How To: Hang a Grid

Grids make a large statement using small pieces. Since you can use just about anything in a series to make them, they're often an affordable alternative to a large-scale piece of art. Yesterday on AT, we showed a set of vintage flashcards that we hung in a grid over the weekend. Today, we thought we'd lay out the method we used to hang the grid, step-by-step...

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First, figure out how many items you're going to hang and how many rows you want. If your number of items isn't divisible by a whole, you'll have remainders leftover. We had 54 flashcards, so we decided to do 3 rows of 18 (54/3=18).

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Next, approximate how tall your grid will be and how wide. Determine how much space you want in between, and where you want the bottom to hit. It's much easier to hang a grid from the bottom up using a piece of furniture as a guideline. We measured up from our credenza to the height where we wanted the grid to line up, and we calculated that we wanted 1 inch of space between each flashcard.

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We hung the bottom row first using a level, a hammer, and medium-sized nails (no picture hooks). After determining where we wanted the first nail to go, we measured subsequent nails using the level. As we went, we hung a few flashcards to make sure the grid looked okay.

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Once the bottom of the grid was hung, we took all the flashcards down and used the first row of nails as a guide for the upper rows. We used the level to measure a straight line up from each nail, calculating for an inch of space between the rows.

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We used the same system and measurements to wrap our grid around a corner. As we went along, we kept hanging cards to make sure the grid looked right and our measurements weren't off.

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The finished product: a grid of 54 flashcards. Each piece doesn't hang perfectly straight, but as a whole the effect is pretty even.

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