How to Hang a Mirror

Learn how to hang a mirror with our helpful tips to hang any mirror or picture safely and in the perfect spot. Read on for step by step instructions for hanging mirrors with a variety of mountings, from hooks to cross brackets.

Skill
Beginner
Time
Few Hours
Cost
Less Than $500

What You Need for This Project

Preparation


You'll need to check a few things before you buy the hardware.

  1. 1

    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.

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  1. 2

    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.

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  1. 3

    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.

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Hanging the Mirror

Hang a Mirror Using Hooks

  1. 1

    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.

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  1. 2

    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.

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  1. 3

    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.

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  1. 4

    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.

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  1. 5

    Mark the Same Measurement on the Wall

    Transfer this distance to the wall, measuring down from the line you marked in Step 1.

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  1. 6

    Mark Where the Hook Mounting Holes Will Be

    Centre your level on the wall and mark the location for the hook mounting holes.

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  1. 7

    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.

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  1. 8

    Protect Your Wall From Scratches

    Add bumpers to the bottom of the mirror to prevent scratching the wall.

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  1. 9

    Put Your Mirror Up

    Gently hang the mirror on the hooks.

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Hang a Mirror Using Cleats


  1. 1

    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.

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  1. 2

    Put the Bottom Cleat on the Wall

    On the wall, level the bottom cleat, and secure it with screws.


    Use wall anchors if the bottom cleat isn't lined up over wall studs.

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  1. 3

    Hang the Mirror on the Cleat

    Set the mirror in place.

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Hang a Mirror Using Cross Brackets

  1. 1

    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.

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  1. 2

    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.

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  1. 3

    Make Marks for the Screws

    Use a level and the measurement between the two brackets to mark where the screws will go.

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  1. 4

    Create Holes

    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.

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  1. 5

    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.

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  1. 6

    Hang Your Mirror

    With the screws in place, it's time to hang the mirror.

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Hang a Mirror With a Single Bracket

  1. 1

    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.

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  1. 2

    Measure Where You'll Put the Screws

    Mark where the screws will go by using your measurements, a level, and a pencil.

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  1. 3

    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.

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  1. 4

    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.

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How To Terms

Tools, products, materials, techniques, building codes, and local regulations change; therefore, Lowe's assumes no liability for omissions, errors, or the outcome of any project. The reader must always exercise reasonable caution, follow current codes and regulations that may apply, and is urged to consult with a licensed professional if in doubt about any procedures.



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