Installing a wall mounted mirror can create a focal point in a room as a decorative piece as well as a functional household item. Doing this kind of job isn’t difficult and doesn’t require a professional’s help. However, at the same time, it does require a bit more than simply screwing in the mirror to the wall. An improperly mounted wall mirror can be dangerous as it can fall on someone sat near or walking past it and also damage the wall it is attached to. Follow our steps below to install a wall mounted mirror safely and easily.
Tools Required for This Job
The following tools will be required for mounting a mirror to a wall: the Mirror (capable of being wall mounted); a Drill; Screws & raw plugs (usually provided if a new mirror has been purchased), or Strong adhesive glue, or Frames/rods; a Pencil; a Tape Measure; a Stud Finder and a Spirit Level.
Where to Place a Wall Mounted Mirror
The level at which the wall mounted mirror should be placed will depend on who is likely to be using it. Obviously the taller the individual, the higher the mirror will need to be. A bathroom mirror, for example, should be placed at level so that the whole face and the neck can be seen. This is because mirrors of this type are primarily used for morning rituals such as shaving and cleansing the face, so it is vital that every part of this area can be easily seen. Full length mirrors can be mounted higher up than face height as they are designed to show the whole body. Vanity mirrors are a different type of mirror that can be mounted at face height or slightly higher. Always consider the purpose of the mirror and what it is intended to show before attempting to mount it on a wall. Heavy mirrors, such as those designed to be over-mantle mirrors or large hallway mirrors, may need to be hung with great care. Some walls are not designed to have heavy items hung from them, so the weight may need to be spread in several places. For period homes, a dado rail can be useful – as clips and wire can be hung from them to the back of the mirror as extra support. If unsure about the weight of the mirror, weigh it (and the person holding it) on a set of scales. This will give a better idea about what support is required on the wall. If unsure, consult with a professional.
Tips on Wall Mounting Mirrors
Not everyone is an experienced DIY expert, but following these instructions should help.
Step by Step Instructions
- Plan where the mirror is to be installed. Use a stud finder to locate the studs in the wall. Make sure there are no pipes in the vicinity that could be damaged (particularly in a bathroom).
- Most products are supplied with wall mounting screws and raw plugs to fit the mirror. If, for whatever reason, the walls where the mirror is to be placed do not suit the supplied screws and inserts, find more suitable ones to use.
- Hold the mirror against the wall where it is to be hung. Use a pencil to mark the corners on the wall (ideally get someone else to hold the mirror or do the marking). Do not make too heavy a mark so the pencil can be easily removed afterward.
- Measure from all the edges of the pencil marks on the wall. Then measure where the fixing brackets sit on the mirror and transfer those measurements to the wall. This will indicate where the drill holes need to be made.
- Drill the holes required using a suitably sized drill bit for the material being drilled into. It is always best to start with a small piece and make the hole larger if needed. Once the holes are made, push the raw plugs into them. Then screw in the mounting screws.
- Once the screws are inserted and are secure, carefully mount the mirror by fitting the screws into the mounting holes on the back of the mirror. Make sure the mirror is straight, level, and secure against the wall.
Alternative Ways to Hang Mirrors
If a simpler or more temporary method would be more fitting, there are numerous other possibilities for mounting mirrors.
There are usually 2 types of clips used for wall hanging. One has a sticky adhesive backing which can be fixed onto the wall. These are useful, but ensure that they are stuck in the correct place as they can be difficult to remove once fixed. The second type needs to be screwed into the wall. Clips are useful as they are usually hidden behind the mirror itself so are not very intrusive. There are usually 4 of them per mirror, one for the top, one for the bottom, and one per side.
Rods or Frames
These can come in many different styles to suit the modern home. They are more visible than clips, but are appropriate for larger mirrors. Some can be fixed to the ceiling, others to a dado rail. Some fix solely to the top of the mirror (for lighter ones), others to all four edges. Rods and frames can also come in a variety of styles to suit any home, from plastic to aluminium or other coloured metal.
Special Tips for Hanging Heavy Wall Mounted Mirrors
Hanging heavy mirrors can be one of the more difficult jobs in the home. There are some fixtures that can be used specifically for mounting heavier items.
These are fixtures that wire is threaded through and attached to the mirror. They are strong and not very intrusive, and can usually be bought from hardware suppliers.
This type of fixture is a horizontal design that fits into the wall in the form of a wing, thread, or sleeve anchor that easily works with the existing wall and secures into and against the wall.
Using a thicker and stronger grade of wire gives a heavy hanging item an extra piece of strength should the installation fail.
Mating Wood Strips
For the DIY-expert, a suitable solution is to create interlocking pieces of wood that dovetail into each other. One is installed level with the floor on the wall, and the other is secured against the back of the mirror.
If possible, one way of giving a heavy mirror some extra support is by stabilising it using a dresser or another piece of furniture. It is even seen with smaller mirrors such as dressing table mirrors. Even if the mirror and piece of furniture are not part of the same set, they can still be fixed together by using wooden runners to screw the two pieces together. The mirror can also still be fixed to the wall at the same time.
For mirrors that do not come with a frame, it is possible to make one to fit around it. Wooden pieces can be fixed around or behind the mirror to act as support on all edges.
Where to Find Wall Mounted Mirrors and Fixings on eBay
In order to find wall mounted mirrors on eBay, first head to the homepage. Using the links on the left hand side, first select Home & Garden, and then click on Home & Garden again from the drop down options. This will then open the Home & Garden section of eBay. From here, go back to the links on the left hand side again, and click on Furniture & Living and then Home Decor. This will list all the options in the Home Decor category. The category of mirrors is halfway down the page. In the mirrors category, select the type wall mounted, which will then show all the listings in that category. Alternatively, use the eBay search on the homepage to search for listings specific to the type of mirror desired.
Installing a wall mounted mirror can be relatively easy if the right amount of care is taken and the correct tools and mounts are used. New products usually come with a fixing kit but bear in mind this may not always be appropriate for every installation instance. Find the right place in which to mount the mirror, take lots of measurements when preparing to install it, use the correct type of mount (as seen here, there can be many), and mounting a mirror properly can be done simply by a homeowner without any need for a professional.