How to hang decorative tapestry rods

Written by marjorie gilbert
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When tapestries were first created, their use was more practical than decorative, though the decorative aspect was prized. In the Middle Ages, tapestries helped to insulate the bare stone walls of the castles and fortresses, helping to keep those living within the walls a little warmer. Now, with the great strides in technology, houses and buildings are better insulated, so tapestries can be appreciated for their beauty alone. When hanging tapestries on your walls, take into account the hanging of the decorative tapestry rods as well. Hanging these decorative rods properly can enhance the tapestry it holds as well as the overall decor of your room.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pen
  • Level
  • Metal or wooden rod
  • Brackets or hooks
  • Cordless drill or screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Drill bit (optional)
  • Finial (optional)
  • Tapestry

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  1. 1

    Measure the tapestry. When you hang the rod for the tapestry, you should try to have the rod extend about 3 inches on either side.

  2. 2

    Mark the placement of the brackets or hooks with a pen so you can accurately install them once without having to drill unnecessary holes in the wall. Use a level to make sure your marks are placed correctly. This also will prevent you from having to redo the placement of your hooks or brackets.

  3. 3

    Use a cordless drill or screwdriver to secure your brackets or hooks to the wall. If the wall is plaster or sheetrock, you can probably get by without pre-drilling or making pilot holes for the decorative rod's hardware. However, if your walls are wood panelled, stone or brick, making a pilot hole will make the installation easier.

  4. 4

    Slip the rod through the tapestry's pockets or through the channel at the back of the tapestry.

  5. 5

    Hang the rod on the brackets or hooks and attach the finals, should your decorative tapestry rods come with them.

Tips and warnings

  • Some people like to hang their rods on hooks that suspend the tapestry away from the wall. Others prefer to hang their rods on brackets that keep the tapestry closer to the wall (like they were in the Middle Ages). Others like brass hooks that allow the tapestry to hang fairly close to the wall without being flush against it.

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