How to hang a Medieval Tapestry

Remember that the most important thing about a medieval tapestry is that it can be quite heavy so you have to make sure the hanging is strong.

There are different ways to hang a medieval tapestry but the most common entails two brackets and a crossbar. The brackets are mounted on the wall, the crossbar is fed through the top of the tapestry then the crossbar is placed right onto the brackets. These crossbars and brackets come in many different shapes, sizes and materials. Some are wood and some are metal.

Before beginning

Place the crossbar right through the tapestry and hold it up against the wall. This works best with three people. Two people hold it up and move it around while the third person watches it and judges where the right place is.

When you have the tapestry in the location you want you add the brackets then mark off their locations with a pencil. Draw a pencil line around them and draw pencil marks where the screw holes are.

About Using a bubble level : When I hang a tapestry I use a bubble level to make sure the crossbar is exactly level but... the floor, walls and ceiling of your house are probably not exactly level so I often adjust the position of the crossbar just a little bit by sight. Stand back and take a good look at it before you start drilling your holes.

If possible, and if you have enough extra space on the crossbar it would be ideal to mount the brackets in positions where their screws would go through the wall and directly into the wooden studs behind. This gives you the strongest mounting.

You can find the studs behind the wall by using a stud finder which is an inexpensive tool that can be had at any home improvement store.

If you are going to be able to mount the brackets directly onto studs then the rest of the process is a snap. You just screw the brackets to the wall and you are done. But if you cannot mount to the studs because of where you want the tapestry to go then you are going to have to use an alternative method that mounts to the drywall.

The best, and strongest thing you can do is use some bolts called toggle-bolts. These are very strong and are often used to hold kitchen cabinets. If you have a very large and very heavy tapestry this would be the best way to go.

An easier and less expensive method would be to use molly-bolts. These are generally strong enough for tapestries but they are not easily removable. So if you think you are going to move or take down the tapestry at some point in the future this is a consideration.

Threaded Dry Wall anchor are also a reasonably good and easy way to mount your tapestry. They come in brand names such as EZ-Ancor or Zip-it Anchors.

Plastic expansion anchorsI don't recommend you use any of the common plastic expansion anchors. You are probably familiar with these. They are plastic pieces that you insert into a hole you drill in the wall. You then can screw a fastener right into them. These types of anchors are ok for picture hanging but a tapestry is much heavier than a screw.

If all these types of drywall anchors are confusing to you it is easy enough to take a trip to the local home improvement store and ask somebody. Remember, you are hanging a tapestry which is probably moderately heavy so avoid plastic expansion anchors!!

This picture shows some common plastic expansion anchors. Don't use these for your medieval tapestry. They are not strong enough!!

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