Most people buy rugs to place beneath their feet. However, have you ever thought about hanging a rug on a wall? A decorative rug made of natural fibers can add dimension to your space and an element of surprise to your décor when hung on the wall. It's a great way to showcase the beauty of your purchase, and it can even act as extra insulation in your room, absorbing sounds and keeping your space quiet. There are several ways to mount a rug on the wall. Some depend on the rug's characteristics, and others simply depend on how much time you're willing to invest in presenting this unique masterpiece. No matter what method you choose, you'll need to decide in what direction the rug should hang. Hold it up to the wall to test out the different options before you commit. Some of the methods below require you to use a rod that's longer than the width of the rug as well as brackets to support the rod. The rug will hang from this rod.
Sleeve MountingThis method is ideal for almost any rug but will give extremely heavy rugs added security when mounted on the wall. It will also help very floppy rugs keep their shape as gravity takes its toll. First, sew a sleeve out of thick canvas fabric. To do this, cut a rectangle of canvas that is about 2 inches shorter than the width of the rug and 3 to 4 times as wide as the diameter of the rod. Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise and sew along the raw edges, leaving a seam allowance of about ¼ to ½ inch. The rod should slip easily but snugly into this sleeve. Finally, connect the sleeve to the back of the rug along the rug's top edge. Sew the sleeve by hand along each of the sleeve's long edges using upholstery thread. Make sure you pass the needle through the existing weave on the back of the rug; don't pass the needle straight through the rug to the front. This will prevent the stitches from showing on the front of the rug.
Tab or Ring MountingThe tab mounting method is similar to the sleeve method but uses a number of narrow tabs instead of a continuous sleeve. Use thick cotton ribbon or strips of canvas for the tabs. Create several loops that wrap around the rod securely but allow it to slide through. These are your tabs. Secure the tabs to the back of the rug along the rug's top edge using the same hand-sewing method as with the sleeve mounting method. Instead of using cloth tabs, you may use heavy gauge metal rings. If the rug sags once it's hung, add more tabs or rings to distribute the weight more evenly.
Tack Strip MountingThis method does not require the use of a rod. Purchase a tack strip used for carpeting and cut it to approximately the same width as the rug. Attach the tack strip to the wall using a hammer and nails and a level. Ensure that it is well-anchored with the proper hardware for your wall type or screw the strip into the studs. Lay the top edge of the rug against the tack strip and press firmly to secure it, then fasten it more firmly by hammering in decorative upholstery nails. This method can create holes in the rug depending on the rug's weave, so you may wish to reserve this method for jute or sisal rugs as opposed to wool or shag rugs. Next time you're deciding what to hang on your walls, eschew conventional artwork and choose a rug instead. This is a convenient way to draw interest to a large expanse of wall and can even keep your house warmer in cooler weather.
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