Easy Ways to Hang a Tapestry In 20 Minutes or Less

published Sep 16, 2017
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Let’s talk tapestries. They’re the perfect solution for that big empty wall, for helping sound proof thin walls, for replacing headboards when headboards aren’t an option, and they’re typically pretty renter-friendly art. Most can be hung with a simple dowel rod and a nail or two. Maybe you just inherited a piece from your grandmother, or stumbled upon a brilliantly patterned textile at the flea market, or maybe you made your own wall hanging. Either way, you’ll probably need to hang it. Here are a few easy ways to get that beautiful masterpiece up on the wall for all the world (or at least your houseguests) to see.

Create a “clamp” with wood (above). If you have a table saw (or a Home Depot nearby) you can create a beautiful custom clamp from Nalle’s Home for your tapestry. All you need is 4 wood slats, hot glue, pan head screws, and string to hang.

Use a curtain rod and hooks. Society6 shows a very simple way to display your hanging by attaching a curtain rod to the wall, cutting small holes along the top of the fabric and hanging from shower curtain hooks. If you don’t want to cut your tapestry, bulldog clips are also a great option.

Use a dowel and fusible bonding. This no-sew option from Lucy Akins shouldn’t take much time, and it limits the amount of wall damage (only one nail or screw hole required!). Use a fusible fabric bonding agent to create a pocket for a dowel rod, and then finish off by screwing an eye hook to either end to attach your string or rope. If the tapestry is heavy, you can trade in a nail or screw for a more substantial wall anchor.

Make a wooden wall mount. Cut a piece of wood to size, stain it to your heart’s desire, and easily attach using a staple gun. See exactly how Naomi crafted hers, and then get started on your own.

Reuse a fallen tree branch. If you have access to trees, you probably have access to tree branches. Grab said tree branch and make something useful and beautiful with it. You can attach your tapestry with sturdy yarn or string and a large plastic needle. It’s perfect for heavier woven tapestries. Check out Nichole’s hack over on Babble.com to see more.

(Image credit: Amelia Lawrence)

For strict landlords: If your tapestry is thin fabric, you can use tack, velcro, pushpins, or Command Strips. For thicker woven materials, you might consider attaching your wall hanging to foam core first to distribute the weight a little better and then attach.

Check out these other great readymade option, like this quilt hanger from Crate & Barrel. For lighter fabrics, try this magnetic type from Etsy or these natural wood hangers from Amazon.

Want to see how to make your own wall hanging? Check out our recent post to see how easy it is!