Need to hang a heavy mirror or picture? Use these helpful tips to hang it safely in the
You’ll need to check a few things before you buy the hardware. First, know 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.
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.
Next, weigh the mirror--a bathroom scale works fine. Hardware weight limits are listed on
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.
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.
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. To get the right space between, stick a long
piece of tape on a level, and mark the space between the D-rings. Set the level aside and
grab one of the mounting hooks. Lock it on the ring, measure from the hole to the top
of the mirror, and transfer this distance to the wall using the line as a guide. Now
center up your level on the wall and mark the holes.
If you’re in line with a stud, secure the hardware to it. If not, install a wall anchor
and attach the hardware. Now add bumpers to the bottom of the mirror to prevent scratching
the wall, and gently hang it on the hooks.
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 with screws.
On the wall, level the bottom cleat, and secure with screws.
Then set the mirror in place.
Now your blank walls can have a bit more personality.
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