11 Easy Ways To Hang Wall Tapestries DIY At Home

Have you grown tired of your old bedroom’s boring painted walls? Or are you a student who wishes to redecorate her new dorm room? 

In this article, we will show you how to transform your personal space from blah into a perfect place that reflects your style. 

You should incorporate a sense of your personality into the design of your private spaces. 

For this reason, we encourage people to redecorate their rooms based on their preferences.

An easy way to add character to a room is to add a tapestry to the wall.

Before we teach you the 11 simple steps to hang a tapestry on your wall, let us first discuss what a tapestry is. 

We will also tell you the things that you need to consider in choosing them.

What is a Tapestry? 

A tapestry is any woven fabric with pictures and artistic designs

The designs are created by weaving threads of different colors together to form an image. Apart from that, embroidering is also another way to make tapestries.

Tapestries come in many sizes and serve many purposes. They are sometimes used as furniture coverings or as wall decorations. 

They are also sometimes used to tell stories and are displayed as featured art in halls or museums.

In this article, you will learn how to use tapestry as a wall decoration. 

Since you will be using tapestries as your new wall accents, it is important that you choose something that fits your style

By doing this, you will be able to add more of your personality to your private space.


  • Overall look you wish to achieve. When choosing a tapestry for your room, the first thing that you need to consider is the look that you want to achieve

Since you will be using the tapestry as your wall accent, you may want to choose something that stands out.

Depending on your taste, you could choose something with bright colors or you could opt for the one with neutral colors. The choice is yours to make. The important thing is to make your choice based on the overall look you wish to achieve.

  • Size of the wall. Another thing to consider is the size of the wall where you will hang it

The size of the wall can influence the size of the tapestry that you will need. 

Since it is going to be a wall accent, if you place it on a wall, there should be no other decorations beside it. 

This means that if you have a large wall, you will need a large tapestry.

  • Furniture near the wall. You will also need to consider the presence of any furniture beside the wall as well as wall hangings

If there is none, you will need a big tapestry that can cover the entire wall up to a couple of inches above the floor. 

If there are beds or shelves, then you will need a smaller or shorter one that will only be up to a couple of inches above them.

  • How to hang the tapestry. The last thing that you will need to consider is how you will attach the tapestry to the wall

For example, if you’re going to nail it to the wall, you may need to choose one that is not tightly woven or has a larger weave. 

In that way, you can place the nail in the space between the wefts. 

Once you have chosen a wall tapestry, you will now need to determine how you are going to hang it on your wall. 

The good news is that there are many approaches to choose from. You can choose from them based on your preferences.


We have listed 11 different ways below that are so easy that you can actually do them on your own.


This is the easiest way and most common method of attaching a tapestry to the wall. 

Before you choose this great method, make sure first that it is okay for you to create holes in your walls. 

Nails will leave holes in your walls once you remove the tapestry. This means that you can only use it in your own home. 

If you want to use it in your dorm room or rented apartment, you may need to check first if it’s okay to bury nails on the walls.

This method will work best for tapestries that have large weaves. Nails and push pins will leave unwanted marks on a tightly-woven fabric. 

This is why we only suggest this method for tapestries that have large weaves. You can put the nails on the top of the tapestry, in the space between the wefts. 

-If your tapestry is small and light: Two nails on the corners may be enough. Afterward, you can let the fabric drape casually.

If you are unsure if two nails are enough, you could opt to put them on all four corners.

-If you have a large tapestry: You may need to put a series of nails, arranged in rows on, both the top and bottom of the fabric. 

2. USE ADHESIVE STRIPS (Velcro Strips or Command strips):

If you are living in a rented space, using an adhesive strip is a good option for you. because it will not leave any holes or marks on your walls

This means that you can use it to attach your tapestry with no fear of damaging the walls.

Using adhesive strips is also the best option for you if you have curved walls or irregularly shaped ones.

If this is the case for you, we recommend using either Command Strips or Velcro Strips

But Velcro Strips are the most common brand that people use for this purpose. 

To use it, the first thing that you need to do is cut it to the length that you need. Then, attach it to the back of the tapestry. Use the one that is suitable for fabrics. 

Then, put another Velcro strip on top of those strips. This time, use the one with a sticky back that is suitable for hard surfaces. Once you have done this, you may now remove the paper or film backing and attach it to the wall.

Do note that you can choose to put a row of strips on the top of the tapestry or on its four corners.


If you have a small and lightweight tapestry, then this is one of the best options for you. For this method, you will need a pair of adhesive hooks and strings. 

Simply follow the steps below:

  • Step 1: Measure the length of your tapestry. This is the first thing that you need to do. 
  • Step 2: Put the adhesive hooks a couple of inches away from the fabric. 
  • Step 3: Create a loop using the strings and attach them to the top corners of your tapestry. 
  • Make sure that the string is strong enough to carry the weight of your tapestry. 
  • Step 4: Hang the loop on the adhesive hook.
  • Step 5: To attach the adhesive hooks, pull the paper or film backing and then stick the hook to your desired location on the wall.

We recommend the use of adhesive hooks for people who live in rented spaces and dorm rooms. They are perfect because these hooks won’t damage the walls.


If your tapestry has a part on top of it that can be folded and sewn, then you can try this different method. 

The first thing that you need to do is fold and sew the uppermost part of the tapestry to create a slot. 

You can also choose to sew the pocket using additional fabric. To do this, you will need to connect and sew the top edge of your tapestry to the new fabric. Then, sew the opposite parallel side to create a pocket.

You will then place the curtain rod in this slot. 

Make sure that the slot is big enough that you can slide the rod in and out of it with ease and without ruining the tapestry.

If you don’t have hooks where you can hang the curtain rod, you can use adhesive hooks. Put the adhesive hooks on both ends of the rod. Then, place the rod on it.

In some instances, the tapestry already has an area where you can put the rod. If you are able to find this kind of tapestry, then using a tapestry or a curtain rod and adhesive hook is the best option for you.


Heavy tapestries require extra support. Adhesive hooks and nails are not strong enough to carry them. 

In this situation, you will need to use a baseboard. A baseboard can offer extra support to your tapestry once you attach it to the wall. 

The only problem here is that the installation will leave holes once you remove it

Step 1: The first thing that you need to do here is to choose a board that fits the rod pocket. This rod pocket is located at the back of your tapestry. 

Step 2: If there’s no rod pocket, you can just make one by sewing a heavy fabric to it.

Make sure that the thread that you will use to sew will not ruin the featured design in your tapestry.

Step 3: After you have created the rod pocket, cut the board. Make sure that the width of the fabric is longer than the board. 

Using a pencil, mark both the rod pocket and the board where you will drill the holes and place the screw.

Step 4: Put the board in the rod pocket, then fold and seal the sides of the fabric. 

Step 5: Finish it by attaching the board to the wall using screws and putting it on the marks that you placed on the fabric.


If your room has ceiling tiles, then you can try this method. 

Here, you can choose to insert and tuck the uppermost parts of your tapestry onto the ceiling tiles.  

We recommend this if you have a long, vertical tapestry but limited wall space.

But if you have a plain ceiling finish but would still like to use this method, then you can use adhesive hooks. 

To do this method, you can attach a curtain ring to both corners of the uppermost part of your tapestry. After that, you can hang or connect the curtain rings to the adhesive hook.


Want to try something different in your bedroom? Why not try turning your tapestry into your bed canopy? 

To do this, you have to have a long vertical tapestry.  

Step 1: Attach and secure the two bottom corners of your tapestry to the headboard of your bed. 

Step 2: Then, pull it vertically and extend it horizontally. 

Make sure that the length of the tapestry that you will attach to the ceiling is as long as your bed.

Step 3: Then, attach six eye hooks to the ceiling. Make sure that they are parallel and mimic the position of the bed. 

Step 4: After that, you will need to place two on the ceiling part directly above the headboard. 

Step 5: Place two hooks above the opposite end of the bed. Add two more in the middle.

Step 6: You can choose to use strings to create a loop. Then, attach it to the part near the hooks. 

Step 7: Tie or attach the loop to the hooks.


We recommend this option if your tapestry is small and will be placed near furniture or a shelf.

To do this, you can either choose to buy a frame that can fit your tapestry or build one on your own. 

There’s a lot of DIY wood frame that you can choose from on the market.

The materials that you will need will include a piece of wood such as a plywood board cut to the size of your tapestry. It will serve as the backing for your frame. 

You will also need wooden frame edges, glass covers, and wall anchors.

The easy way, however, is to just buy one. Make sure that your tapestry is flat and free from any wrinkles. Hence, you may want to iron it first before you put it inside a frame.

Then, you will need to attach it to the backing. To do this, you can use a staple gun or a hot glue gun. Put the glass cover on and then seal the frame.

Once you have placed it inside the frame, you can now hang it on the wall. This will become the perfect tapestry that you can add to your bare walls.


This is a great way if you want to make sure that your tapestry is hung and displayed evenly.

If you want to try this option, then consider buying a large one. Large poster hangers will be able to ensure that your tapestry is displayed properly. 

The first thing that you need to do here is to make sure that your tapestry does not have any folds or wrinkles. Then, proceed to attach the tapestry to the poster hanger. Secure both the upper and the bottom parts and then hang them.

For small tapestries, this method works well.


This strategy is similar to the curtain or tapestry rod method, except you will be using a rope or cable instead of a rod.

For this method, you will need a rope or cable and additional fabric. 

Step 1: Sew the tapestry and the additional fabric together. You will have to connect and sew the top edge of your tapestry to the new fabric. 

Step 2: Sew the opposite parallel side to create a pocket.

Step 3: Insert the rope or cable into the pocket. 

Step 4: Make sure that the rope or cable is longer than the tapestry. 

Step 5: Tie the rope to the eye hook or adhesive hook.


This is the best method if you are someone who likes to redecorate their personal space often

There are two reasons why we said that this method is perfect for people who like to change things. 

The first reason is the ease of removing and replacing the tapestries. If this is your chosen method, then you will find that replacing the tapestries is actually easy. You can do it whenever you want to change it. 

The second reason is the idea that this method can never damage your tapestries.

If you want this method, then the first thing that you should do is buy a metal base plate and attach it to the wall. You can also choose to buy a rectangular magnet as an alternative. 

The rectangular magnet does not need to have the same length as the tapestry. 

Then, spread your tapestry on it. To secure the tapestry, put the magnet on top of it. 

You actually do not need to do anything to the tapestry. You also do not need to fix it to the metal base plate or the magnet.

Hang Wall Tapestries DIY At Home Summary

Choosing the best way to hang your tapestry may seem fun and easy, but it could also be quite challenging. You have to consider many important factors. 

These include the size and weight of your tapestry, the location where you will hang it and the available materials that you can use are also included, and last but not least, the living conditions that you have in your personal space.

That being said, you must choose the one method that you can actually enjoy doing and will not damage both the tapestry and your wall.

Which method did you try? Tell us in the comments section below how it worked out. 

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D. Hahn

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