How to Hang a Tapestry on the Wall (AVOID Doing This!)

A tapestry brings the fantasy feel of living in an imaginary world to your room. If your walls are occupied, take a look at your empty, inviting ceiling!

Your imagination is the only limitation when decorating this surface with artifacts of the past, such as old light fixtures or dimmed chandeliers. The following guide details a simple and inexpensive way to hang a tapestry from your ceiling safely. This isn’t a challenging project, so let’s get started!


Step 1: Choose the Right Color Tapestry for Your Place

The color and design of your tapestry can significantly influence how your room looks. To avoid having an eyesore on your ceiling, bring a paint sample from your room to the store to help narrow down your choices.

In addition, the color of your tapestry can affect how big or small your room appears. For example, vivid bright colors or very dark ones might make your room look smaller; choose muted shades to help make it appear larger.

Step 2: Gather Your Tools

To get started on hanging your tapestry, you’ll need a few items. Prepare these:

Pencil, measuring tape, velcro, ladder, and scissors.

Step 3: Choose Your Spot

Whichever room you choose to hang your tapestry in, make sure it has a safe area with minimal air drafts or other disturbances.

To ensure an appropriate fit, measure the space on your chosen spot using the measuring tape and then compare it with your tapestry. Don’t worry if you find the tapestry bigger than your ceiling. You can cut the extra fabric and use a suitable tapestry trim on the edges to keep it looking lovely.

Tapestry hanging on a wall

Step 4: Mark the Measurements

Use the ladder to mark the outlines of the measurements on the ceiling and then on the back of your tapestry. This will ensure it’s a proper fit and doesn’t sag.

Remember to climb the ladder carefully! Keep yourself safe from unwanted falls by following these simple rules.

Step 5: Prepare Your Tapestry

Velcro is made of two strips of thin plastic sheets. One is covered with tiny loops, while the other has flexible hooks. When pressed together, the hooks and loops stick together and can be separated when pulled apart.

Following the same steps, you’ll need to place the velcro on the marks you’ve drawn on your ceiling and your tapestry’s back. Tapestries can be pretty heavy, so don’t forget to place velcro as much as you think is needed to secure the tapestry in place!

Velcro can be a helpful adhesive, but if you’re not careful with it, it can cause damage. If you get the strips stuck onto your tapestry’s surface instead of the loops, you can tear the fabric or damage it.

You can also use velcro to hang tapestry against the wall.

Example of tapestry that is attached against the wall with velcro. Image by PlumbingInstantFix. All rights reserved.

You can also use push pins or nails. You can add fishing wires to get a cool effect. Just be careful that you don’t hit electrical wires or plumbing pipes. This can be done with a stud finder or similar devices.

Step 6: Hang Your Tapestry on the Ceiling

Climb your ladder and start pulling your tapestry slowly from one side to the other. Don’t be hasty and take your time to observe how the tapestry is unfolding. It’s best to stretch it out to avoid any creases in the fabric.

And now you have a magical-looking room with a tapestry hanging from the ceiling!

How to Take Care of Your Tapestry?

Before hanging your tapestry, make sure to iron it first to avoid leaving any creases or wrinkles on it. Test the corner of your tapestry first with the iron or use a sheet to protect it from the heat.

When it comes to cleaning, your tapestry won’t require constant maintenance. Softly, use a dry brush or a handheld vacuum every once in a while to remove any dust on your tapestry.

Use dry cleaning services if you want your tapestry to look its best. Avoid using a washing machine for tapestries, as the delicate fabric may be harmed by this method of cleaning.

To prevent your tapestry from fading, avoid hanging it in a place where direct sunlight will hit it. Even if the ceiling doesn’t receive direct sunlight, a window or a mirror could reflect sun beams onto your tapestry and cause it to lose its color.

If you hang your tapestry so that it falls from the ceiling to the floor, do not hang it near any open flames, heaters, or electrical outlets. Please exercise fire safety precautions to protect yourself and everyone around you.


Can you use nails to hang a tapestry on your ceiling?

Most people usually want to avoid the hassle of using nails or filling their walls with holes, so they use velcro or adhesive hooks. But you can actually use pins!

But, the main thing to consider when using nails is the weave of your tapestry. Using nails on tapestries with tight weaves can rip the fabric and cause an unsightly look. On the other hand, larger weaves might not be as affected by the nail.

To avoid this issue altogether, use roofing nails; though they cost more than regular nails, they won’t damage your tapestry.

You can also hang a tapestry from the ceiling in other ways! For example, you can use push pins to hang a light tapestry with no problems. Or you can mount a curtain rod on the ceiling and hook the tapestry to it.

Can you hang a tapestry on a popcorn ceiling?

It’s okay if your ceiling is a bit bumpy; you can still hang a beautiful tapestry! That’s while considering that velcro might not be the best option, as the adhesive on the back won’t stick to the ceiling properly. Just use push pins or nails to gently tack the corners of the fabric on your ceiling.


So there you have it: how to hang a tapestry from the ceiling without damaging your walls and a few tips on how to maintain it so that it can look gorgeous for years.

With the right care and hanging technique, your tapestry can be a beautiful and permanent piece in any room. So don’t forget about your ceiling art—hang it properly to make sure it looks stunning for many years to come.