How to Create a Gallery Wall on a Staircase: Art Hanging Tips

The at-home Gallery Wall is an interior trend which been growing rapidly in popularity over the years and it's no wonder - they are a striking feature in any room when executed well! Utilising a Gallery Wall is an excellent way to show off artwork and photographs and can be made as personal as desired through the addition of sentimentally valuable family items. What's more, they're relatively easy to achieve in a room with right angle corners where ceilings are parallel to the floor. However, they can be much trickier in an often-overlooked space which can have an even more remarkable impact: the stairs!


Most staircases have at least one large expanse of wall which tends to be ignored when it comes to finding a home for art. This is sometimes due to its transient nature; a staircase is a functional part of the home thought of by some as a means to an end rather than a space in its own right. It may not even enter one’s mind when visualising wall space around the home. Another reason the stairs are left unloved is accessibility. Hanging artwork requires space to move and the use of ladders and specialist equipment. It’s easy to see why the thought of attempting all of this whilst teetering on the edge of a step would put some homeowners off the idea and lead them back to the safety of the comfortably level dining room.


However, bravery pays off! And creating your own gallery wall up a staircase could end up being a real show-stopper in your home. By following these simple tips, getting it right will be a breeze. Your stairway wall will be the first place you head when you have something new to display!

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The lack of a consistent starting point to measure from is the main complication when using a stairway as a Gallery Wall. To tackle this, measure 150cm (59 inches) up from each step and mark the wall above. Once you have done every step connect the dots with some masking tape. This line will give you a rough central point to gather your frames along.




Unify your pieces by working with your new central line try and create consistency by keeping spaces between pieces in a straight grid pattern, like the blocks on a New York City street map. Try to keep frames the same colour and thickness with similar coloured mounts. This will help create a stunning statement and make the wall read as a whole and not just a few frames randomly slung on the wall.




Using paper templates the same size as the pieces you are hanging will allow you to arrange and rearrange to your hearts content. Simply lay them on the floor until you find a layout you like or tape them to the wall to see the layout in situ. This can make drilling holes much easier as you can drill right through the paper and know you have them in the right place for the right frame size. Don’t forget to include the total size of your piece including any mounts and frames. Although size is important to consider when thinking about layout, the actual piece is important too. Consider if you want to keep pieces with similar themes together, like one of David Gray’s costal landscapes alongside a beautiful depiction of the waves by Chloe Elliott and sunny family beach holiday photographs, or if you want the contrast of very different pieces like black and white photographs next to an abstract beach scene by Wendy Parkin.




Finally, as the average stairway is a high traffic area frames or pieces being nudged out of place is highly likely. If wonky pictures drive you crazy then simply use two screws when hanging your pieces. This will stop them from going crooked but also hold your artwork tighter than a single screw which is safer with children heading up and down the stairs.