How to hang a tapestry
Iron the tapestry
Tapestries can be beautiful decorations for rooms and walls that
need something a little extra. They can also add texture to walls
and dampen noise. Even though tapestries cannot break if they fall,
they still look better if hung properly.
Prior to hanging your tapestry, ironing may be needed to remove creases. Use a low to medium iron to test first and iron on the back of the tapestry. If creases do not come out by ironing the back, then use a dye-free bed sheet and place over the front of the tapestry to iron. You may need to increase the temperature of the iron and use some steam to remove the creases but always test in a corner of the tapestry first.
Get a piece of baseboard
Use baseboard to hang a tapestry with a rod pocket directly
against the wall. This is a very inexpensive and easy method for
hanging wall tapestries. Your tapestry will be hung very straight
by using this method. This method also ensures that the tapestry is
hung flush against the wall.
Cut a piece of baseboard or another flat piece of wood so that it is slightly shorter than the width of the tapestry. The bar can also be made from metal or plastic but these are harder to drill through properly. Make sure your baseboard fits in the rod pocket on the back of the tapestry.
Drill holes in each end of the baseboard
Drill holes at each end of the baseboard that are equal distances from the ends of the baseboard and centered. These holes should fit the size screws that you will be using.
Locate your studs
Use a stud finder to locate the studs in the wall. Although this is not always necessary it will help you to find the most secure location to hang your tapestry. If you cannot use the studs, do not have studs or would like to put the tapestry in another location you can use drywall screws or masonry screws, depending on the type of wall you are hanging the tapestry on.
Mark the screw locations on the walls and drill the holes
Use the baseboard to mark the location of the screws on the wall. Once holding the baseboard level against the wall you can insert a pencil or screw to make a small mark on the wall. Drill holes into the walls at these locations to align with the holes made in the baseboard. Make sure the baseboard is level while you do this to ensure that your tapestry is hung straight.
Insert wall anchors if you are using them
If you require wall anchors, for example if you are hanging directly into the drywall or have masonry walls, then you should now insert these into the drilled holes. Wall anchors will provide extra stability and ensure your screws do not slide out from drywall or masonry walls.
Slide the baseboard into the rod pocket on the tapestry.
The rod pocket is located at the top on the back of the tapestry.
Screw the screws through the baseboard and into the wall
Start with one side at a time and screw through the baseboard
into the hole or wall anchor on that side. Repeat with the screw on
the other side.
Step back and make sure the tapestry is level. Now that the tapestry is hung, take a step back to make sure everything looks even and level. If everything is good then you are finished!