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how to create a gallery wall on a budget

My simple gallery wall has become a major focal point in my living room space. People always ask me where I got the frames and how much they were. I have to smile because it’s hands down most inexpensive gallery wall you could put together!

why a gallery wall?

I used to be so scared of putting things on the walls in my apartments. I was afraid it would look messy and cluttered, but in reality, the empty walls made my space look more like a rental than anything else! A gallery wall is an awesome way to add some art to your space and make it look more “you”.

how to create a gallery wall on a budget

gallery wall frame on a budget

If you’ve been looking into creating a gallery wall like this, you’re probably aware that frames (especially large frames) are super expensive. Before you know it, the cost of the frames along with the pictures is a small fortune.

Over the years, I’ve become more and more a fan of the minimalist look and style. I love simplicity with decorating so this RIBBA frame from IKEA was perfect. It comes with a simple white mat too.

You guys, it’s only $14.99. Uh, what?? What a deal!

I wanted an oversized frame so I chose the 19 3/4″ X 27 1/2″ size. I’m glad I didn’t get the largest frame because I think the 16×20 opening in the mat is a perfect size for wedding and engagement pictures.

I also love the simple, classic look of black and white, so I purchased 16×20 sized posters through Shutterfly. Shutterfly often runs sales, so keep an eye out so you get a good deal.Β 

review of RIBBA gallery frame

When I first saw the frames I was a little worried because the materials appear low cost. Let me assure you, once these frames are all put together with the pictures they look anything but low-cost!

Two things I noticed in online reviews that concerned me at first, but I want to dispell. 

  • I saw negative reviews about the polycarbonate material used in lieu of glass. I didn’t want the poly material to look wavy or cheap. There is a protective film you remove as a final step and once the protective film is removed, it looks just like glass, especially when it’s hanging on the wall. 
  • There were also negative reviews about the sides of the frame “warping” or “bowing out”. I received the frames the day before we went on vacation, so they sat in our humid apartment for about a week. When we returned I noticed the sides of the frames had bowed slightly. However, if you follow the directions inside the frame you insert some small screws into the sides of the frame to help correct this issue. 
how to create a gallery wall on a budget

NOTE: The frames do not come with hardware to hang them up, so you just have to be a little creative with figuring out what will work in your home.

The frames and pictures for this gallery wall totaled about $120 including shipping for the frames. If you live locally to an IKEA you could do it for cheaper.

I absolutely love this gallery wall. There are so many ways you can arrange these frames. Whether you hang them or set them on a shelf and lean them against the wall. I hope you feel inspired to add something to your walls today!


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  1. Taylor

    June 23, 2020 at 5:52 am

    Where is your couch from?

    1. Caitlin De Lay

      June 25, 2020 at 8:31 am

      Hi, Taylor thanks for commenting! My couch is from a local store called Discount Furniture of the Carolina’s. I hope this helps!

    2. Kiersten

      March 23, 2021 at 12:29 pm

      How did you connect the frames to the wall? I’m having issues with the same frames and can’t figure it out

      1. Caitlin De Lay

        March 23, 2021 at 7:08 pm

        Hey Kristin, thanks for commenting. When I first hung these frames, I used nails, but they are so difficult to hang because of how shallow the bracket is. Since then, I purchased command strips, trimmed them in half length-wise, and then attached them around the frames’ perimeter. This works really well because the frames are very lightweight and the command strips don’t leave any marks on the wall after removal. Let me know how that works for you!

  2. Juju

    August 26, 2020 at 5:08 am

    Hi Caitlin,
    The prints look supurb on your wall. just a question about the mat window size, is it slightly smaller than your actual 16 x20 prints or is it exactly 16 x 20?

    1. Caitlin De Lay

      August 31, 2020 at 8:06 pm

      It’s slightly smaller to accommodate your 16X20 prints πŸ™‚

      1. Colleen

        November 26, 2022 at 6:17 pm

        Could you tell me if you did your prints glossy, pearl or matte?

        1. Caitlin De Lay

          November 27, 2022 at 10:24 pm

          Hi Colleen, thanks for the question! So I believe I did the poster prints option. I’m not sure if I opted for glossy, pearl, or matte (it was a couple years ago); however, I usually go with the matte options whenever possible!

  3. Gina Lee

    September 16, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    Hi! How did you determine which wall to use for your gallery? I have a corner couch and am having a hard time figuring out which wall to place the gallery. Thank you!

    1. admin

      September 24, 2020 at 9:04 pm

      Gina, Thanks for the comment! It’s hard to say without seeing it in person, but I think wall galleries look really nice above a couch or a buffet. If you want to, feel free to send me some photos on IG or to my email Good luck!

  4. Radhika

    March 18, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    Hi Caitlin,

    I have the Ribba frame but was wondering how to hang them using command strips as the back of the frame is thinner than the command strip size.

    Pls let me know how you hung the frames on the wall.


    1. Caitlin De Lay

      March 20, 2021 at 7:23 pm

      Hi there Radhika! Thanks for the question πŸ™‚ I actually cut the command strip in half length-wise. The Ribba frame is pretty thin, but cutting in half works well on the thin frame and still secures it on the wall. Hope this answers your question!

  5. Bryn

    October 13, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    Where is this rug from?? Love how you decorated the room!

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