What do you hang over a bed? Oddly enough, I don’t have much experience in this department as our bedroom has a window above.
Even our previous home had a window, thus limiting the placement of art to the sides.
Heck, our guest bedroom is surrounded by built-in bookshelves, again not allowing art to be hung over the bed.
All that to say, I’ve had a hard time figuring out what to add above the basement bedroom bed. I started with a print from a very talented fellow Montanan, Annie Bailey. While I love the art, the dimensions weren’t right for this elongated space.
I also don’t like hanging detailed art high up or in a place you can’t stand right in front and soak it all in. Basically, I wanted/needed something long and narrow, simple, but still interesting.
After considering another engineer print, I decided to go a different route with a ‘flag’. Quotes because it isn’t really a flag, but it is a design on fabric. Ideally, the Montana state flag would be beautiful, but it’s a far cry from the well designed California flag. Haha, maybe we can have a do over?
Instead, I opened Photoshop and created a simple, graphic design that I feel is representative of Montana.
With the design ready, I printed it out on sheets of paper and taped them all together in a Frankenstein’s monster way. Then I dug through my fabric remnants and found a piece of natural linen slightly larger than my desired finish size of 18 inches tall by 45 inches wide. Ironing linen is incredibly annoying, so I helped the process along with spray starch. Once my design and fabric were ready, I taped the design to the fabric and traced to transfer.
Using left over paint from the main bathroom vanity, I filled in the design and allowed it to dry overnight. Then I pinned and sewed the two short sides as well as the bottom, leaving the top unfinished.
To hang the fabric, I had a few options to consider. One, a dowel through a pocket at the top. Two, stapled to a thin strip like the engineer print. Three, wrapped around a frame, similar to a canvas. Four, tacked to the wall at the corners. Or five, wrapped over a thin strip at the top, which is what I chose. Because this is fabric, I wanted the piece to have a little movement when the air picks up.
To do this, I rummaged through our scrap pile and found a strip of 1 by 2 pine and cut it one inch shorter than the fabric width. I wrapped the fabric over the front and top of the board, stapling the fabric to the back to secure in place.
A saw tooth hook attached at the center of the wood easily hangs from a nail in the wall.
If seen from the side, a little bit of the wood peeks out.
The thickness of the board holds the fabric off the wall, giving a slight shadow.
Unlike the framed print before, this wider design fills the wide, squatty space.
Still on my to do list is find similar night stands, but for now a petite dresser and a thrifted sewing table work.
It’s simple enough not to compete with the art on the sides, but still noticeable from a distance. Any artful additions to your home recently? Don’t be afraid to think outside the frame and embrace a unique hanging method.