As both a blogger and an avid Pinterest user myself, I like to keep up with what’s trending on Pinterest. Not every Pinterest trend ends up appealing to my personal tastes, but recently, there was one that immediately caught my eye! The trend was “statement rugs,” but was I found really compelling was a photo of a statement rug hung on a wall as a piece of decor!
The “rug as wall art” trend reminds me a bit of those medieval tapestries that adorned the walls of European castles. And much like medieval tapestries, you can use a rug to add visual interest and texture to any blank stretch of wall.
I found this cute rug on Amazon that I thought would be perfect for this project. At 2’ x 3’, it’s not a particularly large rug, but I love how it turned out. (You can always use a bigger rug if you prefer!) For my hardware, I chose these brass upholstery nails, which ended up matching the rug perfectly!
I love how this project turned out, and I’m so excited to share it with you! Here’s how you can do it at home. :-)
How To Hang A Rug On Your Wall
- Upholstery nails
- Velcro hanging strips (optional)
Step #1 – Choose A Location
Start by deciding where you’re going to hang your rug. You want to shoot for eye level, but make sure to keep your furniture in mind as well. Once you’ve chosen the perfect spot, use a pencil to mark where the top corners of the rug will go.
Step #2 – Plan Your Nails
The next step is to decide how many nails you’ll need to use to hang your rug. I ended up using 6 nails along the top edge of the rug, partly to make sure it stayed in place and party because I liked the way the nails looked! I would recommend using at least 3 or 4 along the top edge, depending on the size of your rug.
You can mark your nail spots on the wall using your pencil, or press the nails into the rug so they’re ready to hammer in.
Step #3 – Hammer
It’s hammer time! Nail one corner of the rug to the wall, and use a level to make sure the top edge of the rug is level before nailing in the other corner. Then hammer in any additional nails until the rug is secured to the wall.
Step #4 – Secure The Bottom Corners (Optional)
Finally, you may want to secure the bottom corners of the rug to the wall (especially if the bottom corners are curling). You can use adhesive velcro strips like these, or add a few additional upholstery nails along the bottom of the rug. Then stand back and admire your handiwork! :-)
4 More Ways To Hang A Rug
1. PVC Pipe
Best for: A heavy rug you don’t want to alter
Learn how to hang a rug using PVC pipe at ApartmentTherapy.com.
Best for: A light rug you’re okay with altering
Learn how to hang a rug using velcro at TheSpruce.com.
3. Curtain Rod
Best for: A heavy rug you’re okay with altering
Learn how to hang a rug using a curtain rod at TheSpruce.com.
4. Quilt Hanger
Best for: Any rug you don’t want to alter
You can find some really beautiful wooden quilt hangers at Art In A Pinch! This is a more expensive option than some of the others, but it’s likely worth the extra money if you want to protect an expensive rug.
5 Places To Look For Cute Rugs
If you’re looking for a rug to use for this project, here are a few places you might want to check out. They all offer cute rugs for reasonable prices (especially if you can snag one on sale!)
Would you consider hanging a rug as a decor item in your home?