How To Hang a Tapestry 8 Different Ways
If you’re looking for a way to decorate your bare walls, but don’t want to do the typical gallery wall, may we suggest a tapestry? We don’t mean that your apartment needs to look like the Vatican—we’re talking all kinds of textile art, from weavings to vintage fabrics. These artful pieces add color, texture, and pattern to a space, whether you hang them over the sofa, or behind the bed to serve as a bold headboard alternative. Not sure how to get your new fabric find up on the wall? We’ve gathered ideas to show you how to hang a tapestry anywhere, including in rental spaces where the walls need to remain pristine. Get inspired to find your perfect tapestry and add some life to your walls.
Use Nails or Pushpins
The easiest way to hang a tapestry? Use nails or pushpins. (No unsightly thumbtacks, please!) This method works well with larger weaves; otherwise it may result in holes in the piece. Hang by the corners for a casual drape or attach with a row of nails spread across the top of the piece for a straight look.
Stretch over a Frame
Turn fabric into a work of art by stretching it over a wood frame or plywood board. Stretch and fold the tapestry over the frame, and attach with a staple gun. Use sawtooth picture hangers to mount on the wall. If your textile is thin, you may want to stretch and staple canvas to the frame first so the wood isn’t visible through the fabric.
Secure with Velcro
If you’re living in a rental and trying to avoid holes in the walls, here’s how to hang a tapestry and still get your security deposit back: Use self-adhesive Velcro tape to attach the tapestry to the wall. This is also a great method if you have a curved wall or don’t want to put holes in the fabric.
Use a Baseboard
Weighty textiles and tapestries may need more support, and a baseboard will help secure the piece to the wall. Select a board that will fit in the rod pocket in the back of the tapestry. If your tapestry doesn’t have a pocket, you can hand-sew one using a heavy fabric. Cut the board so it is smaller than the width of the tapestry. Mark where the screws will be inserted and drill holes. Slide the board into the pocket. Fold the sides of the tapestry back and screw the board into the wall.
Hang from a Rod
Use a rod to hang tapestries with pockets in the back. If your piece is rectangular or particularly large, you could also drape it over the rod to create a faux headboard or an eye-catching display over the sofa.
Fragile fabrics and smaller tapestries may be best behind glass. A frame or shadowbox will protect the piece and give it a worthy display.
Create a Canopy
No need to limit yourself to the wall. Hang your textile from the ceiling or drape it from the ceiling onto the wall to create a dreamy bed or intimate sitting area.
Try a Poster Hanger
Poster hangers aren’t just for artwork on paper. Use the wood device to keep the tapestry flat against the wall.
How to hang a tapestry
Every order shipped by The Tapestry House includes a sheet with information about how to hang a tapestry. This also discusses its simple care. Here are those notes:-
These practical points will help you care for your tapestry wall-hanging.
1. There may be transit creases on your tapestry when you receive it. These can be removed easily by careful pressing with a steam iron on the rear side.
2. Tapestries are woven individually and part of their individuality is that there may be irregularities in the weave or there may be hanging undulations. You can attach weights to the lower lining if desired but this is not necessary. Do not expect them to be precisely square and flat like a framed print; this is not their character.
3. There are two ways to hang tapestries (our finishing has a rod pocket on the lining):
– a) cut a length of round wooden dowel slightly longer than the rod pocket. Insert a small closed cup-hook into each end and simply place them over small picture hook nails. This is quick, easy and inexpensive. (See first and second images below.)
– b) buy a metal or wooden rod with finials (decorative ends) from a local drapery, hardware or interiors store. Use the brackets to hang the tapestry ‘off’ the wall, or hang the rod over two nails hammered down at a 45 degree angle to mount flush. (see bottom image.)
Refer to our Display Gallery for examples of tapestries hanging in homes.
4. To aid colour co-ordination – add a pair of cords with tassels to either side if you wish to match the tapestry to the existing décor. This is particularly useful when the colour of the tapestry does not exactly match the surrounding decor. You “draw out” one of the colours in the tapestry, even a minor one, to “tie it in” to its surroundings.
5. An annual brushing with a soft brush is sufficient to dust your tapestry – or use the drapes attachment of your vacuum cleaner. The tapestry may be dry cleaned with care if a stain somehow occurs but we suggest this be a last resort.
Our tapestries are hand-finished. We would enjoy receiving images of your tapestry in its new home!
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Let’s expand this a little. We receive enquiries occasionally about how to hang a tapestry; it’s easier than people think. Below is the back of a tapestry showing how the rod pocket is indented enough to hide the wooden dowel with eye hook from view. Next you can see the tapestry hanging on the wall in this “invisible” hanging manner.
As you can see, it need not involve the purchase of special designer rods. Alternatively, as below, you can use metal or wooden rods which have a decorative finial extending beyond the tapestry. Do note the option described above of hanging cords with tassels from these.
Do contact us if you have any remaining questions about how to hang a tapestry. We have added a page to our website about hanging tapestries, for your further reference.
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About Martin Vernon
My wife and I have been selling fine European tapestries since 1994. We love them (our home attests to this!) and enjoy helping people select tapestries for their own homes. For more information, see https://www.thetapestryhouse.com/about-the-tapestry-house
How to hang a tapestry (4 powerful ways) – —
Wall tapestry is an easy way to showcase your personal style.
Let’s investigate the efficient methods for hanging a tapestry without damaging the wall or the tapestry itself.
Tapestries don’t have a « unique and best way” to be hanged in your room.
It will, of course, depend on the room materials, the space available, and tapestry type.
If you want to specifically fix voting tapestry on your ceiling, go directly to our article «How to hang a tapestry from the ceiling».
Here are the more common and effective ways to hang your tapestries and the answer to the big question: How to hang a tapestry without nails?
1. Nails, push pins or thumbtacks
Nail your tapestry directly to the wall if the tapestry is light enough, con nails or even push pins or thumbtacks.
This is quite efficient to bow it easily but will let little holes in the borders if the nails can’t be put between the wefts. That’s why it can be a good technique for bohemian mandala tapestry, made with tightly woven cotton. Avoid it the more you can with polyester wall hangings, except if you use them to pin tapestry clips.
How to hang a tapestry without nails
A great method for those wanting to avoid putting any holes in their tapestry, and working well with light tapestries (polyester style).
This is probably the best way to hang a tapestry without nails with magnets.
Be careful: hanging a wall tapestry without sufficient support in the center make the curtain bows or eventually collapses.
That’s why for a heavier wall tapestry, adhere the rougher Velcro strip side to a strip of wood on the wall, and the opposite velcro piece to the top of your tapestry’s backside, and then connect it!
You can as well use Velcro square pairs or Velcro coin pairs, with glue on both sides, ready to use and easier to apply.
3. Mounting on Plywood Board / Foam Core Mounting
This is a good method for both heavier and thinner tapestries, you can stretch and staple the tapestry over a plywood board.
In this method, The edges of your tapestry will be flipped to the back of the plywood board and stapled down.
Foam core mounting is a very similar process to mounting your tapestry onto plywood board:
Cover your foam board with heavy weight linen fabric and staple it down (tightly) onto the back of the foam board around the perimeter. Then sew your tapestry to the fabric with a curved needle.
4. Magnet fixation
Probably the most practical method, especially if you like to change decor regularly, or if you have several tapestries that you want to interchange.
You will need a metal base, or use a magnetic strip base as a support.
The magnetic tape is very easy to stick, possessing a sticky tape on its back.
After installing it, you will need 4 powerful magnets (take a look at our original magnet collection) to fix it. Voilà!
They can be exchanged very easily at will, that’s why they’re so practical.
We hope you found the best way to hang your tapestry and discover new ones.
And please, share with us, what is your best way to hang tapestry?
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8 Ways to Hang A Tapestry at Home… A How-To – Interiors by Jacquin
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If you own a tapestry that needs hanging, or are planning to buy one, I guarantee you one of these 8 methods will work for displaying your tapestry as lovely wall art. I give you step by step instructions, so this is definitely a post you’ll want to save. Pin this post to Pinterest for later!
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1. Rod in Casing
If your tapestry has a casing for a rod, then this may be the hanging method for you. There are a lot of options for rods out there like you’ll find here and here. Casings can really simplify things in that all you have to do is slip the rod in and hang it on nails. If you’d like to add a casing, then simply sew on heavy weight fabric across the back to fit the width of your rod. Sew along the top of your fabric strip and the bottom, leaving the middle open for your rod. (A seamstress may be able to help you with the sewing part.) The casing should be sewn perfectly straight and not necessarily lined up with edge of your tapestry, which could be slightly uneven, causing crooked hanging. This may be one of the more common ways to display your tapestry or rug, but there are others too!
Jane Hall Design featuring an Indian saree turned wall tapestry.
2. Good, old fashioned nails or push pins
You can nail your tapestry directly to the wall with nails, or even push pins if the tapestry is light enough. This is great for more loosely woven tapestries, as the nails will fit between the wefts. For more tightly woven tapestries or rugs, you would be putting a small holes along the perimeter of your tapestry, but for long term placement and thicker weaves, this may not be a problem.
Floral tapestry designed by BlueBellGray
3. Velcro (attached to a strip of wood)
Adhering your tapestry to the wall with velcro is a great method for those wanting to avoid putting any holes in their tapestry. For those with a heavier tapestry, I have a helpful hint to make sure your velcro has staying power. Nail a strip of wood just slightly shorter than the tapestry into wall studs. Adhere the rougher velcro side to your strip of wood on the wall and the opposite velcro piece to the very top of the BACKSIDE of your tapestry, and then connect your velcro. Voila! You’ve hung your tapestry without putting a single hole in your prized wall art.
Rug hung as wall art, Elle Decor
4. Mounting on Plywood Board
Another method that works well for both heavier and thinner tapestries is mounting your tapestry onto a wood frame (like plywood board). If you have a heavy or thick tapestry, you can stretch and staple the tapestry over a plywood board or canvas stretchers and then hang it on your wall with sawtooth picture hangers. The edges of your tapestry will be flipped to the back of the plywood board and stapled down in this method.
If you are working with a thin or lightweight tapestry, then the best approach is to stretch heavy weight, linen canvas across the front of your plywood board and staple the fabric (tightly) to the back of your wood board around the perimeter. This wood board would need to be wider and longer than your tapestry, as it will serve as the “frame” for your tapestry wall art. Once your heavy linen fabric is stapled onto the board, then you will need to hand sew your tapestry directly to the center of the fabric using a curved needle. The fabric showing along the perimeter will border your tapestry quite nicely. Make sure to sew your tapestry around the perimeter, as well as at various points on the interior of the tapestry in order to avoid unattractive sagging later (due to uneven weight support). Be sure to use thread colors that match your tapestry closely and no one will even notice. (P.S. You can always dye your heavy weight linen a cutom color in advance for a fine art look!)
Image via Pinterest
5. Foam Core Mounting
Foam core mounting is a very similar process to mounting your tapestry onto stretchers/plywood board. You’ll be taking similar steps as in #4, except that you’ll be stapling your heavy linen fabric to foam board instead of wood. You’ll need two sheets of foam boar
How to Hang a Tapestry
Normally we’re talking about brutish power tools and rugged home improvement projects. But occasionally, we like to tap into our inner Christopher Lowell and get our decorator on. So today, we’ll be talking tapestries baby! Just to stay grounded in our HomeFixated roots, our little tapestry project also involved some optional metal fabrication with a grinder. More on that to come. Tapestries can be great decorative items, but in our case we were installing them to deaden the sound in a plaster-walled office. Without soft surfaces, a plaster room with hardwood flooring can sound more like an echo chamber than a cozy room. Since I don’t consider myself an expert on tapestries, I embarked on my typically obsessive hunt for tapestries and installation methods online. In the process, I learned a few tips and tricks I’d like to share with you.
Step 1: Finding the Tapestry
We found a great selection of tapestries on eBayAlthough some folks just throw a carpet remnant on the wall and call it a tapestry, I was on the hunt for something that tied in with the design and style of our home. A properly made tapestry will usually incorporate two key features that will make your project more successful, a pole pocket at the top for hanging the tapestry, and weights sewn into the bottom hem to help it hang steadily. If you’re using an improvised tapestry (some 70’s shag? burlap? your favorite blankie?) then an alternative to the pole pocket is using curtain rings with clips on them. Curtain rings with clips can be found at your local big box or at home stores like Ikea. I wanted to hang something other than a fleece blanket, so I hopped on ebay and eventually stumbled across two designs I liked from a vendor called Tapestry Showroom. They had a 100% satisfaction rating with well over 6000 transactions, so I figured I was in good hands. They also sell tassels, but I had not channeled enough Christopher Lowell to want tassels in my office. Once I paid for the two tapestries, it took about two weeks before they showed up in the mail. I believe they are actually hand-sewn in the US before being shipped (or at least the two I ordered were).
Step 2: Finding the Hardware
There are a lot of options when it comes to hardware for your tapestry. I looked at a many rods that were specifically for tapestries. I personally found them a little too dainty and ornate for my particular tastes. As you can see, I could only channel Christopher Lowell for so long and his influence began waining in my project. Instead, I opted for some burly, cast iron style curtain rods from Pottery Barn, seen to the left here. Avoid hardware that protrudes far from the wallI wanted the rods for the tapestries to tie in with actual curtain rods I was using in the same room, so I sourced them all in one place and just chose different filials to set the tapestries apart a bit. The one thing I did not take into account is was how far out the hardware would leave the tapestry from the wall. It was time to stop channeling Christopher Lowell and start channeling one of the dudes from American Chopper, because I’m pretty sure Lowell doesn’t use a grinder.
Metal fab is not required for most tapestry projects
Step 3: Hacking the Tapestry Hardware (optional)
Tapestry hardware hack in progressOnce I realized the hardware brackets I bought were going to leave my tapestries several inches from the wall, eating up already scarce airspace in the office, it was time to improvise. I realized that one end of the brackets would actually make a perfect hook to mount the rod on, leaving the tapestry almost right up against the wall. Definitely take into account how far your hardware extends from the wall and you can save yourself some grinder work. Also, be sure that the filial (whatever decoration goes at the end of the rod) isn’t very big. If you have a giant orb at the end of the rod, you won’t be able to mount it flush with the wall. I deliberately chose a turned leaf design which I prefer to describe as a spear since that sounds cooler. It is relatively flat, and that design enabled me to mount the rod very close to the wall. The end result keeps the tapestry flush with the wallI secured the brackets in one of my favorite new shop additions, a Wilton Vise, and then fired up my Bosch grinder. I first cut off the unwanted portion of the bracket and then used the grinder to shape a rounded profile. Once I had all four ground to shape (two for each tapestry), I used some permanent black marker to paint the thin raw metal exposed on the bracket. Since the metal would be up by the ceiling, I wasn’t too worried about painting the edge for a perfect finish. It’s not really visible from the room anyway. Thanks to the grinder idea, I recovered from my mistake in bracket choice. Time to install.
Step 4: Installing the Hardware and Mounting the Tapestry
In a perfect world, it’s nice to mount your hardware into studs. If you’re looking for a stud finder, we personally like the Stud4Sure, which uses a low-tech magnet to find nails or screws holding your drywall to the studs. If you’re not able to mount on a stud (I’m seriously biting my tongue here, especially after all the Christopher Lowell references), make sure you’re using suitable anchors for whatever wall type you’re working with. Unless you’re planning to do pull-ups on the tapestry bar, most drywall anchors are likely suitable for this kind of task, assuming your tapestry isn’t woven from gold strands and that it weighs less than 10 pounds. I completely cheated on the install and used a laser level since I was installing not only the tapestries, but also a couple regular curtain rods at the same time. If you don’t happen to have a laser level, a conventional level works too, or lastly, you can just measure down from your ceiling (or up from the floor) an equal amount on each side of the rod. Once you have the brackets mounted, just thread the rod through your tapestry’s pole pocket and attach or hook the rod in place. Voila!
The finished project managed to decorate two massively white expanses of empty plaster walls. More importantly for me, it changed what used to feel like an reverberating auditorium into a much more cozy feeling office space thanks to the improved acoustics. Whether your motivation is decor, acoustics, or both, tapestries aren’t just for medieval castles. Just go easy on the tassels and unicorns, ok?
How To Hang A Tapestry
Tapestry was invented in Europe, when the local factory wanted to adopt Egyptian carpet production technology. Starting to use the fiber that does not nap, and Europeans came to what is painting on the wall will look different.
You will need:
Tapestry, nails or screws, screwdrivers or hammer drill, drill, wooden frame with sub-frame, buttons, thread, needle.
Instruction how to hang a tapestry
Depending on the scene, color and leaf size, determine — exactly where you hang the tapestry. The most common options — above a fireplace, a sofa, a desk or a dresser. But do not limit yourself. If you want a tapestry on the ceiling — this is very unusual.
Based on the selected location, determine the material of the wall. If it is concrete or brick, then you will need to drill holes punch. For drywall screwdrivers will be enough.
Note that too large tapestry could be severe. Thin plasterboard can not withstand such loads. If you want to hang a tapestry in the kitchen or around the fireplace, make sure it will not be covered by soot.
Prepare tapestry. Most of them are sold in a ready frame, but if you buy only the web, you need to pull it to the frame and insert into the frame.
Place the tapestry face down. On top put a stretcher. Make sure that it fits well on the borders of the tapestry. Secure the corners of keys. Secure the vertical and horizontal sides of the tapestry using needle and thread. Tapestry should be evenly stretched on a frame — without wrinkles or distortion. Insert tapestry frame.
Secure the tapestry on the wall. If he fits well in space and does not irritate you in the first three days, then it means that you have selected the correct place. Regularly wipe it with a dry brush, then he will serve you for years to come.
How To Hang A Tapestry From The Ceiling In 4 Steps
How to hang a tapestry on the ceiling – 4 easy steps to make it stay
Hanging a ceiling tapestry can give a very special touch and transformation to your room and living space. But also you need the perfect way to display your tapestry as a lovely wall art.
This is not complicated, but there are still some easy few instructions to apply and save you from falling your tapestry on you in the middle of the night!
And if you are planning to buy great ceiling tapestries, have a look at our collection here.
Now it is time to give you the most reliable 4 steps to avoid making holes in the wall:
We need some special material:
- Velcro or magnet
Define the required space equal to the size of your tapestry.
Draw the same patterns on the back of your tapestry and your ceiling.
When you use a Velcro strip, you should draw the same lines of Velcro tape on your ceiling (from the inside of your wall tapestry).
After applying step 2, you can now stick the base face on your ceiling and its double on your tapestry!
Consider adding some glue gun to the back of your velcro, if you have a really heavy tapestry.
Start putting your wall tapestry on your ceiling from one side to the other end gradually.
As the Polyester Wall hanging Tapestry is very lighter, you need only a half the points of Velcro support.
If all goes well, your tapestry could be stretched and without falling folds.