How to hang a carpet

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How to hang a carpet
Use a beautiful carpet as a wall hanging. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Some carpets are not just for covering floors: they are pieces of art and displayed. Oriental carpets and rugs, for example, add a stylish element to the room when displayed on a wall. Because most carpets are heavy, hang them carefully to prevent any damage to the fibres and securely so they don't fall down. Methods of hanging a carpet on the wall depend on the size of the rug and whether the display is permanent or temporary.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Thick cotton
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Velcro
  • 3-inch-wide wood slats
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • Stud finder
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Wood board
  • Handsaw
  • Canvas fabric
  • Button or carpet thread
  • Drapery rod

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    Velcro Method

  1. 1

    Cut a thick cotton strip that measures 1 inch longer than the carpet's width and 1 1/2 inches wider than the width of the Velcro strip.

  2. 2

    Sew a 1/2-inch hem along the four sides of the cotton strip, and sew the soft side of the Velcro strip to this cotton strip. Attach the Velcro in a straight line as opposed to following the contours in the weave.

  3. 3

    Slip-stitch the cotton strip to the upper back edge of the carpet.

  4. 4

    Align a 3-inch-wide length of finished wood against the hook side of the Velcro and join the two together using rust-resistant staples.

  5. 5

    Locate studs in the selected wall with a stud finder. Drill holes for the screws and attach the wood to the wall using screws.

  6. 6

    Lift the carpet and align it to the length of wood on the wall. Adjust the carpet before fastening the lengths of Velcro so the carpet hangs straight.

    Wooden Backing Board Method

  1. 1

    Cut a length of plywood or wood the same size as the carpet you want to hang. The piece of wood serves as the support structure for the carpet. Staple two or more wood or plywood boards together as needed.

  2. 2

    Place the frame on an even surface. Spread the carpet evenly over the frame. Align the sides of the carpet to rest evenly over the framework. Fold out any creases in the carpet so it is smooth.

  3. 3

    Attach the carpet to the wood frame using heavy-duty galvanised tacks in the same colour as the weave.

  4. 4

    Mount the frame on the selected wall, high enough so the lower edge of the carpet will not touch the floor.

    Canvas Sleeve and Rod Method

  1. 1

    Sew cloth sleeves to the back side of heavy, floppy or thick carpets to hang them on the wall and distribute their weight evenly. Depending on the size of the particular carpet, use 2-foot-long sleeves spaced evenly apart or a single one that runs the entire width of the carpet. Alternatively, sew cloth tabs to the backs of rigid or medium to lightweight carpets. They require less sewing and are less destructive when removed. You can also stitch a line of evenly spaced key rings to the upper back of rigid, lightweight carpets instead of tabs.

  2. 2

    Locate the studs in the wall with a stud finder. Mount the wall brackets (that come with the rod) into the studs.

  3. 3

    Slide a decorative wooden rod into the sleeve or tabs. Attach the rod to the wall using wall brackets. The rod evenly distributes the weight of the carpet and holds it securely.

Tips and warnings

  • Determine whether the desired carpet is meant for hanging before attempting to do so. Heavy styles like Bijar will tear if hung on a wall. Other Oriental rugs, however, feature sleeves or loops at the back meant specifically for hanging.
  • The width and amount of Velcro you need to sew to the back of the carpet for hanging depends on the carpet's weight. Use 1-inch-wide Velcro for small or lightweight carpets 2-inch-wide or wider Velcro strips for heavier rugs.
  • Hang the carpet high enough on the wall so the fringes do not touch the floor.

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