Hanging Rolled Textiles On Underutilized Spaces
This hanging system uniquely utilizes space that would generally be ignored or deemed unusable, while using easily accessible material and known hanging techniques. It can be custom designed and constructed to fit on architectural features such as slanted walls to provide easy and safe access, and to maximize the use of available space.
Illustration & Photo Credits: Canadian Conservation Institute
While conducting a storage reorganization project, it was decided that textile collections that had been dispersed throughout several rooms would be relocated and stored in the same space. Since space was limited, utilizing a slanted wall within the storage room was the most suitable option. As a result, objects were first rolled in acid-free tissue paper with a central dowel and eye-hooks on each side, and then attached to a slanted wall using an S-hook and chain system.
Materials, Tools & Supplies
- Acid-free tissue paper
- Table saw
- Ruler / measuring tape
- Misc. (screws, nails, etc.)
- Attach an eye-hook to both ends of a dowel.
- On a flat surface, lay a piece of acid-free tissue paper below the textile object.
- Place the dowel on one end of the textile object and evenly roll to the opposite end. [Fig. 3]
- Repeat steps 1 through 3 as required.
- Secure two strips of plywood to the slanted wall using screws and ensure they are evenly spaced apart. Use anchors, if necessary.
- Attach a chain at the same level on both strips of plywood using nuts and screws.
- Attach an S-hook to the bottom of the chain.
- Slip the eye-hooks (of the rolled textile) onto the S-hooks.
- Repeat steps 6 through 8 as required.
For identifying the placement of chains and S-hooks, you may roughly place the rolled object near the previously hung one to get a general sense of where to situate the next.
“RE-ORG.” 2011. ICCROM and UNESCO.
“Rolled Storage for Textiles.” 2008. Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Notes 13/3.