One of my favorite ways to decorate a room is to adorn one or more walls with a tapestry. These woven beauties are the perfect addition to a room with just about any decor theme or style. The size, shape and theme options are endless. So if a tapestry is something you’ve been thinking about for one or more rooms in your home or office, it’s a good idea to know what your options are regarding how you will hang this art on your wall.
Depending on how you buy your tapestry (physical store or online), you may need to do some basic preparation. Most of the time, when you purchase your wall hanging to be delivered to your home or office, there will be at least one crease in the tapestry that was necessary to pack your purchase for delivery. When you open the delivered wall hanging, there may be a fold line or 2 on your tapestry. Do not worry. This is a surefire way to remove any unwanted crease lines on your tapestry.
To remove any crease lines on your tapestry, use a steam iron and iron the back of the tapestry until the crease lines disappear. Otherwise, if you don’t have a steam iron, take a normal electric iron and a clean damp cloth (colorfast cloth) and place the clean damp cloth on the front of the tapestry where the fold line is. and iron on moderate heat (NOT HOT) until the crease line disappears. These are the safest ways to remove crease lines without damaging your artwork.
All wall hangings have a basic construction to be able to hang them correctly on a wall. For your understanding of their construction, they are all lined on the back and have a rod pocket or several loops on top that you can insert a decorative rod to hang. Some tapestries also have a bottom pocket to insert heavy metal rods so that the wall hanging directly from top to bottom.
Most tapestries are hung with a decorative rod. These rods, which are generally sold separately, come in a wide variety of shapes, styles, and colors. Tassels are also available in a wide variety and can be hung from the ends of the rods along the left and right sides of the wall for a more dramatic effect.
A word of caution if you are buying a tapestry for the first time. You may want to go with a wall hanging that has a hanging pocket instead of loops for hanging. The reason for this is that if the construction of the hanging looped tapestry is not done properly, after a while you may see slight inward curves between the loops of your tapestry.
A more economical way to hang your photo tapestry from your hanging pocket is to insert a wooden board approximately 1/4 inch thick by 2.5 inches tall. Cut the length of the board so the ends are not visible sticking out of the hanging pocket at the top of the tapestry. Once you have cut the length of the board to the proper length, drill the screw hole evenly across the board. The number of screw holes will be determined by the size and weight of the mat. Larger wall hangings will, of course, need more support and more screws than smaller wall hangings. Once you have evenly spaced the screw hole in the board, take the board and hold it against the wall where the board will be when you hang the tapestry. Using a pencil, mark a point on the wall through each hole to mark where the screws will go into the wall to hang the tapestry.
Next, drill a small hole in the wall for each of the pencil points you made. It’s a good idea to use screw anchors for stronger support, so after drilling the screw holes, insert the screw anchors into each hole. Once you have drilled all the holes and all the anchors inserted into the holes, insert the board into the hanging pocket of your tapestry and hold the tapestry against the wall and with the screw of the appropriate size for your anchors insert each screw. This method of hanging a tapestry will place your wall hanging flush with the wall.
If your situation requires mounting your tapestry to a curved wall, use Velcro®. You can find velcro tape. This form of Velcro has an adhesive backing and can be applied directly to the back of your tapestry. You can apply Velcro tape directly to your wall, but to prevent tearing, if you want to remove the Velcro at a future date, screw some thin strips of wood into your wall to form a frame. Then attach Velcro to the wood strips instead of the wall. If it is time to remove the tapestry,