How to Hang a Tapestry [The RIGHT Way]
Bare walls never look ideal when you want to add a bit of personality and character to your living space. Whether you have recently moved into a new dorm room space, bought a new apartment, or want to redecorate your home; a great addition to your room decoration would be to hide your bare walls with a beautiful tapestry.
These bare walls we are talking about could be in your living room, behind the couch, in your bedroom, beyond the bed, or your study space. In short, anywhere you desire, you can add a touch of vintage, textile art, and personality into an area with a tapestry. In this blog article, we are going to guide you exactly how to hang a tapestry.
Your wall with a tapestry covering on top instantly brightens up the room and attracts attention. Moreover, a beautiful tapestry helps define a room and adds color, volume, and pattern within a space. Now coming to the main point of discussion, how exactly can you hang a tapestry?
Well, there are various ways you can use to hang a tapestry anywhere you like within your living space. Considering various situations and demands, we have brought you a guide that shows you detailed various ways you can employ to hang a tapestry perfectly adjacent to a wall.
How to Hang A Tapestry [The RIGHT Way]
Tip 1: Use a Curtain Rod in Casing to Hang a Tapestry
One of the best and easiest ways to hang a tapestry would be just to hang your precious tapestry using a curtain rod. If your tapestry is delicate with intricate embroidery patterns and designs on its surface, chances are it may already come with a fold casing suitable for curtain rod-hanging.
Hanging a tapestry using a curtain rod is really easy and hassle-free because most of the work is already done. All you need to do now is fix the curtain rod on the wall using proper hooks, secure the rod properly, slip the tapestry, and it is done. If your choice of tapestry or the one tapestry you already own does not come with a casing, you can create the casing on your own.
Start by folding a straight line of tapestry fabric on top of another, similar to the one you might see on a curtain, and sew it. You can alternatively start by sewing the heavyweight fabric beyond the back of the tapestry, adjacent to the curtain rod so that it fits the width of your curtain rod. Seam across the head and base of your fabric strip, leaving the center clear for your curtain rod.
If you are not good with a needle and thread, or you do not have access to these tools, you can simply take the tapestry fabric to the seamstress. Make sure your tapestry hanging from the curtain rod is not crooked as the sewing should be done straight. A slight difference (read flaw) in the hanging of a tapestry can make or break the whole décor and character of a room.
Tip 2: Nails And Pushpins
The most common way the comes to mind and application while we think about ways to hang a tapestry is to use the good, old-fashioned, and full-proof nails or pushpins method. Though this method creates some permanent damage to the wall and may not appear to be aesthetically pleasing, the use of nails or pushpins to hang a tapestry onto the wall is one of the most easiest and practical ways.
Start by visualizing where exactly the tapestry will be situated on the wall and how it will look with nails and pushpins along its borders. Next, place the tapestry on the bare wall and slip the nail through the weave near the border of one corner of the fabric. Keep in mind that if your tapestry's build is tightly woven then small holes would appear along the border/perimeter of the fabric. You do not have to worry about holes in case of thicker weaves and long-term placement.
Tip 3: Adhesive Hooks
Having holes in our walls and tapestry fabric is not desired by some. In situations like these, using a wall adhesive is a great option. Numerous wall adhesives tools and methods are available in the market to use such as adhesive clips and sticky strips. You can choose any of the following, depending on your need, and work with that. All you have to do next is stick them on your wall and attach the tapestry on top of the adhesive hooks.
Hanging a tapestry using adhesive hooks may not be full-proof and applicable in all situations as it works best only if the tapestry you want to hang is lightweight enough. Adhesive Hooks, in general, can not withstand and hold the entire weight of a heavy tapestry for long.
Thus, it would be best to take all things into consideration such as the weight of the tapestry and the strength of the adhesive hooks before using them. Hanging a large and heavyweight tapestry is best suitable using heavy-duty hanging options like the curtain rod, nail and pushpins, and more.
Tip 4: Frame The Tapestry
You might not have heard of this method prior to this but one of the secure ways to flaunt your beautiful tapestry while it stays rooted against the surface of the bare wall is to frame it. Yes, you read that right. Treat your beautiful embroidered tapestry like a real piece of art and frame it on the wall using a wooden frame, or plywood board.
In the case of the plywood board framing of the tapestry, you may have to use a staple gun to complete the work of art. In this process of framing, the tapestry's borders will get flipped to the reverse of the plywood board and stapled down. This method/process is of course best suited if your tapestry is thick woven and heavyweight.
If the tapestry that you wish to hang is thin and lightweight in nature, you can either use a premade frame under the glass as you would treat an antique or treasured item you own. You can also create or order your custom frame to be made with unique particular dimensions according to your needs.
Overall, framing the tapestry as a way of hanging is a great idea to employ but keep in mind, it may be slightly more expensive on the pocket but it has long-term benefits such as the fact that your tapestry remains intact, delicate, and good as new for a long time.
Tip 5: Secure with Velcro Strips
Want to secure your tapestry securely onto your wall without making any holes? This is a valid request and many of us do not want to permanently mark our walls in any way. Hanging the tapestry to the wall with the help of Velcro is a great solution in situations like these. Using self-adhesive Velcro tape does not create any lasting damages on the wall if you are using it to attach a tapestry.
When you are using this method, you are also preventing your delicate tapestry from getting any holes on its surface or fabric from a nail or push pin and you are also not doing any damage to the wall.
Tip 6: Canopy Style
Creating a canopy-style vision of hanged tapestry into reality might appear to be a dream. But let us tell you that it is sure easy to do and the end results of your hanging tapestry look phenomenon to behold. Your textile, that is, your tapestry, when hung on the bare ceiling wall and/or side walls creates the settings of dreams. Make the Pinterest vision of the bedroom you have been wanting for years into a reality with this canopy-style tapestry hanging upon your cozy bed.
This canopy-style hanging of tapestry upon the bare walls comes as a solid trick when you are looking for ways to divide your dorm room or you have limited sidewall space wherever you are staying. Though horizontal tapestries work for canopy style hanging too, vertical tapestries are ideal for this method.
Start with attaching adhesive hooks to your bare ceiling wall. Once done, tuck in the borders of your textile tapestry inside. Follow any particular instructions mentioned on your tapestry packaging. Join one corner of the adhesive fasteners or hooks to the fabric and another side to the ceiling. To hang the tapestry material in the fancied area, press the pieces together.
Do you have drywall on your ceiling? You can use nails or pushpins to hang your tapestry in a canopy style. Remember that if your tapestry is delicate and thin, the nails and pushpins will create holes on the material too as well as the drywall.
For caution, secure the tapestry with extra protection, that means will extra nails to prevent the wrath of gravity from cursing upon you. Alternatively, if your ceiling has a textured feel, you can use a hot glue gun for your canopy-style hanging of tapestry. All you got to do is attach the hook and loop strap to the textured ceiling with a dot of clear glue and your job is done.
Tip 7: Rope And Cable
Do not limit the creative side in you while you are finding ways to hang your precious tapestry onto your wall. One of the best ways to hang a tapestry onto a bare wall actually calls for some creativity and DIY work. We are taking using rope and cable to hang your tapestry here. Suppose you do not want to spend a bit of money on curtain rods, and hot glue gun, you will rope and cable readily available somewhere within your house.
First, take a string of roles and pass it through the top of the tapestry. You will notice it has a small pocket for a role or rod to enter through in a straight line. You can take the help of a needle or some other tool to let the rope pass through your tapestry easily. Next, hang the material from the nails or hooks present on the wall. This way, no holes or further damage is made on the tapestry material and your work is done.
The cable system to hang a tapestry works in a similar way. You can clip a cable with a tapestry, hang it and you have a beautiful tapestry giving your room an amazing aesthetic vibe additional to some need privacy if you want.
Tip 8: Use A Headboard to Hang a Tapestry
If your tapestry is heavy and weighty, which is more common if your tapestry material is premium or antique, you will require some support to hang a tapestry onto the wall. The best advice to hang a tapestry in situations like these would be to just forget about the wall. No hooks or pins can support your tapestry if you have already tried the methods mentioned above. The best way to hang a tapestry in your private or bedroom space would be by using the help of a baseboard.
A baseboard or headboard that you can either have installed on the top of your bed by asking a professional or you can do it on your own, is the best way to secure the tapestry piece onto the wall. When picking a headboard, be sure to check its strength, dimensions, and whether it will fit in the rod pocket of the tapestry.
Rod-pockets of course can be sewed by yourself or using the help of a seamstress. First, drill holes on the locations where screws would be inserted. Slide in the heard board rod into the pocket of the tapestry. In the end, wrap the sides of the tapestry material and screw the board into the bare wall.
The Bottom Line
There are of course several other methods you can use to hang a tapestry such as using a foam core, a dowel, and more. You have to pick the best way that works with the décor of the room and keeps the tapestry material secured on the wall. Tapestries are a great way to elevate the warmth, charm, and interior energy of a room. Make sure you do justice when you are hanging your precious tapestry on the wall as it can either make or break the whole vibe of a space.