How To Hang A Tapestry

How to hang a tapestry (with tapestry rod)?

The 5 important steps to hang a tapestry on a wall are 1. to choose a pleasing placement, 2. to measure the distance from the cornice/ceiling to the top of the tapestry, 3. to measure the distances from the top and sides of tapestry to the upper screw hole, 4. placing the brackets on the wall to mark both upper and lower screw holes, 5. securing the brackets on the walls. The rest is simply placing the rod with tapestry on the brackets, and then placing the tassels, if using.

Watch the video above on how to hang your wall tapestry step-by-step.

The easiest way is to use our tapestry rod set, which will include the finials and the mounting brackets hardware.

The great thing about our tapestry rods is that you can adjust the length of the rod, which means that you can get the perfect length for your tapestry, leaving room on each side for tassels, if using them.

Most rod pockets at the back of a tapestry (top part of the lining) will be tapered at the ends, so that the brackets will not be visible, as it is behind the tapestry.

When mounted, the tapestry will hang approximately 1-2 inches from the wall, except for the close to the wall style rods, giving it room for ventilation.

So have a look at this presentation above to watch how to hang a tapestry in action.

Key points include:

1. Pleasing placement on the wall

height to hang art pictures

Stand back to see the tapestry on the wall: you will need a helper to hold it in place, while you have a look. 

Have the center of the tapestry at eye level for a pleasing position, in location where there is no furniture in the way.

2. Mark the position of the tapestry on the wall

distance from ceiling to tapestry

While the tapestry is against the wall, mark the top of tapestry near the middle and the top left and top right corners or sides with a pencil on the wall.

Measure and record the distance from the cornice/ceiling to the top of the tapestry.

mark the sides

3. Measure the distance from the top, and side, of the tapestry to the bracket's upper screw hole

distance from top of tapestry to bracket screwhole

Place the tapestry face down on a table, then place the rod and brackets in the places they would be when hung.

That is, with the rod in the rod pocket and against its top edge, and the bracket against the rod, in the rod pocket openings behind the tapestry.

Now measure and record the distance from the top of tapestry to the upper screw hole of the bracket, and from the side the tapestry to the upper screw hole of the bracket.

distance from side of tapestry to screwhole

4. Mark the location of the bracket's upper screws holes on the wall

Add the a) distance between the ceiling/cornice and top of tapestry, and b) distance between top of tapestry and upper screw hole. Let's call this "distance A".

Now, along the same vertical line as the pencil mark you made before for the corner/side the tapestry, mark this "distance A" from the ceiling/cornice.

vertical distance

At this spot, the screw hole will be right on the edge of the tapestry, which is not quite right. So you will need to use the distance between the side to tapestry and the screw hole, to mark the correct spot.

horizontal distance

You can place the bracket on the wall to mark the lower screw hole as well.

Do the same for the other side.

5. Drill the holes for the brackets

drill hole

Using appropriate safety glasses and goggles, drill a hole for the screw holes on the wall.

6. Secure the brackets to the wall

fix brackets to wall

Use the wall plug, bracket and screws to secure the 2 brackets to the wall.

7. Place the rod with tapestry on the brackets

assemble tapestry rod and finials

Assemble the adjustable rod through the rod pocket of the tapestry, the screw on finials, and hang it on the wall.

place rod onto brackets

8. Hang the tassels

hang tassels

Hang the tassels, if you are using them. Make any adjustments to the rod length afterwards.

9. Screw on the front stabilising screws

Screw on the front stabilising screws to secure the rod position on the bracket from the front.

So there you have it!

end result

Watch the presentation in the video to see this in action.

The video shows the brackets supplied with rod products, designed to be used on brick/plaster walls.

Want more tips? See this article on tips on how to care for a tapestry.

end result

Here's to happy decorating!

Team at Worldwide Tapestries

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