How to Hang a Mirror on a Wall

Mirrors are like people; they come in all shapes and sizes. From wall and door mirrors to vanity mirrors, many options are available, and choosing which one is right for you depends on what you intend to use it for. Hanging a full-size mirror is a good idea for a bedroom or bathroom, while a smaller wall mirror is great to hang by the front door so that you can check your appearance before leaving the house. A high-quality mirror can be quite heavy, so it's important to take steps to ensure it is hung securely. With a few simple tools, you can hang a mirror in your home. Before you begin, make sure you have a drill and driver bits. Wall anchors and a level also come in handy when hanging decorative wall mirrors.

Inspect the Wall

Hanging a mirror is the same as hanging a picture frame. Inspect the wall where you plan to hang your vintage wall mirror. Use a thumbtack to determine if you have drywall or masonry. Push the tack into the wall. If it goes in easily, you have drywall. If the tack shows resistance, it is plaster with brick underneath. Drywall makes for easy hanging. Plaster and masonry require stronger nails.

Attach the Support Hardware

Hanging heavy decorative wall mirrors requires extra support. Purchase four angle plate corner braces, and attach one to each corner with screws. Place the mirror on a bathroom scale to determine its approximate weight, and purchase wall mounts based on that weight. Use a stud finder to locate a stud behind the plaster or drywall. Make a mark with a pencil at the desired height. Lighter mirrors do not need to be nailed directly to the stud.

Attach the Hanging Hardware

Hold the mirror up to the desired height, using your stud marker as a guide to help center it. Make a mark on the wall at the top of the mirror. Have someone else hold the mirror for you if it is to heavy to hold with one hand. Inspect the back of the mirror, and determine what type of hardware is attached, if any. Purchase hanging hardware if none exists. You can join a D-ring with wire and hang it on a single nail, or two nails for heavier mirrors. You can also place the D-ring directly onto nails driven into the wall. Attach hardware to both the wall and the mirror if necessary.

Measure and Calculate Position

Calculate the position of the corresponding wall hardware based on the hanging height of the vintage wall mirror. Use a level to find and mark a perfectly level position on the wall, and use this as a guide. Hang the mirror on the hardware. Make sure it is secure before letting go, and then check it to make sure it sits level.

Add Bumpers and Hang

aaa-replica Remove the mirror, and place it face down on a table. Place a blanket down first to protect the glass from getting scratched. Attach a few picture frame bumpers to the corners of the mirror. Place the mirror back on the hardware, and level it again. Clean the mirror with glass cleaner.

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