Hanging a quilt on a wall is a rewarding task that can be completed with ease, provided you have the know-how and the necessary supplies. In this article, we’ll cover the essential steps required in order to understand how to hang a quilt on the wall. From properly measuring the wall and gathering essential supplies, to attaching the quilt to the wall and considering optional accessories, we’ll provide an in-depth guide on how to achieve a professional-looking quilt hanging. With a little bit of effort and some confidence, you’ll be able to show off your favourite quilt proudy without worry!
Hanging a Quilt on the Wall
Hanging a quilt on your wall can be an excellent way to showcase a special quilt that has been treasured for generations or one that you may have just made yourself. Not only does it add a beautiful touch to any room, but it can make any space feel more personal. From supplies needed to properly measure and hang the quilt, to options for finishing touches, this guide will help you bring your quilt to life on your wall.
Essential Supplies for Hanging a Quilt
When hanging a quilt, it is essential to have the appropriate supplies to prevent damage to both the wall and the quilt. Here is a list of all the necessary supplies necessary for properly hanging a quilt:
- picture wire
- tack hammer
- tape measure
- wall hooks or nails
The picture wire is used to secure the top of the quilt to the wall. You can secure it to the quilt by using either D-rings, as shown in the diagram below, or by sewing the wire directly onto the quilt with a needle and thread.
For the lower part of the quilt, the tack hammer and screws are used to secure the quilt to the wall. To prevent any damage to the wall it is important to choose the appropriate size screw for the wall hooks.
The tape measure is used to measure the wall for proper quilt hanging and the leveler ensures that the quilt is hanging straight and secure. The wall hooks or nails will support the lower part of the quilt, depend on the quilt weight.
Overall, the supplies listed above are essential for properly and safely hanging a quilt on the wall. With these supplies, you can avoid any damage to the wall or the quilt, and have a beautiful display of your quilt!
Properly Measuring the Wall for Quilt Hanging
When you’re hanging a quilt on the wall, accuracy is key. You’ll want to make sure that the quilt you have is centered on the wall and straight. To do this, first use a tape measure to measure the width of the wall, beginning from one edge and ending at the other edge. You’ll want to measure the wall from ceiling to floor to get the exact size of the wall itself. Once you’ve measured the wall, you can then begin planning how you want to hang the quilt.
Next, take a look at the measurements of the quilt and make sure to choose a spot on the wall for the center of the quilt that will fit the quilt’s measurements. Take the measurements of the quilt and divide them by two. This will give you the exact center of the quilt. Mark this spot on the wall with a pencil or other marker.
Now you need to measure the distance to the ground. You’ll want to make sure you have enough distance from the ground to the bottom of the quilt, with the quilt being centered at the marked spot of the wall. Once you know the distance, you can then measure the other spots on the wall you will need to attach the quilt.
Here’s a simple list of items you’ll need before measuring out your wall for quilt hanging:
- Tape measure
- Pencil or other marker
- Quilt measurements
- Knowledge of wall size from ceiling to floor
With these supplies and measurements, you can then be sure that you hang the quilt accurately and create an even, centered look on the wall.
Attaching the Quilt to the Wall
Once you have all the essential supplies and the quilt is properly measured and ready to hang, it’s time to attach it the wall. You’ll need to first use the measuring tape to make sure it is centered in the area you want to hang it. After that you can begin attaching your quilt.
For lightweight quilts, it’s best to just use adhesive strips, either hook-and-loop or steam-hanging strips, to attach the quilt to the wall.
To use hook-and-loop strips, place the loop side of the strip on the quilt and the hook side of the strip on the wall. Be sure that the hook sides are lined up correctly with the loop sides and that they are facing the same direction. Make sure the strips are tightly secured to the wall and the quilt.
If using steam-hanging strips, attach the quilt to the tape and then steam the tape. The steam serves to activate a sticky adhesive and will attach the quilt to the wall.
For heavy quilts, you may need to use nails or screws to hang the quilt.
- As with hook-and-loop strips, make sure the quilt is centered in the desired location on the wall.
- Use a hammer and nails or a drill and screws to attach the quilt to the wall.
- Make sure the nails and/or screws are inserted into the quilt evenly, and also not too tightly, as this can damage the fabric.
Alternatively, use a picture hanging rail system to hang the quilt. This is superior to nails and screws, as the quilt is suspended from the rail and won’t crease like it would with nails or screws.
Remember, when attaching the quilt to the wall, make sure you don’t damage the fabric or cause it to crease. This can ruin the look, as well as reduce the value of the quilt over time. Take your time and do it right!
Options for Quilt Hanging Accessories
When deciding how to hang a quilt on the wall, there are plenty of accessories that can be used. While some quilts can be hung simply, with minimal effort, having the right supplies and accessories on hand can make the job easier, and make the finished product look much better. Here are just some of the accessories available for hanging a quilt:
- French Cleats – small cleats, usually made of wood, that attach to the back of a quilt. These secure the quilt, and ensure it hangs level on the wall.
- Brackets – either decorative or standard brackets, these attach the quilt to the wall.
- Hangers and Rods – pre-made rods and hangers are available to hang quilts; these are available in a variety of styles.
- Pins or Stick Pins – thin rods with pins on the end, these can be used to hang quilts from cords or ties.
- Quilt Hanging Clips – small plastic clips that are used to attach a quilt to a dowel or wall hook.
- Quilt Stand – for displaying a quilt without hanging it on the wall, a quilt stand is a great option and can be used for a variety of items.
Using the appropriate accessories will help ensure that your quilt looks beautiful on the wall. Consider the weight and size of your quilt and the condition of your wall before selecting the accessories that will work best. Be sure to use the tools and accessories correctly, and test them in advance to make sure they are secure before hanging the quilt. Finally, take the time to clean up the area and enjoy your finished product!
Clean Up and Enjoy Your Work!
Once you have finished hanging your quilt the last step is to make sure the room looks the way you want it. Take a few moments to tidy up and make sure all the tools and extra supplies have been put away. Sweep up any dust or stray pieces of thread that may have been left behind. Step back and admire your hard work!
At this point, you can add additional elements around the quilt if you desire. Whether you choose to put complimentary pieces of art, photographs, or mementos around it, the look should depend purely on your own personal taste.
Finally, invite family and friends into the room and showcase your new quilt! Take the time to explain the love and effort you put into it. Explain the colors and style of the quilt. Rejoice in the accomplishment of hanging the quilt and displaying it in the room.
Hanging a quilt on the wall is an art and should be treated as such. No matter how you choose to hang it, the most important factor when it comes to displaying a quilt is that you should be proud of it and enjoy the beautiful look for many years to come.