How to Hang Fabric on Walls Without Nails

Hung fabric pulled back with a clothes pin on a polka dot wall
Hung fabric pulled back with a clothes pin on a polka dot wall

Why hang fabric?

One good reason is that it is cheaper and easier than painting or applying wallpaper. Another good reason is that the fabric looks good and adds a nice sound-absorbing factor to your walls.

Plus, you just may be one of those people who likes to do non-traditional decorative and creative activities. Hanging fabrics fit that personality style to a ‘T’. To learn how to hang fabric without nails, just keep reading. You may like these options so much you will want to try them yourself.

How to Hang Fabric on Walls Without Nails

Pile of small nails on a white background.

Nails create holes and if you are renting, fixing those nail holes can be a pain on move-out day. The good news is that you have at least 3 options that allow you to hang your fabrics without creating more nail holes.

1. Velcro Strips

This is a very good option as Velcro strips remain invisible, do not cause lumps or a bulky look. If you apply the Velcro right your fabric should hang on your wall until you are ready to move again.

The good thing about using Velcro is that you can easily take the fabric down and wash it. That is a bonus when you want your fabrics looking good all the time. Here are the steps to follow when using this method:

Step 1 – Decide on the type, design, and color of the fabric. Then choose the side you want to attach the Velcro strips.

Step 2 – Make sure that there are no wrinkles or creases in the material, then select as many strips as possible that will hold your fabric in place without falling down.

Step 3 – Place the first strip right at the edge of the top of the fabric and then continue down the top spacing the strips roughly 4 inches apart. Make sure both edges have Velcro attached right to the ends to avoid sloppy foldovers.

Step 4 – Stick the Velcro to the wall making sure to go from one end to the other so you avoid bad wrinkles, etc.

2. Clothespins

Fingers pinching a clothespin open

These are handy little laundry tools that are strong and can hold a fair amount of weight. There is a little more work involved when using this method. The first step is to take measurements.

Step 1 – Measure where you want to place your clothespins. You want to make sure they are far enough apart to hold the fabric taut. Also, you may need more than 2 to do the job right. Sometimes 5 or 6 will be needed to handle the holding task.

Step 2 – Once you have your measurements done, place Velcro strips on the back of the clothespins. If the strips are too big, cut them to size.

Step 3 – Place the clothespins on the marks you made on the wall. The clothespins should hang vertically. You can use decorative colors for the pins if they match your fabric’s design and the room’s decor.

Step 4 – Attach the fabric like you were hanging wet laundry. Again, go from one side to the other to make sure creases do not appear. And you are done

Tip: If you do not want the clothespins to be seen, move them up a little higher on the wall to hide them from view

3. Curtain Rod

Hands hanging a curtain on a ring lined curtain rod

If you want to have your guests guessing what is behind the fabric, this is a good option. The curtain rod will make it look like there is a window in the wall when there isn’t. Just don’t let your guests move the fabric to find out for sure.

Step 1 – Measure the width of your curtain rod and if it is adjustable, move it to the width you want to have it. Then make matching marks on your wall

Step 2 – place two matching hooks on each mark. These hooks should have a suction cup or adhesive backing (whichever holds the hooks and the wight in place).

Step 3 – Now, thread the fabric onto the curtain rod, just like you would if you were hanging regular curtains or a shower curtain.

Step 4 – Place the curtain rod onto the 2 hooks and let the fabric hang down. Make sure you hang those hooks high enough, so the fabric does not gather on the floor. You can always add one or two more hooks if you think 2 will not be strong enough.

Some Final Words

Nails may be the simplest answer to hanging fabrics, but they are also the most destructive. These nail less options will help you be more creative in your home. Not everything has to be hung on a wall using nails.

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