10 ways to design your Instagram grid like a pro

10 ways to design your Instagram grid like a pro
Believe it or not, one of the very first things that create the user’s impulse to click the Follow button is your Instagram feed. The more stylish and cohesive your Instagram feed is, the more likely you are to boost your account engagement and following. So create a gorgeous Instagram grid layout to your advantage in order to create an attention-grabbing feed.

The Instagram grid helps you design your feed better, structure your content, plan your Instagram feed, etc. Also, it helps you think about the overall look of your feed.

10 ways to design your Instagram grid

Every single square in your feed plays an important role. If you haven’t thought about creating and sticking to an Instagram grid layout, this article provides you with all you need to know about building an eye-catching Instagram grid.

If you want to see how your feed will look after posting your photos, AiGrow’s grid preview of the feed posts feature would be the best choice.

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Here are 10 ways to design an Instagram grid layout:

Instagram grid 1# Square

This Instagram grid layout is the most basic one. Creating this Instagram grid isn’t a big deal because all you need to do is to post your photo, each square at a time. All you need to pay careful attention to is sticking to a consistent filter and color combination.

Instagram grid layout-checkboard

Tip: You’d better choose a color that reflects your brands, products, and your personality.

Instagram grid 2# Checkerboard

All that really matters in the process of creating a checkerboard Instagram grid is the background color. Most of the users who want to have such an Instagram grid make consistent use of two solid colors or non-colors and alternate them to create the checkerboard impression.

If you are an influencer, a brand, or whoever wants to inspire your audience through text and visuals, then this layout works best for you. 

Post a photo, then a quote, followed by a photo and another quote. Keep posting this way to create your checkerboard layout. Don’t forget to use consistent background color for both your visuals and text.

Instagram grid layout-checkboard

Tip: You can also use a picture as a background alternating with a solid color. Let’s look at the photo below to see how you can use a picture as a background of your quote to create the checkerboard feeling.

Instagram grid-checkboard-picture background

Instagram grid 3# Diagonal

This is another Instagram grid that is so easy to do and is used by a lot of Instagrammers. This grid features images with similar visual aesthetics, objects, individuals, quotes, etc,. in a diagonal order.

Bear in mind that it is very important to use the same kind of photo, color, or filters in the grids that have the same shape.

Instagram grid layout-diagonal

Instagram grid 4# Row-By-Row

This is one of the most interesting grid layouts because when you scroll through an Instagram page with this layout, it feels like browsing through a magazine, catalog, or a book narrating a story in each row.

What really matters when you are creating this kind of layout is that the three photos in a row don’t need to feature the same object per photo. What is of great importance is that these photos should be related to each other in terms of visual theme, color, etc.

Tip: The trick to this Instagram layout is that you have to post three images at a time, or the alignment will be off.

Instagram grid layout-row by row

Instagram grid 5# Tonal

Creating a Tonal layout is pretty easy since the only thing you need is picking a certain tone, color scheme, or filter. You need to feature this tone or color in every single photo you post.

This grid provides a kind of visually appealing gallery. Although the content of your pictures may differ, your feed looks like a matching set of eye-catching photos.

Instagram grid layout-tonal

Instagram grid 6# Rainbow 

Planning the Rainbow grid is a little bit harder than the others; the reason is that you have to change the filters, colors, and edits, after every 3, 6, or 9 photos. 

Despite all efforts and time this grid takes to be created, it is undeniably helpful to make your account stand out. Your feed looks like a rainbow as you scroll through it. 

Tip: You can use a theme divider whenever you transition to a new theme. For example, if you have had the blue color theme or a specific filter for 6 photos in a row, upload 3 similar images with the same theme as a separator and then upload 6 new photos with a new theme (with the green color).

Instagram grid layout-rainbow

Instagram grid 7# Line in the middle

This layout is pretty easy to maintain and, of course, very beautiful to look at. The line in the middle of your feed is usually quoting, but you can be creative and upload whatever you want. No matter what you want to use as the middle line of your feed, whatever it is, it should have the same theme. 

Besides, The images on each side of the middle line should have the same theme. If you want to be more intentional, it would be a great idea to choose a text in the middle related to the photos on each side, etc.

Instagram grid layout-line in the middle

Instagram grid 8# Borders

Creating a consistent layout can be as easy as applying a border to all of your uploaded images. There are apps out there that give you the possibility to apply your favorite borders like a circle, black, or white ones.

Instagram grid layout-borders

Instagram grid 9# Puzzle 

This grid layout is probably one of the hardest to execute and maintain. In order to create such a grid, you need to split a single image into multiple ones and post each individual part on a day-to-day basis to end up recreating the larger version of your image.

What really matters when you want to create a puzzle Instagram grid is that if you want your audience to be engaged and like the individual photos you have posted, they’d better make sense on their own.

Instagram grid layout-puzzle

Instagram grid 10# Mixed 

A mixed feed grid layout helps you build a feed with different kinds of layouts. It means once you’ve chosen an Instagram grid layout, you don’t need to stick to it forever.

You can use a variety of Instagram grid layouts in your feed; for instance, you can start with a puzzle and then a row-by-row grid, etc.

Tips for planning an eye-catching Instagram grid layout

It is of prime importance to plan what you want to post and decide what kind of grid layout you want to use. Here are some things to keep in mind while planning your feed.

1- Schedule & Preview

Instagram grid layout-line in the middle-AiGrow grid preview

Do you want to design such a beautiful line in the middle grid layout like the above picture? Use AiGrow’s grid preview of feed posts feature that allows you to preview your layout and shuffle your upcoming posts if needed to make sure your feed looks great. 

All you need to do is to create your Instagram grid layout of up to 9 images and schedule them to see how your feed will look when they’re published. Here’s how you can schedule and preview your feed using AiGrow (a top-quality Instagram management and growth service).

AiGrow’s Scheduler feature

Using this feature gives you the chance to schedule your Instagram content (feed, story, IGTV). Plus, once you schedule your posts, you have the possibility to see the preview of upcoming posts.

1- Sign up on AiGrow’s website using your email address.

2- After signing up, you’ll be taken to the dashboard. You can add as many Instagram accounts that you’d like to the dashboard to manage them all together by clicking Add Instagram Account.

3- Choose the Scheduler tab in the left corner.

4- Choose the Instagram account you want to manage and then click Scheduler.

AiGrow-the scheduler feature of AiGrow

5- From the opened window, click the green button, Schedule. Choose Feed from the drop-down menu.

how to design your Instagram grid-AiGrow's scheduler

6- Now it’s time to upload your photos. You can drag and drop photos from your computer drives, or you are able to import images directly via Unsplash.

Tip: Once you want to upload a YouTube video, this feature allows you to copy the URL link of the desired video and post it without downloading it.

AiGrow-uploading your content-schedule

7- Import as many images as you want one by one. When you upload a photo, you can tag people and also rotate, zoom in/out the photo, etc. don’t forget to click Save once you are happy.

AiGrow-scheduler-uploading photos

7- Scroll down and complete the following boxes just right there such as caption, hahstag, location, multiple Instagram accounts, external URL, and schedule dates.

8- In the Schedule Dates box, set dates and times for your posts to be published on.

AiGrow's scheduler-setting dates and times

9- Click Submit at the bottom of the page.

10- Now, you’ll be taken to a page where you can see the scheduled posts. Click Grid Preview to see how your feed looks when your upcoming posts will be published. You can shuffle the scheduled posts to rearrange them.

preview Instagram feed after scheduling posts

AiGrow’s Scheduler feature pricing plans

You have the opportunity to give all AiGrow’s features a seven-day free trial. After that, you have to purchase a package in order to be able to keep using the features. Here are AiGrow’s Scheduler pricing plans. 

Scheduler- Pro: $39 (per month) / Post- Plus: $15 (per month) / Essentials: $7 (per month)


AiGrow's Scheuler pricing plans

2- Use photo editing apps

Bear in mind that Instagram is a visual-first social media platform. So it is essential to create great pictures with whatever you have, such as high-quality cameras, photo editing apps to apply filters and effects, etc. The greater every image is, the greater the whole feed is.

3- Keep your grid consistent

As we said, you should plan and stick to your plan to build the Instagram grid layout you desire. One single photo in the wrong color, filter, order, etc., will definitely destroy the whole look of your feed.

Final words

If you are looking for a way to make your feed look more engaging and attention-grabbing, the best weapon is designing your Instagram grid layout. In this article, we provided you with 10 ways to design your Instagram grid as professionally as possible. Moreover, we introduced you to a unique third-party app, AiGrow, to help you schedule and preview your feed with ease. 

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