5 Ways on How to Hang a Rug on the Wall

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Rugs are a striking addition to your room. They not only help in the décor of floors but can act as a great wall art for your room. Rugs are versatile pieces that can be used in multiple ways.

Wall hanging rugs are extraordinary room accessories that can brighten up your space and create a remarkable appearance. Hanging your favorite rug on a wall is an excellent way of displaying it plus it saves your precious possession from the wear and tear of foot traffic and spills.

Just like floor rugs have numerous benefits, wall rugs are beneficial too. They develop warmth. Moreover, they significantly limit the sounds from neighboring rooms, which is great when you’re entertaining but don’t want your little one’s sleep to be disturbed, or the other way round.

Things to Keep in Mind before Hanging a Rug

There are a number of points to keep in mind before placing a rug on your wall;

1. Heat Sources

Let’s start with the most basic. First comes location. As simple as it sounds, choosing a location for hanging a rug can be quite tricky.

Rugs should not be placed over heat sources like a fireplace or vent because it can ruin them. Same goes for areas with direct sunlight as that can fade your rug.

2. Safe Method

Never attach your rug directly to the wall through nails. The weight of the rug can cause tearing or stretching of rugs which totally destroys the purpose of displaying a rug on a wall.

3. Painting Rods

When using rods for hanging rugs, it is worthwhile to remember to paint over the rod to prevent it from damaging rugs with acid or rust. Just like floor rugs, proper maintenance of wall rugs is important too. Vacuuming once a week is enough to keep it clean.

4. Carpet Strips

Never attach the sticky carpet strips directly to the rugs as it can damage the rug when removed. Always attach the rug through hooks.

5. Rug Material

Try to find a suitable material for wall hanging. Do not go for something too soft or weak, as such material can easily be ruined and will not spread evenly across a wall. The stiffer the rug, the better the results.

6. A Good Wall

Always attach your rugs to a clean wall. Never try to cover a damaged wall as it can result in damaging your beautiful rug.

How to Attach Rugs to a Wall Without Damaging?

If you are unsure, please consult a professional.

When you are done with finding the rug of your choice for a wall hanging, the next basic step is to attach it to the wall without damaging it. There are many methods to hang a rug on the wall;

1. Wooden Frame

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Things you need:

  • Four wooden strips at least 10 centimeters longer than the size of your rug
  • U-brackets

Method:

  1. Make a wooden frame with the four strips
  2. Attach your rug to the frame with the help of u-brackets
  3. Hang the frame on the wall using dowels

Good to know:

  • Match the color of the wooden strips to that of the rug.
  • The heavier the rug is, the wider the strips should be.
  • The width of u-brackets is proportional to the thickness of the rug.

2. Velcro Frame

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Things you need:

  • 2 inch thick Velcro strip
  • Carpet thread
  • Needle scissors
  • 5 inch piece of flat wood
  • Unbleached muslin fabric
  • Drill, staple gun, and screws

Method:

  1. Measure the width of your rug
  2. Cut Velcro and muslin according to the width measurement
  3. Sew the fuzzy side of Velcro on the muslin fabric
  4. Sew the muslin fabric to the back of your rug, using carpet thread
  5. Cut the flat piece of wood to measure the width of the rug
  6. Attach the hard side of Velcro to the wooden strip using a staple gun
  7. Hang the wooden strip on the wall using drill and screws
  8. Stick your rug to the wooden strip

Good to know:

  • Match the carpet thread to the color of your rug to hide the stitching

3. Casing on a rod

Bed Head Rug as Wall Art

Things you need:

  • Fabric such as cotton or linen
  • Scissors
  • Carpet thread
  • Rod
  • Drill and screws
  • Wall anchor

Method:

  1. Measure the width of your rug
  2. Measure the thickness of the rod
  3. Measure and cut the fabric; its length should be shorter than the rug’s and width should be equal to the thickness of the rod in addition to 3 extra inches
  4. Attach the fabric to the top on the back of your rug
  5. Hang the rod on the wall using a drill and screws
  6. Slide the rug over the rod

Good to know:

  • Choose a good material for your casing like heavy cotton or linen
  • Remember to make the casing according to the size of your rod; in fact, add in a few extra inches
  • Match the color of the thread to that of your rug
  • Best method for heavy rugs

4. Carpet Clamps or Rug Clips

Rug Clamps

 Things you need:

  • Rug clamps or rug clips
  • Rod
  • Screws and drill

Method

  1. Attach the rod to the wall with drill and screws
  2. Attach the clamps evenly on the rod
  3. Hang your rug in the clamps

Good to know:

  • One of the easiest methods
  • Using rug clips does not distribute the weight of the rug evenly, therefore causing many gaps in the sequence

5. Tack-less Carpet Strips

* As easy as this method sounds, it has a high risk of damaging your rug, so be cautious!

Things you need:

  • Tack strips
  • Nails and hammer

Method

  1. Attach the tack strips to the wall with the help of a hammer
  2. Hang the top of the rug against the tack strip and fasten together with a nail
  3. Start at the top, then attach nails on the sides, and then on the bottom of the rug

Good to know:

  • Use upholstery nails as they can make the rug look fancy
  • Hammer the upholstery nails at a downward angle as this will give them maximum strength
  • Tacks are sharp so be careful not to hurt yourself
  • Tack-less strips are strips of wood between 1 to 2 meters long which consist of hundreds of tiny nails or tacks

What sort of materials are perfect for wall hanging?

The important factor in choosing a wall hanging for your room is to check the weight of the rug. Lighter and smaller wall rugs are easy to hang on walls, as compared to heavier rugs. Therefore, dense and heavy wool rugs would not be appropriate to hang on walls in most cases.

Persian rugs in real silk are the most exquisite rugs when it comes to décor. Their silk texture gives a classy look, and the lightweight nature of the material means they are easy to attach to the wall. Their vivid colors and interesting patterns perk up your space. If you are looking for a traditional look for your room, Kilim rugs are the perfect option.

Décor is an important part of setting up your space but it is equally significant to avoid damage to all the elements of a room, including furniture, accessories, flooring and wall. It is recommended to opt for steady and strong materials, such as heavy cotton and linen, to avoid damage to the rug itself.

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Conclusion

With that said, rugs are an excellent addition to your room. They are easy to mount and maintain. Like mentioned before, wall hangings can truly change the appearance of your room, and also with little effort. Best of all, hanging a rug on a wall is perfect for people who want a quick way of decorating their space.

Want to know more? Learn about rugs here!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How to Hang a Navajo Rug on a Wall?

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Use Velcro to hang a Navajo rug. Attach the hard strip of Velcro on a piece of wood and the fuzzy strip on muslin fabric and then to your rug. Adhere the piece of wood to the wall with the help of screws and stick the rug on the Velcro.

2. How to Hang a Persian and/or Oriental Rug on a Wall?

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The best way to hang heavy Oriental and Persian rugs on a wall is with the help of a rod frame. This method uses a casing on the back of the rug which slides over a rod attached on the wall.

3. How to Hang a Round Rug on a Wall?

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Use push pins or command strips to hang a round rug on a wall. Mark the spot where you want to hang your rug and then adhere the top of your rug with a push pin or command strip. Stretch the rug and attach the sides and at the end stick the bottom of the rug.

4. How to Hang a Wool Rug on a Wall?

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Woolen rugs are normally heavy and a casing on a rod is the best method for hanging such a rug on a wall. Attach a sturdy fabric to the back of your rug as a casing and stick a rod to the wall using anchors. Slide the rod through the casing on the back of the rug.

5. How to Hang a Rug as a Tapestry?

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Use the Velcro method to hang a rug as a tapestry on a wall. Get a 2-inch wide Velcro. Attach the hard side of Velcro on a piece of flat wood with the help of a staple gun and stick to the wall. Attach the fuzzy side to muslin fabric and then to the back of your rug. Stick the rug to the wood.

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About Shahad Kamal

Shahad has a keen interest in the area of interior design and décor. She is good with color schemes and rugs, and at Homely Rugs, will help you to design your ideal space. She enjoys reading about rugs and has learnt that certain textiles are best suited to different rooms of a home, which she will share with you in her articles.

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