DIY 101: How to Hang a Wall Tapestry

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.

Why Do People Want to Hang a Wall Tapestry?

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.


6 Best Ways to Hang a Wall Tapestry

Here’s a look at 6 methods and tips for hanging tapestries:

  1. One way to go about hanging a tapestry is by creating a clamp out of wood. When using the clamp to hang your tapestry, you will also need string, four wood slats, pan head screws, as well as hot glue.
  2. Another method used to hang tapestries is the simple use of a curtain rod and hooks. This requires nothing more than attaching the rod to the wall and then along the top of the fabric you will cut small holes. Next, hang the tapestry from the curtain rod by looping the curtain hooks through the holes. Don't want to cut your tapestry to make holes? You can substitute the cutting with bulldog clips.
  3. You can also use a dowel to hang a tapestry when you combine it with a fusible bonding agent. This is a no-sew option that requires only one or two nail holes. You take the fusible bonding agent and create a pocket that the dowel rod can go through. You then take an eye hook and screw it to either end. From the hook, you can attach your string. If the tapestry is heavy, you, of course, will want to use rope rather than string. Extra heavy tapestries may require the use of a wall anchor instead of nails or screws.
  4. Wooden wall mounts can be used to hang tapestries as well. You take a piece of wood and cut it according to your preferences. You can make the piece of wood bigger than the tapestry (you will definitely need wall anchors to support the wood), or you can make it so that only the top part of the fabric is attached to the wood, with the wood attached to the wall almost as if it's a horizontal, floating shelf. Staining the wood is preferred by many people who want the piece to blend in more appropriately with their decor. Once the wood is attached to the wall, the tapestry can be attached to the wood.
  5. Fallen tree branches make for the perfect way to hang a tapestry. You can take the branch and attach the tapestry to it using thick yarn along with a large needle.
  6. Live in an apartment or rental unit with a strict landlord that doesn't want you to make holes in the walls? You can always use velcro, Command Strips, or even tacks to hang a tapestry. All of these methods don't leave behind extensive or any damage that can't be easily repaired.

Tips for Hanging a Wall Tapestry When Using a Rod

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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How to Shop for a Rod When Hanging a Tapestry

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.


Final Thoughts

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.

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