A beautiful handmade quilt is too good to sit on a shelf where no one gets the chance to fully appreciate it. Even if you have a couple of quilts in regular rotation, why not make the most of both of them at all times. One of the best ways to do this is to get one of the best quilt hangers. A top quilt hanger will show off your handiwork or prized heirloom to its best. But you need to be sure you get the right style for the job. Below are 7 of the best hangers for quilts and some important tips for choosing the right one.
Classy Clamps Wooden Quilt Wall Hangers
MyColdCup goKelvin Hanging Rail
Ackfeld French Curls Gray Fabric Holder
Why Get a Top Quilt Hanger Rather Than a Quilt Rack?
Quilt racks are great tools for storing quilts and beddings. I have a guide on the best quilt racks with some great rails and ladders that support multiple items. The only problem here is that they are primarily for storage and don’t display the quilts to show off their designs. A quilt hanger lets you show off a single item by suspending it from a wall. Many of the best allow for a completely flat presentation of the entire piece of fabric. You then have the option of creating temporary displays when changing over bedding or turning a quilt into a piece of wall art.
How Do Quilt Hangers Work?
There are different styles of quilt hangers with their own methods. You can see examples of them below and get a better idea of which is best for your needs. You could fix some clamps to a wall and use those to clamp the corners of a quilt in place. You could get a device with a couple of clips, or one big long clip, to hold the quilt from one edge. Or, you could hang the quilt over a rail instead.
How Do You Install a Quilt Hanger?
The installation process of the best quilt hangers is what causes the biggest problems. You will find customer testimonials where buyers loved the design and practical features but hated setting it up. You will need to find a way to fasten most products to the wall. Ideally, you will get the necessary hardware with the item. The alternative is to get an over-the-door hanger if you can’t make holes in your walls.
7 Of the Best Quilt Hangers
The Best Quilt Clamps
The first option is to try a quilt clamp for a more permanent installation. The corner clamps can look good because they hold the fabric taut and don’t attract much attention. But they can be fiddly to install. You also need to be sure that there is enough pressure and friction to hold the material without it slipping or getting damaged. The same is true for the longer clamps that hold the material for one end. There is less risk of damage with these, but you don’t get that same flat finish.
1) Classy Clamps Wooden Quilt Wall Hangers
I really like the look and approach of these Classy Clamps products because they are such a good idea for creating a more permanent display for your quilt. You get four wooden clamps to screw into the wall, then you attach the quilt at the four corners, and apply the right pressure to hold the material in place. These clamps are great for fabric 0.5 inches thick and have the added benefit of the stylish wooden knob hiding the screw.
1) A choice of a dark, light, or black finish
2) Made from real wood
1) Not the best grip on thin or smooth material
2) RRD Quilt Hanger for Wall for Display
This next clamp is the first of two Amish-made wooden quilt hangers in this guide. This is a more user-friendly style than the four corner clamps, with one single bar to install. You set up the mount and then use the pinch bolts to keep the material in place along the top edge. Although quite expensive, it is a quality item that looks great.
1) Made from real oak with various finishes available
2) The bars come in sizes from 30 to 96 inches long
1) Expensive and there is arguably a better Amish solution below
The Best Quilt Hanging Clips
An alternative to the fiddly clamps is to go for a clip. There are lots of products around that use two simple bulldog-style clips to hold the top corners of the fabric. These sit on a decorative bar that you can suspend from a single nail or hook. These are great because you get a lot of the same benefits as the clamp but with less hassle setting the product up. It is also a good idea to check company listings for alternative designs and lengths to suit the theme and size of the quilt.
1) MyColdCup goKelvin 72 Inch Hanging Rails for Maps, Signs, and Tapestry
This first option is one that I know a lot of people won’t like because it has quite a cold and industrial feel with the giant metal clip. However, the practical application is great and could work well in many situations. The first benefit here is the secure clasp along the top for a flat surface. The second is the length. At 72 inches, this is significantly longer than other options for larger pieces.
1) A strong snap closure for security
2) Easy to set up
1) Better on thinner materials and more for maps than material, but could work depending on the situation
2) Ackfeld Manufacturing 12in Heart Clip Holder Hanger
Ackfeld is a name that you will see a lot when search for the best quilt hangers online. Not only do they have different styles of hangers but there are various designs within those styles. The wire bar with the heart-shaped hook is a classic and will work well in different rooms. It should also be easy to figure out somewhere from which to hang it up. The downside is the distance between the two secure clips as this is better suited to smaller blankets and pieces of sewing.
1) A secure grip on the two metal clips
2) A cute and simple design with mass appeal
1) Better for smaller pieces unless folding the quilt
The Best Quilt Hanger Rails
Finally, we have a series of rails. This is a good idea if you are worried about clips and clamps damaging your quilts with repeated use. All you need to do is drape the material over the bar instead. The downside is you won’t see the whole thing, so this works best with large pieces where you aren’t going to obscure important aspects of the design. But you can find some attractive pieces similar to the clips above. There is also the option of getting a more substantial wooden rail with a shelf over the top. These are great for additional storage.
1) Ackfeld 12in French Curls Gray Fabric Holder
For the first of the rails, we return to Ackfeld. Again, there are lots of different options out there in terms of design to suit your decor. I liked these French curls because I feel it would be easy to set up and would work really well in almost any room. This is pretty much the same as the one above but with the rail rather than clips. It is12 inches in length and the same level of quality. So, you just need to decide if you prefer the idea of using a rail or a clip.
1) Another great range of designs to choose from
2) Easy to use and set up anywhere
1) The same limitations with the short rail
2) RRD Mounted Quilt Rack with Shelf
This is the second of the two Amish-made quilt hangers in this guide and my favorite of the two. What I like most about this one is that you get two practical features in one well-made product. There is the rail itself and then the 7inch shelf over the top. It is a beautiful item that could be a great choice for guest bedrooms.
1) Various combinations of woods and stains to choose from
2) The rail comes in sizes from 30 inches up to 72
1) The most costly but there is value as a 2-in-1 solution
3) Things Made Easy Bedding Over-Door Hanger
Finally, I want to mention this alternative solution for anyone that can’t make holes in their walls. This hanger offers mounts for a door and then a bar with hooks. This is so you can easily lower the quilt and rehang it.
1) Good clearance from the door for a nice drape
2) Great for renters
1) Not as attractive as other solutions
Which Is the Best Quilt Hanger for Your Room?
So, as you can see, there are a few different options when it comes to finding the best quilt hanger for your bedroom. The clamps are great for permanent displays but not so much for rotations. If you prefer the idea of switching things up with your bedding and decor you are better off with the clips or rails. Rails are certainly easier and, with enough of a budget, you can get some nice extra features. Take you time to find the style, size, and design to display your quilt properly.
I’m a stay at home mom with our two kids. I really enjoy doing crafts with my kids however, that is typically a challenge with how limited their attention span can be and how messy it gets. So, I’m always looking for ways to make crafting an enjoyable experience and creating fond memory for all of us.