Easy DIY Tutorial – Gallery Wall with Ikea Ribba Frames

Want to create a gallery wall but don’t know where to start. Frames or photos? Then there is the measuring nightmare and the spacing! Below you will find all the instructions and diagrams you need to create a flawless gallery wall in half the time with all the planning and measurements done. All you have to do is shop, pick out your pics and follow the directions to hang.

STEP 1a   Select Your Frames – Ikea Ribba Series – sizes are in centimeters unless otherwise labeled b/c it was easier to make the pattern since Ikea frame sizes are based on the metric system.


STEP 1b Get Your Supplies – Love the idea of a gallery wall but not 100 new holes in your freshly painted wall? Here are two products that will help. You can find both of these at Target. In my opion the Hang and Level is well worth the $15. The Arrow thumbtack picture hangers come in a large pack of 10lb, 15lb and 20lb for $9.


STEP 2  Figure out your wall size and arrangement – See More Examples Below


STEP 3 Divide and conquer. You will need to put this up in sections as well as in the following order to make your life easier. There will be some sections that are not 2.5” apart. Only the areas in red should be spaced at 2.5”. See below for my suggested order to put them up. The order may seem strange, but think of it as aligning your baselines 1st then moving on to aligning the outside edges.

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Finished Project: Photowall

Other Arrangements:


13 thoughts on “Easy DIY Tutorial – Gallery Wall with Ikea Ribba Frames

  1. I love this! I love that you did all the measuring and mapping! Thank you so much! Are all of the frames from the Ribba series?

  2. I LOVE this! The only problem is I’m not mathematician and I can’t figure out which frames are which by your diagram. Anyway you can label it with the picture size inside of us to help us less math-inclined people? Trying to do this with my long weekend and have spent about 30 minutes so fart trying to figure it which frame is which!


  3. Never mind! I printed them out and shadowed them on the window to figure out the sizes. #thinkoutsidethebox Thanks for your hard work!

  4. Thank you for this fantastic post. I cant seem to find the 72 x 102 size anywhere. Just wondering if ikea maybe discontinued it?

  5. I LOVE this arrangement and it is exactly what I’ve been looking for! It is a bit too long so I’m trying to see if I can reduce it to 7’6″. Could you tell me what the sizes of the frames, or pictures in them, are? I’m trying to pull Ikeas dimensions and guess which size picture you have in them, but I want to be sure(if possible). It’s beautiful! I am thinking I can cut off the first and last row, then the row of 4×6 on the right end..

    1. Thank you! All of the sizes are listed in the diagram for step 1 🙂 The alternerative arrangemnets were created with teh same frames.

    1. The sizes are in step one of the tutorial inside the graphic. They are in centimenters. IKEA has the inch conversion on their site.

  6. Was the above gallery created by using specifically the Ribba series frames from Ikea? Any other frame line from Ikea used? Ikea has 4 of the Ribba series frames you mention above, but missing 3 (72×102, 42×52, and 32×42). Was the LOMVIKEN series used? Love the layout and trying to recreate it! Thanks!

    1. Yes, I did only use Ribba frames due to the ease of sizing. When you do the math with those frames. Two small = a medium. 2 medium + a large etc. But given IKEA used European sizing, most of their frames should be able to fit in the template. I personally wouldn’t try to fit american sizes in the mix to avoid a math nightmare.

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