How to Create a Plate Wall in Your Home

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A plate wall is a simple yet creative way to decorate a space. Below, Emma shares 4 simple steps to help recreate your own design at home.

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The selection of art is an intensely personal and often costly process. For those looking for a more economical and slightly different way to fill a blank space in a room, then a plate wall is a great solution and is easier to do than you might think. Our founder and creative director Emma Sims Hilditch and her husband John demonstrate the simple process in four easy steps:

Step 1: Determining Your Arrangement

  • When choosing the plates, try to select a range of sizes and a variety of origins. Plates which carry meaning or a message are great additions to the design as they help it to become a meaningful part of the home.
  • Lay the plates out on a table to determine where each should be positioned before hanging them on the wall. This is a creative process which can be done by eye.

Top Tip - Use a tape measure to work out the dimensions of the plate wall first and arrange the plates accordingly.

Step 2: Measuring the Wall and Plates

  • Once the plates are arranged on the table, measure the distance to the top of each plate starting from the highest point down, with the topmost plate being ‘0’. Then mark these measurements on the wall.

Top tip – draw a rough sketch of where the plates will be positioned and record the measurements here.

Step 3: Preparing Your Plates

  • Before hanging, clean the back of each plate using Astonish or a similar cleaner where an adhesive disk with a hook will be applied. Prepare the disk (‘The Original Invisible Plate Hanger’) by applying water to the back and rubbing it with your finger for 5-10 minutes. Stick it on the underside of the plate and leave it for 24 hours to bond.

Step 4: Hanging Your Plates

  • Once the plates are ready, find the centre point on the wall and use the measurements previously recorded to place a hook point where each plate will be positioned, before finally hanging them according to the design.

Top tip - Try to stick to the measurements as a guide at this stage, but remember that this is an artistic process which may be deviated from slightly to add creative flair!

Sims Hilditch Plate Wall

See Emma Sims Hilditch demonstrate how to create a plate wall in practice here: