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”.
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.
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.
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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