January 30, 2013

How to Hang a Quilt - Update

About a year ago, I posted How to Hang a Quilt. Since then, I have discovered a couple of new tricks that make that method even better. Back then, I recommended Command brand hooks that look like this:


What I found over time was that they just aren't strong enough to hold wall hangings of a certain size - about 30" x 30" or larger (more or less). They only hold .5 lbs each. The quilt I showed in the original post weighs 1.5 lbs and along with the baseboard I used for hanging it was just under 2 lbs. It held fine for about 2 weeks, then the hooks kept falling off the wall along with the quilt!

I was really bummed because I thought I was really on to something with this! So this past Christmas I was in the stocking hanging isle at the store and I saw these:

I think I sang a round of Halleluiah right there in the store! Not only do they hold 2 lbs each, they are clear! I tried them at home and not only do they hold well, they also hold the baseboard in flush with the wall. With the other hooks I had to bend them to get them to cooperate. These are turn-key ready, no adjusting required. (There are small ones that only hold 1 lb. each, make sure you get the medium size that holds 2 lbs.)

To hang a quilt, follow the same instructions from the previous post, but use the different hooks and a piece of baseboard no shorter than 1" tall (I prefer 1 1/4" tall) - any shorter and the hooks will show.

Attach the hooks to the wall and hang the quilt. It really is that simple!

Here's how it looks from the front - perfect!
I use a 1 1/4" baseboard (found at lumber stores) rather than a dowel rod for three reasons: 1) it doesn't sag in middle, 2) it hides the hooks better and 3) baseboard comes in long lengths. I've never found dowel rods longer than 36", which is too short for many of my quilts.

This quilt is hung with a dowel rod. You can see how the hooks show and there is a slight bump where the hook protrudes a bit. I will probably eventually swap it out with baseboard, but for now, it's okay. The quilt is in a dark corner of my living room and from my easy chair, I can't see the hooks! 
To weigh your quilt, first weigh yourself and note the weight. Then weigh yourself again holding the quilt and the baseboard you'll use to hang it with. Subtract the two to get the weight. If it's more than 4 lbs, you might want to look into another way to hang your quilt or try using 3-4 hooks.

If you try this let me know how it goes for you! I'd love to hear if you think of improvements to this method!

9 comments:

  1. Command has picture clips that I have used that just slide on the binding of the quilt so no other hanging apparatus is used. Really nice for quilts I hang seasonally... I give this to anyone for whom I make wall quilts makes it easy for them to hang.

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  2. what a great idea! so simple and you can hang a quilt all by yourself too-

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  3. Is the strip that attaches it to the wall clear also?

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  4. Do the hooks come off the wall easily or pull a piece of the wall with them?

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    1. I use these hooks all the time for artwork, so that I can rearrange items if I choose. You must follow the directions and pull the Command adhesive strip (NOT the hook) straight down against the wall until the adhesive releases. Also, to get good adhesion to the wall, you should clean the area where the hooks will attach with isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol). For ease, I use the alcohol wipes that one finds in a first aid kit, or are used to clean skin before injections. You don't need to rub too hard on the wall or other area. If the wall is painted with latex paint, there will be a little paint that comes off onto the alcohol wipe.

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  5. This is awesome! I've been looking at something similar to hang a quilt but it costs $77.00! I've got to try this!

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