How to Mount a Rug Hanger

Updated February 21, 2017

There are many types of rug hangers available on the market today. Traditional rug hangers are of the clamping variety. These types of hangers have two main parts, a base clamp and an outer clamp. The hanger's base secures to the wall using three or four mounting screws. The outer clamp mounts to the base clamp using three or four decorative screws that tighten the clamp to the base, securing the rug. Another type that mounts using a single screw is similar to a coat hanger and supports the rug with a bar that passes through a pocket sewn onto the back of the rug.

Measure the wall using a tape measure to find its centre, and use a pencil to make a mark at the desired height of the hanger. The height of the hanger is usually about a foot down from the ceiling, but really depends on the size of the rug as well as personal preference.

Unscrew the decorative nuts or bolts that hold the two-pieced rug-hanging clamp together.

Measure the base clamp, the one that will attach to the wall, and make a mark at its centre. Hold the base clamp on the wall and align its centre mark with the wall's centre mark made in step 1. Level the base clamp using a level and mark the mounting hole locations on the wall using a pencil. Set the base clamp aside.

Using a stud finder, check to see if the mounting hole locations fall on a stud. This is important in order to determine the type of mounting screws you'll use to mount the base clamp.

Mount the base clamp to the wall. Mounting hole locations that align with a wall stud require a wood screw long enough to reach into the stud. (If the hole does not align with a stud, skip to Step 6). Take into consideration the thickness of the base clamp and drywall when determining the screw's length. Use a screw gun to drive the wood screw through the mounting hole on base clamp into the wall stud. Repeat this step for all mounting holes that align on wall studs.

Mount the base clamp to drywall using toggle bolts if the hole location is not over a stud. A toggle bolt is a long bolt threaded with a butterfly nut. Use a slotted screwdriver, hole punch or appropriately sized drill bit to make holes in the drywall where needed. The holes need to be large enough to allow the depressed toggle bolt to enter. Insert the toggle screws through the mounting holes on the base clamp. Thread the butterfly nut onto the toggle bolt a turn or two. Hold the base clamp with attached toggle bolts against the wall. Squeeze the butterfly nuts and insert them in the holes in the drywall. Tighten the toggle bolts using a screw gun, Phillips head or slotted screwdriver until snug.

Align the outer clamp with the base clamp and thread the decorative nuts or bolts into the threaded holes on the base clamp. Using an assistant, insert the top edge of the rug into the hanger and tighten the decorative bolts by hand to secure the rug to the hanger.

Locate a suitable location to hang the rug. Consider the size of the hanger in relation to the rug when determining a suitable location.

Use a stud finder to determine if the mounting screw location on the hanger falls on a stud. If so, use an appropriately sized screw to attach the rug hanger to the wall. If the mounting hole does not align with a stud, use a toggle bolt to mount the hanger, following the instructions in Step 6 of the previous section.

Remove the hanging bar from the rug hanger and pass it through the pocket on the back of the rug. Hang the bar and rug on the rug hanger and adjust if necessary.


Have an assistant to help when hanging rug hangers and rugs. Mounting rugs on masonry walls requires using a cement-type anchor.


Do not use plastic hangers to mount rug hangers unless rated to hold the applicable weight.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • Stud finder
  • Wood screws
  • Screw gun
  • Toggle bolts
  • Slotted screwdriver
  • Hole punch
  • Drill bit
  • Phillips head screwdriver
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About the Author

Robert Ferguson has been a writer since 2000. His published work includes material for major companies in the home improvement, plumbing, HVAC and power tool industry. Ferguson is a self-employed, licensed building contractor in Florida with more than 30 years of hands on experience experience focusing primarily on residential remodeling, repair, renovation and construction.