How to Hang a Mirror
Hanging a mirror doesn’t present any particular difficulties, apart from the fragility and weight of the object. Make it an easy job with these tips.
- – Most large mirrors have fixing brackets as an integral part of the frame. Drill and screw – rather than nail – the fixings and match the size of the screws to take the weight of the mirror.
- – You can forget about all the double-sided adhesive attachment options unless you’re fixing a very small, lightweight mirror. Mirrors are generally very quick to put up, but if they don’t hold firm you’ll have a catastrophe on your hands!
- – Use traditional mirror clamps. They come in different sizes to suit the thickness of the mirror. For a decorative mirror, four should be sufficient: two on the bottom and two on the sides – these should be placed closer to the top. However, if you’re installing a full-length mirror, don’t skimp – double the number: two on the bottom, two on each side and two on the top. These clamps are made up of a support that has to be attached to the wall by a screw and a cover that springs back on top.
- – Be careful not to force too much when you screw on clamp covers, because the pressure on the mirror could result in a crack. A clever trick is to insert a thin piece of card behind each screw as a tightening gauge.