wall according to the pattern you traced. With the nails already in place, you won't need to guess the correct spacing.


If you are not pleased with the arrangement once it is taped to the wall, erase the drawings or use the back side of the butcher paper and begin again. Butcher paper is available at discount and home supply stores or at shipping centres.

Things You'll Need

  • Butcher paper
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Masking or painter's tape
  • Hammer and nails
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