You'll need to check a few things before you buy the hardware.
Figure Out Your Wall Material
Determine what type of wall you have: drywall, plaster, or masonry. To see if you have drywall or plaster, push a tack into the wall. If it goes in easily, it's drywall.
New Mirror or Old Mirror?
A hanging mirror has to have a strong frame. If your new mirror already has hardware attached, it's safe to hang. If you're not sure about an old mirror, you can reinforce the frame with angle brackets.
Weigh the Mirror
A bathroom scale works fine. Hardware weight limits are listed on the hardware packaging.
Pick a spot to hang the mirror. Locating it over a stud is helpful, but not necessary with the right anchors. Always mark the center of the stud, and keep in mind utilities might be attached to it if the stud is near a light switch, outlet, or faucet.
Hanging the Mirror
Hang a Mirror Using Hooks
Mark Where the Mirror Will Go
Hold the mirror in place — close to eye level. Mark the wall near the center of the top edge with a pencil or painter's tape.
Note: Enlist a helper if the mirror is heavy.
Find the D-Rings on the Back
On the back of the mirror you'll probably see D-rings or a wire. You can hang rings or wire from two hooks on the wall.
Mark the Right Spacing
To get the right space between the hooks, stick a long piece of tape on a level and mark the space between the D-rings.
Mark Where the Hook Will Go on the Mirror
Set the level aside. Lock one of the mounting hooks on the ring as it will be positioned on the wall. Measure from the mounting hole in the hook to the top of the mirror.
Mark the Same Measurement on the Wall
Transfer this distance to the wall, measuring down from the line you marked in Step 1.
Mark Where the Hook Mounting Holes Will Be
Centre your level on the wall and mark the location for the hook mounting holes.
Attach the Hardware
If you're in line with a stud, secure the hardware to it. If not, install a wall anchor and attach the hardware.
Tip: All-in-one screw and anchor products are available.
Protect Your Wall From Scratches
Add bumpers to the bottom of the mirror to prevent scratching the wall.
Put Your Mirror Up
Gently hang the mirror on the hooks.
Hang a Mirror Using Cleats
Secure the Cleats to the Frame
You can also use metal cleats to hang mirrors with sturdy frames; just follow the package directions. Usually, you position the top cleat at the top of the frame, make shallow holes, and attach it with the included screws.
Tip: Use an awl to make starter holes for the screws.
Hang the Mirror on the Cleat
Set the mirror in place.
Hang a Mirror Using Cross Brackets
Hanging Vertically or Horizontally
If the back of your mirror has three cross brackets, it can be hanged vertically or horizontally. You'll only need to use two of the three brackets.
Measure the Distance Between the Brackets
Measure the distance between the holes in the brackets you plan to use. Be sure to also measure the distance between the bracket and the top of the mirror — this ensures the mirror hangs evenly.
Tip: Be sure to clear the area where you're installing the mirror. The fewer the obstacles, the better.
Make Marks for the Screws
Use a level and the measurement between the two brackets to mark where the screws will go.
Use a screw, if provided, and a hammer to lightly puncture the wall. After the wall is punctured, use a screwdriver to drive the screw into the wall. Pull the screw out to make wider holes.
Place Anchors in the Holes
Use a hammer to carefully and slowly insert the anchor into the holes. Use a screwdriver to place the screw into the anchor, leaving about a quarter of an inch sticking out.
Hang Your Mirror
With the screws in place, it's time to hang the mirror.
Hang a Mirror With a Single Bracket
Measure Between the Outside Holes
If you want to hang a mirror with a single bracket, you'll only need to focus on the outside holes in the bracket. Measure the distance between the center of the two outside holes.
Tip: You may want to clear your work area in order to have plenty of room to work in.
Measure Where You'll Put the Screws
Mark where the screws will go by using your measurements, a level, and a pencil.
Place Anchors in the Wall
Insert the screw into the wall and gently remove it. This will create a wide enough hole for the anchor to fit in. Insert the anchors. If you need help, carefully and slowly use a hammer to put the anchor in place. You're now ready to place the screw or hook.
Hang Your Mirror
With the screws in place, it's time to hang the mirror. You might need a helper depending on the size and weight of the mirror.
How To Terms
- Figure Out Your Wall Material
- New Mirror or Old Mirror?
- Weigh the Mirror
- Mark Where the Mirror Will Go
- Find the D-Rings on the Back
- Mark the Right Spacing
- Mark Where the Hook Will Go on the Mirror
- Mark the Same Measurement on the Wall
- Mark Where the Hook Mounting Holes Will Be
- Attach the Hardware
- Protect Your Wall From Scratches
- Put Your Mirror Up
- Secure the Cleats to the Frame
- Put the Bottom Cleat on the Wall
- Hang the Mirror on the Cleat
- Hanging Vertically or Horizontally
- Measure the Distance Between the Brackets
- Make Marks for the Screws
- Create Holes
- Place Anchors in the Holes
- Hang Your Mirror
- Measure Between the Outside Holes
- Measure Where You'll Put the Screws
- Place Anchors in the Wall
- Hang Your Mirror
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