Posted on 8th Nov 2011 @ 4:32 PM
Adding wall mirrors to your decor will provide an updated, attractive look to any empty wall. They can even brighten rooms and make small rooms appear larger. Wall mirrors come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, so it is important to carefully consider the area where you plan to hang them before making your purchase.
1. Measure the wall space where you plan to hang a wall mirror using a ruler or tape measure.
2. Compare measurements of your wall mirror to make sure it will fit on the wall properly where you plan to hang it.
3. Put a small mark on the wall with a pencil to indicate where you want the top of your wall mirror to be.
4. Use the hanging wire on the back of the mirror to mark the spot on the wall where you want the mirror to hang.
5. Select the best spot on the wall for your nail, screws or hook to hang your mirror.
6. Check the alignment of your wall mirror one more time prior to pounding in a nail or drilling screw holes.
7. Put your hardware, including hooks, nails, brackets or screws, in the proper location for your wall mirror.
How to Choose Hanging Hardware
Hooks come in a variety of sizes, which can be found to hold various sizes of mirrors. Nails work best on light-weight mirrors.
Screws will hold heavier mirrors.
Brackets work when your wall mirror has no hanging wire, but can also be added for extra support.
8. Hang your wall mirror by its hanging wire or attach it to the brackets in its new location.
9. Step back and check the alignment of your wall mirror to make sure it looks right.
10. Clean any fingerprints or smudges off your wall mirror with glass cleaner and paper towels.
Because all wall mirrors are different, judge your mirror by its size, weight and thought the basics will be similar, hardware and placement will vary.
Consider that heavier mirrors will need extra support. Dry wall anchors might be your best option to protect your mirror and your wall, especially if you can't locate a wall stud.
Have someone help you with proper placement and lifting when hanging a wall mirror.
Try experimenting with different styles and sizes of wall mirrors throughout your home for a fresh update to your decor. With the basic steps for hanging wall mirrors, you can easily place round, oval or rectangle mirrors in any room or area you desire.
Consider using a level to help guide you with the proper alignment when hanging a wall mirror. This will show you exactly how straight or crooked the mirror is and where to make adjustments.
Never hang a heavy mirror on a small nail or hook. Over time, the weight can put tension on the wall. This can lead to your mirror falling and breaking, and part of the wall being destroyed as well.
Never attempt to hang a wall mirror without removing objects, such as shelves or electronics, away from the area that you will be working. This will help you to avoid breaking any objects in the event of an accident.
For the best results, never hang a wall mirror alone. Have someone with you to help you align the mirror properly as well as help with lifting it.
Things You Will Need
Ruler or measuring tape
Hammer or screwdriver
Nails, hooks or screws