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You can add both color and texture to an otherwise bland wall if you learn how to hang a tapestry. The vivid imagery printed on or woven into cloth can even brighten a dorm room, where decorators must consider hanging tapestries without nails.
This guide outlines how to hang a tapestry or other fabric on a wall using different methods, including hanging a tapestry from the ceiling for a canopy effect in your home decor.
Use a Curtain Rod to Hang a Tapestry
A curtain rod is a more permanent solution for hanging tapestry on a wall.
- Install the rod brackets at the desired location.
- Insert the rod through the rod pocket in back of the tapestry and secure the rod in the brackets.
- If your tapestry doesn't have a rod pocket or if you’re learning how to hang a quilt on a wall, use the rod with curtain clips to secure the fabric.
Hang a Tapestry with Adhesive-Backed Strips
Easy-to-remove adhesive-backed picture hanging strips are a great solution for hanging a tapestry in a dorm room.
The number of connection points you use will depend on the dimensions and weight of the tapestries. You will typically need one set of strips for each corner of the wall accents. See package labeling for weight limits.
- Separate two strips from the packaging and press to click them together.
- Remove one side of the liners and position onto the back of the tapestry. Press firmly to secure.
- Repeat for the remaining corners of the tapestry.
- Determine where the strips will be positioned on the wall and wipe those areas with alcohol to ensure a secure cling.
- Next, remove the second liners to expose the adhesive.
- Position the tapestry and press each set of strips firmly to the wall.
- Follow package directions for removing your wall decor.
Hanging a Tapestry from the Ceiling
If you’re thinking about how to hang a tapestry from the ceiling above a bed or sitting area, consider adhesive-backed strips or hook-and-loop fasteners.
Attach one side of the fasteners to the fabric and the other to the ceiling, following package instructions. Press the pieces together to hang the material at the desired location.
Note: If you have a textured ceiling, use a hot glue gun to put a dot of clear glue on the hook and loop strip to hold it to the ceiling.
Use a Dowel for Hanging a Tapestry
Here’s how to hang a tapestry with a dowel:
- Cut a piece of wooden dowel rod as long as the tapestry is wide.
- Slip the dowel through the tapestry’s rod pocket, if it has one.
- If there isn’t a rod pocket in back, make one using extra material and fabric glue.
- Screw an eye hook to each end of the dowel and tie string or wire to the eyes.
- Hang the tapestry on a picture hook.
Hang a Wall Tapestry with Nails or Push Pins
If you aren’t concerned with holes in the wall, nails or push pins provide the easiest method for hanging a tapestry. It works better with fabric that has a larger weave that allows the tack to pass through without damage.
- Position the tapestry on the wall and slip a nail through the fabric near one corner.
- Aim the nail slightly downward and use a hammer to tap a nail into the wall. Repeat for the opposite corner for a casual draped look or use multiple nails along the top edge for a taut appearance.