Tips for Hanging and Displaying Wall Quilts

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Quilters gotta quilt. And if that’s true for you, then there’s probably quite a nice backlog of these lovely fabric treasures taking up beds, cupboards, and chests all around your home.

But what do you do when space runs low? If you’re like many enthusiastic fans of the textile arts, this is your cue to go vertical.

Hanging and Displaying Wall Quilts

Quilts make exquisite wall hangings, after all. They’re colorful and inspiring, and they help muffle acoustics to prevent noise from carrying from room to room. Mostly though, people hang quilts because they love the look and feel that these personalized pieces of art bring to a room.

If you want to add instant warmth and comfort to any space, hang a quilt. Just take care to do it safely. Draping the delicate fabrics of a quilt over a nail or using damaging curtain hooks can tear or deform your masterpiece. While nearly anything goes when it comes to where your quilt should be displayed, the same doesn’t hold true for how.

Follow these safety tips for properly displaying your textile art on a wall to prevent damage from occurring over time.


  • How to Hang a Quit on a Wall
  • Use Ruching for Tab-Top Quilts
  • Hand-Crafted Frames Work for Smaller Pieces

  • How to Hang a Quit on a Wall

    Large Quilts Need Balanced Support

    Quilts, even those that use lightweight batting, are heavy – too heavy to hang from just the corners. If you try to display a quilt in this way, you’ll end up with stretched fibers and a damaged textile. When preparing your quilt for hanging, make sure the entire weight is evenly distributed the whole way across.


    An easy way to do this is to simply stitch a tube-shaped sleeve across the entire back of the quilt and then run a dowel through it. Slip the dowel over cleats attached to the wall, and you have a safe, nearly invisible wall hanger that makes your textile the star of the show.

    Corner Sleeves Work for Small Quilts

    Lap quilts, doll quilts, and smaller wall hangings are easily displayed by stitching corner pockets into the back side at the top. Add these small, triangular pieces on top of the backing and beneath the binding of your creation for a finished look.


    Corner pockets allow you to thread a small dowel, yardstick, or ruler through the back to act as a hanger. It’s an easy project that takes only minutes to accomplish.

    Use Ruching for Tab-Top Quilts

    Some fabric artists like to display their work by stitching sturdy tabs along the top of the quilt at even intervals to evenly distribute the weight as it hangs from a horizontal rod. If you choose this method of display, you may want to add an attractive layer of ruching to the rod before threading it through the tabs.

    Hand-Crafted Frames Work for Smaller Pieces

    Of course, when in doubt, you can always craft your own innovative frame for holding small quilts and wall hangings. This idea pictured below utilizes copper wire bent into pleasing shapes to house a grouping of small quilts that acts as wall art. But you can use nearly any material you have on hand to craft a frame, including wood, PVC, or industrial steel pipe. You can find all of these options at your local hardware store for a surprisingly small amount of money.

    Final Thoughts

    How you hang and display your quilt is every bit as important as how you design and stitch it. Heirlooms like these require special care to keep them from damage, and learning how to properly display them is vital.

    What’s your best method for hanging and displaying quilts? Let us know in the comments.

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    15 Responses to “Tips for Hanging and Displaying Wall Quilts”

    1. Dan

      I have 3 quilts (queen size) I would like to hang. I don't know if I'm thinking wrong, but. My idea is in a picture frame behind glass. I want to make sure that last until I pass them on. Is that safe?

    2. Roberta

      Ups to what size can these corner holders be used. Is a 36 x 36 inch wall hanging too large?

    3. Sandy Hicks

      I love seeing quilts displayed hanging on the wall but please be mindful of the amount of sun/bright light they will receive. The fabrics will fade over time if exposed to bright light so try to pick a spot where you can control the light source. I made a black/white/red quilt that I hung in my office that had two large windows. After five years it was grey/white/pink! :-)

    4. Kathryn

      Is there a way to hang quilts on slanted walls, as in a room under the roofline? Thanks!

    5. Doreen

      I have a very large cotton quilt (88” x 106” ) that I hung with a 96” wood quilt clamp. How do I prevent the lower half sides from curling?

    6. Marsha Tanner

      Hello I have a 5X5 hanging quilt that is very old. Its been framed but I need to protect the material. Can you tell me what I can do?

    7. jabatrom

      I was asked to help make a T-shirt quilt in memory of my friend. I'm guessing approx 30 T-shirts, 8" squares (not exact). They want to hang it at a school when finished. Would thin cotton batting be ok? Would stitching in the ditch around the squares be enough quilting for a hanged quilt. (I didn't think a tied quilt would be.) Lastly, I'm thinking a tube across the back top for hanging. Any advice is appreciated

    8. Carol grace

      Where (??) do I find the small wall display hangers for mini (about 18" or so) quilts. I don't know where to look on line. PLEASE HELP. Thanks.

    9. Mary Clark

      Our church has a large quilt displayed in the foyer of our church as a wall hanging. The individual squares were both sewn and drawn by individual family members of our congregation when we relocated to our current location some 30 years ago. We are now wanting to move that quilt to another location within the church, and try to preserve it by enclosing it in a glass frame case. It cannot be cleaned, and has not been hanging under glass. I am assuming such a case would have to be custom-made, or do you know any resources for such a case or ideas of how it could be hung to be preserved? Thank you, Mary Clark

    10. Tanya Hamilton

      I have a beautiful quilt made of cotton which displays beautiful birdlife. I would love to preserve it and hang it on my wall. I'm wondering if there is anything else to protect it, other than framing it?