How to Hang a Dowel Rod Tapestry

Written by stephanie fidalgo
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Tapestries can be a beautiful and elegant way to decorate any room. However, they require a different hanging technique than picture frames but, luckily, one that is just as simple. For a more refined look, tapestries can be customised with decorative rods in a similar process.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Tapestry
  • Wooden dowel or decorative rod
  • Two cup hooks
  • Picture frame nails or brackets

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    Hanging with a Simple Wooden Dowel

  1. 1

    Measure the tapestry.

  2. 2

    Cut a thin, round wooden dowel slightly longer than the width of the tapestry.

  3. 3

    Slide the dowel inside the rod sleeve at the top of the tapestry.

  4. 4

    Screw one cup hook into each end and position with the openings facing downward.

  5. 5

    Hammer two picture frame nails just outside where the two top corners of the tapestry will hang, in line with the hooks.

  6. 6

    Hang the tapestry on the wall via the nails.

    Hanging with a Decorative Rod

  1. 1

    Purchase an expandable decorative rod or one with removable finials (decorative ends).

  2. 2

    Slide the rod inside of the sleeve and then attach the finials, making sure the finials are on tightly.

  3. 3

    Set two picture hanging brackets flush into the wall just outside where the two top corners of the tapestry will hang.

  4. 4

    Hang the tapestry on the brackets.

Tips and warnings

  • For the dowel version, you can have the dowel cut for you at the hardware store if you do not have access to a saw.
  • For the decorative version, you can also attach tassels to the finials to enhance the look.
  • Always make sure that your nails and brackets are level before hanging.

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