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Tapestries are an ideal solution for many areas within a home. They can easily cover a wall, with many homeowners using them to cover large walls. Tapestries help reduce noise transference in structures where you want to soundproof thin walls but have not had the time to soundproof them. Many people use them as a headboard for their bed. The tapestry is not as thick as a traditional wood or metal headboard, but it still provides a visual effect that adds a nice decorative touch to the bedroom.
One of the most popular reasons that people choose to hang a wall tapestry is because it doesn't cause extensive damage to walls. Most can be hung with only one or two nails and a dowel rod.
If you have tapestry art that you would like to hang, you should know that there are several steps you need to follow to ensure you hang it correctly. No matter how you came into possession of your tapestries, you need to hang them. Even if it's a piece you created, you should hang it and let the masterpiece reflect its beauty.
Here’s a look at 6 methods and tips for hanging tapestries:
Keep in mind that when using a curtain rod, the tapestry will hang away from the wall. It will not be flush. If you want to hang the tapestry flush with the wall, you will need to find a different method.
If you shop for a decorative rod and wall brackets to hang the tapestry from, make sure the rod will fit through the holes or pocket of the tapestry. The size of the rod that you will need to use will depend on the weight of the tapestry. Heavier tapestries will of course require the use of a rod that can hold a greater amount of weight. On average, rods with a diameter of a 1/2 to 3/4 diameter will effectively carry the weight of tapestries that are 2 to 10 lbs.
When the tapestry is hanging from the rod, the rod finials should extend beyond the art piece. The brackets should meet the edges of the piece as this will give a shadowing effect and helps you focus more on the rod's finials instead of the brackets.
Even though you may want to hang the tapestry flush with the wall, keep in mind that this can result in moisture build-up. To avoid this, make sure the tapestry is hanging at least a 1/2 inch from the wall.
When hanging the tapestry, it's usually ideal to hang it so that its center is eye level. However, many tapestries have a focal point, and if you prefer, you can make the tapestry hang so that the focal point is eye level.
If your tapestry has been folded for any length of time, it may have one or more creases. Always make sure to use a covering of some type when using an iron to get rid of the creases. If you place a hot iron directly onto the tapestry, you are very likely to ruin the artwork.
When using brackets to secure a rod to the wall, make sure that you check the type of screws you are using. The material your wall is made out of will determine whether to use basic wood screws, screws made for drywall, or masonry screws.
You will push the rod through the pocket of the tapestry and secure it in the brackets on the wall. The last step is securing rod finial to each end of the rod.
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Remember, when shopping for the rod and rod finials, you should first check to make sure the rod will fit through the pocket of the tapestry.
If you are cutting small holes into the top of the tapestry, make sure the curtain rod hooks you're using will fit through the holes. If they don't, you will have to make the holes bigger or get smaller hooks.
Check to ensure the color of the rod you use is going to match as you expect. Lastly, if the rod doesn't come with finials, you will have to buy them separately.
Tapestry art pieces truly capture some of the most beautiful creations ever made by artists. It’s important to hang the pieces correctly to ensure their beauty is not tarnished.
And if you're still looking for that perfect tapestry, check out these cool tapestries we are featuring!