How to Hang a Large Rug on a Wall

Written by gail logan
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Everyone knows that rugs are traditionally used as floor coverings, but did you know that throw rugs can also double as a stylish piece of wall art? Hanging a rug onto a wall is a quick and simple way to add an unexpected element to any living space. Of course, in order to prevent damage to the rug, it must be hung properly. Rugs not hung properly will be prone to tearing at the corners over time. Fortunately, with a few common items, you can add instant flair to any room.

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Things you need

  • Area rug
  • Wooden strip
  • 2-inch-wide Velcro
  • Glue or staple gun
  • Needle
  • Heavy thread such as carpet thread
  • Stud finder
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver

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    Lay the rug flat onto the floor with the area that will be shown on the wall facing downwards. Cut a strip of Velcro to fit along the entire edge of the rug that will serve as the hanging side. Hand sew the softer portion of the Velcro along the edge of the rug using the needle and heavy thread. Tie off at the end to secure the Velcro.

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    Using a strip of wood that is big enough to accommodate the Velcro and strong enough to hold up the rug. Measure and cut the length of the wood strip to ensure it is the proper size to fit the entire length of the edge of the rug that will be hanging. Glue the other piece of Velcro onto the wood or attach it with a staple gun.

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    Choose the area on the wall where you desire to hang the rug. With the help of another person, hold it onto the wall to ensure a good fit.

  4. 4

    Use a stud finder to find the studs in the wall in the area where you wish to hang the rug. Drill holes for screws and fit screws into the studs.

  5. 5

    Attach hardware onto the back of the wooden strip in the appropriate area to match up with the screws. Stick the Velcro portion of the rug onto the Velcro portion of the wood. Hang the wood piece with attached Velcro onto the screws.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure the strip of wood is wide enough to accommodate the 2-inch Velcro and strong enough to hold the weight of your rug. It should be at least 2-1/2 inches wide and 1/4-inch thick.
  • Never use rings or spring clips to hang a rug, as it creates pressure points along the rugs edge that will make it more likely to tear.

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