How to Hang a Tapestry The Right Way

Never get bored with bare walls again. If you’re just not the type to put up photos and pictures, you can get creative by putting tapestries up on your walls. Textile art has picked up momentum recently with fresh new ideas of decorating. Put aside all your pictures of drab medieval fabrics. Textile art these days range from stylish weavings to framed vintage fabrics. You can add a touch of color, pattern, and texture to your home without painting or putting up too much wall décor that you’ll get tired of eventually. Hanging a tapestry is as easy as it gets, and here are 8 different ways you can do it.

Hang tapestry with nails

If you’ve got tapestry that you’re willing to put a hole in, one of the best ways to put them up is to nail them up. Depending on the size of your tapestry, you can get away with nailing each corner. Larger tapestries will require more nails, obviously, but you can set put them up any way you’d like.

Stretch it like canvas

You can turn a nice fabric into a piece of artwork simply by stretching it over a wooden canvas frame. You’ll need to use a staple gun to secure the fabric to the frame, and you’ll have to add picture hangers so you can hang them on your wall. If you really want to make a bold statement, take an unusual print and turn it into your next favorite art piece.

Use Velcro

Sometimes, those who live in apartments refuse to decorate walls because of fear of getting charged with wall damage. One way you can avoid this is by using Velcro to put up tapestries. Depending on the size of the fabric, you might get away with just sticking corners or part of sides. Otherwise, heavier fabrics might need all-around Velcro tape to secure the tapestry up on the wall. The best part about it is you can completely bypass putting holes on your rental walls.

Utilize baseboards

You can add support to your tapestries by inserting a baseboard. You’ll definitely need this for heavier textiles to stay up on the wall. To use baseboards, you’ll have to select one that’ll fit in your tapestry’s rod pocket. If there isn’t a pocket to use, you can simply create one by sewing a heavy fabric onto the back of your tapestry. You’ll be screwing this baseboard onto the wall for the support.

Use a rod

You may think that rods are unfashionable, but there are new designs coming out that can serve more than just holding your drapes up. You can use a nice tapestry to create spaces in your room, and you can add a variety as well using a rod. You can put up a rod above your bed and use a tapestry for your headboard. The best part about this is you can switch it up as you feel like it. The rod will allow you to change your headboard without a big furniture change.

Put it in a frame

If you happen upon important or rare textiles, the best way to display them is by putting them behind glass. A simple frame can complete the look of a textile, and it might even make it easier to hang for some people. It’s also a great way to display smaller tapestries that wouldn’t look right just hanging by themselves. You can opt for a simple frame to highlight your tapestry, or go with something bold as well.

Hang it like a poster

There are some pretty neat fabrics out there that can definitely be displayed as posters. There are poster hangers you can use to display your textiles in a more modern way. Hanging your posters this way is a great way to dress up smaller spaces or hang fabrics without damaging walls too much.

Design a canopy

If you’re looking for a creative way to dress up your bedroom or your living room, you can really make a statement by making a canopy out of some really nice and exotic fabrics. You can go vibrant or you can go subtle. The fabric canopy will add a certain uniqueness to your space and a feel as if you’re completely someplace else.

With that said, here’s a gallery of excellent uses of tapestries in the living room:


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