6 Tips on How to Hang Tapestries in Your Home

One of the best ways to refresh your space is with a statement piece of art.

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No matter if you are into black and white family photos, large canvas prints or other decorative items, incorporating eye-catching artwork can certainly add visual interest to any home.

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Wall tapestries are considered the oldest form of woven textile crafts that continue to be one of the go-to choices among homeowners for the decoration of their walls. In ancient times, they were used to decorate churches, buildings and homes in many different cultures. However, tapestries have undergone improvements over time and now they can be used in many unique and different ways.

As their name suggests, wall tapestries are meant to be hung on the wall. And due to their flexibility, there are several ways on how to do so. Depending on your personal preferences, here are six tips you should follow when hanging a wall tapestry.

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Use nails and pushpins

The easiest way to hang a wall tapestry is by using a hammer and nails. In fact, it is the most commonly used method if you are hanging a larger weave that isn’t too heavy. This will further prevent the making of holes in the piece.

All you have to do is nail the tapestry in one corner and then position the second nail depending on how much drape you want in the final look of the fabric. In other words, if you are looking for a more extended look, then the nails should be spaced further apart. Or, if you are striving for a drapery look, then put the nails closer together.

Another solution for hanging a wall tapestry is using push pins especially if the wall hanging is thinner and lighter.

Mount on a baseboard

If you have a larger, and especially heavier, tapestry, you can mount it on a wooden baseboard. This is because such wall hangings require more support and the baseboard will provide security and prevent the tapestry from falling.

For this method, you will need a wooden board cut according to your preference. The recommended way is to make the baseboard as big as the tapestry and mount it using a staple gun. Keep in mind that the wooden board also needs to be secured using wall anchors.

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Hang from a rod

The rod method is referred to as the traditional way of hanging a wall tapestry. This is because tapestries may include a so-called “rod-pocket” on their backside. If your tapestry has this, then you don’t have to worry about designing one because you can slide a rod inside the casing.

However, if your tapestry doesn’t have a rod-pocket, then you can sew one in. All you need to do is to cut out a piece of old, sturdy fabric and sew it on the upper backside of the tapestry where you can slide the rod in.

If you want you can create your own decorative rods with rod finials to extend beyond the tapestry and add more visual interest to the wall hanging.

Opt for a frame

If you have a rather small or fragile tapestry, then the best option for you is to frame it. This way it will be protected and make your living space more charming and elegant.

Because tapestries usually come in different sizes and shapes, you may not always find a frame with the same dimensions. You may need to have a custom-made frame in order to match your tapestry.

In addition to this, there are a few things you must do before framing your tapestry. First, make sure you iron it to get rid of any wrinkles so it will look seamlessly perfect when hung on the wall. Also, add small adhesives on the back to keep the tapestry from bunching in the frame.

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Velcro strips

Velcro strips are the best option especially for lighter tapestries if you are looking for a neater look of your wall hanging. This method is especially useful if you are living in a rental apartment and you want to avoid making holes in the wall.

In order to do this method successfully, you have to measure the tapestry first and mark the dimensions on the wall where you want to hang it. Then, attach the strips on the back of the tapestry as well as on the wall.

If the wall hanging is a bit larger, then you can add extra strips in the middle in order to provide more security. Make sure all strips are fully set before hanging.

Create a canopy

If you are looking for an innovative way of hanging your fabric, then you can create a tapestry canopy. You can do this by hanging your piece from the ceiling or draping it above your bed to create an intimate sitting area.

In order to do this, first, you need to attach the tapestry on the ceiling using any of the methods described earlier. Make sure the tapestry is light and thin so it won’t fall off the ceiling. Then attach the middle of the wall hanging with a hook in order to create the canopy.

Depending on the style of your bed, there are many ways you can create a tapestry canopy. Choose the one that best fits your style and room decor.

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Final thoughts

Recently it seems like tapestries are becoming one of the most sought after wall art decorations that can easily spruce up any home interior. They are mostly used to cover plain walls but work perfectly if you are looking to add extra visual interest to your decor. They are also available in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and styles accommodating every individual’s taste. So don’t wait any longer and choose a tapestry that will provide a nice decorative touch to your home. Use one of the methods to hang it and enjoy looking at this beautiful piece of art. 


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