How to Arrange Photos on Stair Walls

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How to Arrange Photos on Stair Walls
Stair walls make a suitable backdrop for framed photos. (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Albums filled with photographs can document a family's history throughout the years. Instead of sticking photographs into albums, though, consider creating a photo album on a wall where you can enjoy the photos daily. The wall along a staircase can be the ideal place for a collage of photographs because the wall area is usually large enough to fill with a large grouping. Arrange photos on stair walls for an attractive display.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Frames
  • Tape measure
  • Cord or rope
  • Hanging hardware
  • Hammer or drill

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  1. 1

    Collect the photographs you wish to display. Various sizes of photos works well for this arrangement. Use frames of all different styles or create a theme such as all silver or all oak. Mat all the photos with the same colour mats or omit matting the photographs.

  2. 2

    Measure the wall space where you wish to arrange the photos with the tape measure. Make the highest point of the photo hanging area about 6 to 8 inches above average eye level as you stand on each stair. This means that the highest point of the photos will be a diagonal line parallel to the stairs, getting higher as the stairs go higher. The lowest point of the picture hanging area will be about 6 to 8 inches below average eye level as you stand on each stair. This means that the lowest point of the area will be a diagonal line parallel to the top line -- the space between the two lines will probably be about 18 to 24 inches.

  3. 3

    Create a similar space on the floor by stretching out two lengths of cord or rope to represent the top and bottom points on stair wall.

  4. 4

    Place the framed photographs onto the floor between the lengths of cord or rope and experiment with different arrangements. Mix and match the photos with about 3 to 6 inches in between each frame until you create an arrangement you like.

  5. 5

    Transfer the first photograph to the wall, starting with a photo in the centre near the highest point on the stair wall. Hang this photo on the wall. Add the photos to the left, right and under the first photograph until you fill the stair wall with all of the photos.

  6. 6

    Stand back and check the photos to ensure that you like the arrangement.

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