How do I hang a wall hanging?

Step 1 — Choose a location

We find it is best to choose a location;>

  • Brightly lit, but not in direct sunlight
  • On a wall that contrasts in shade and/or color with the wallhanging
  • Where the wall hanging can be seen from a distance and up close
  • Away from heat or air conditioning ducts

Some suggestions:

  • On a foyer wall
  • On a wall near your dining or kitchen table
  • On the wall behind a sofa
  • On the wall above a bed’s header board

Step 2 — Choose hanging treatment

Rectangular wall hangings can be hung using decorative rods (where the rod is intended to be seen), or hung so that only the wallhanging is seen. The choice is personal and is certainly influenced by the style of your home’s decor.

Most non-rectangular wall hangings (such as double wedding rings) cannot be hung with rods.

Specialty quilt hangers can be used for hanging wall hanging size quilts, but while these devices are good for hanging large quilts, they are not needed to hang small quilts. They tend to hide the top couple of inches of the quilt they are holding, which isn’t a problem with a bed quilt, but can be with a smaller quilt. They are also much more expensive than using a rod.

Step 3a – Hanging with a rod

Hanging rods can be purchased at any store that sells drapery hardware (building supply stores, department stores, drapery shops).Ask for cafe rods. Adjustable length metal rods with various finishes are available and range in price from less than $10 to as much as $30. Wooden drapery poles can also be used, which are available in a variety of finishes with decorative finials (the fancy end-pieces). These finished rods come with mounting hardware. If you are so inclined, you may wish to make and finish your own rod by purchasing a dowel rod (about1/2 inch diameter) and finials.

Many of our wall hangings include sleeves or tabs for hanging rods. The photos below show the difference between tabs and a sleeve.

With tabs the entire length of the rod is visible

With a sleeve, only the end of the rod is visible

If your rectangular quilt was not made with tabs or a sleeve, we can arrange for tabs or a sleeve to be added to your wall hanging before it is shipped (it typically will delay shipment by two days and add $10 to $20 to the price). If you desire that this be done, add a note to the Customer Comments section of the order form.

You, of course, may add your own tabs to a wall hanging, if you are not comfortable with sewing you can add tabs made from fabric ribbons (one inch wide andthree inches long) attached to the back of the wall hanging with safety pins as shown below.

Step 3b – Hanging without a rod

Believe it or not, the Amish solution is Velcro! Velcro is available at most fabric stores and hardware stores. Velcro self-adhesive Velcro tabs (or strips) can be attached to the top back edge of your wall hanging (with the adhesive, or hand sew, or if you prefer with straight pins).

The corresponding Velcro tabs can be directly attached to the wall. Alternatively, for a rectangular wall hanging, the tabs can be attached to a wooden strip and the wooden strip hung on the wall with a nail. The strip should be approximately2 inches wide, 1/2 inch thick, and long enough to reach across the back of your wall hanging and long enough to reach across the back of your wall hanging.