How to Hang a Wall Tapestry or Rug

Decorative rugs and wall tapestries are often quite expensive if they are handwoven or created by a well-known artist. Even if your rug or tapestry is inexpensive, displaying it on a wall adds decor and style to your home. Hanging the design properly ensures that no damage occurs from the process. Curtain rods may rust over time, and spring clips cause the rug to hang unevenly causing stress on the points where the clips are attached.

Purchase a piece of wood at a craft and hobby store or have one cut at a lumber yard. It needs to be at least 2 inches long and the width of your wall hanging when hung properly according to the way the design is on the rug or tapestry. Some designs look best with the rug hung vertically and others look best hung horizontally.

Locate the studs on the wall where you want to hang the tapestry or rug. Use a stud finder for this or knock on the wall with your fist; the wall sounds hollow until you locate a stud and then it creates a thud sound. Studs are generally 16 to 24 inches apart on a wall. Mark the studs with a pencil at the height you want to hang the wall hanging.

Ask an assistant to hold the wood strip horizontally on the wall where the studs are located. Once the wood strip is level, mark directly below it with a pencil in two or three places.

Instruct the assistance to hold the wood strip directly above the pencil marks so it is level.

Attach a magnetic screw to the electric screwdriver and drill it through an end of the wood strip so that it goes into the stud. Continue screwing it in until it is flush with the surface of the wood. Repeat this near the other end of the wood strip at the stud. Some tapestries and rugs are quite heavy and this provides adequate support for the wall hanging.

Peel the adhesive backing on the stiff side of the hook and loop tape.

Spread a stream of wood glue across the wood strip to give the hook and loop tape additional support. Stick the hook and loop tape across the length of the wood strip. Cut it with a pair of scissors once you get to the end of the wood strip. Press the tape into place and allow time for the glue to dry thoroughly.

Peel the backing off the soft hook and loop strip. Press it onto the top edge of the wall hanging on the back side. Ensure that it is straight before continuing.

Sew the soft side of the hook and loop strip to the back side of the tapestry. Use an overcasting stitch to attach it to the wall hanging. You can machine stitch it is you desire. Tie a knot near the back of the rug once you are finished and cut the thread.

Attach the hook and loop on the wall hanging to the strip on the wood. Press it in place with your fingers.


If the rug is inexpensive or lightweight, use clear or coordinating colours of pushpins along the top to hold it in place. This is not adequate support for an expensive or heavy wall hanging, but it works well with lighter weights.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood strip (2 inches long and the width of your wall hanging)
  • Stud finder (optional)
  • Electric screwdriver
  • Magnetic wood screws (1 1/2 to 2 inches long)
  • Self-adhesive hook and loop tape (2 inches wide)
  • Wood glue
  • Scissors
  • A large needle and carpet or heavy cotton thread that coordinates with the wall hanging
  • Pushpins (optional)
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