How to hang a wall mirror without nails

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How to Hang a Mirror on a Wall Without Nails

How to Hang a Mirror on a Wall Without Nails

Co-authored by Peter Salerno

Updated: August 9, 2019

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This article was co-authored by Peter Salerno. Peter Salerno is the owner of Hook it Up Installation, a professional installation company, which has been hanging art and other objects around Chicago for over 10 years. Peter has over 20 years of experience installing art and other mountable objects in residential, commercial, healthcare and hospitality contexts.

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Whether you want to hang a mirror to create some visual space or to check your appearance before you leave your house, the thought of putting holes in your wall might turn you off. Luckily, there are many ways you can hang a mirror without nails, such as by utilizing hanging strips, hooks, or brick clamps. Each method is affordable and simple to install.

Steps

Method 1 Attaching Hanging Strips for Light Mirrors

Image titled Hang a Mirror on a Wall Without Nails Step 1 1 Wipe down your mirror location with tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) or rubbing alcohol. Start by applying a small amount of TSP or rubbing alcohol to a dry microfiber cloth. After doing this, wipe down the entire surface that you plan to hang your mirror onto.[1]
  • Purchase both TSP and rubbing alcohol from big-box stores, pharmacies, and online suppliers.
Image titled Hang a Mirror on a Wall Without Nails Step 2 2 Attach 4 adhesive strips to the mirror. Use hanging strips for drywall or plaster walls. Select strips that are adhesive on 1 side and have Velcro on the other. Remove 1 liner from 1 sticky side of each of your double-sided strips and attach them to your frame. Always hang them vertically on the left and right for the best results, with 1 at the top right, 1 at the top left, 1 at the bottom right, and 1 at the bottom left.[2]
  • If they're not in pre-cut strips, give yourself around 3 to 4 inches (7.6 to 10.2 cm) per piece.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions for your brand of tape for specific directions.
Image titled Hang a Mirror on a Wall Without Nails Step 3 3 Stick the mirror to the wall. Remove the remaining liners on the double-sided tape. Then, align your mirror exactly where you want it and then press the frame to the wall firmly. [3]
  • Hold the mirror in place for 30 seconds before removing pressure.
Image titled Hang a Mirror on a Wall Without Nails Step 4 4 Remove the mirror from the wall and press on the strips. To ensure that the adhesive holds properly, remove the mirror from the wall to pull each strip apart at the Velcro. After this, check that there are 4 strip pieces on the wall and 4 on your mirror, each with the Velcro side exposed. Now, press down on each strip stuck to the wall and hold this pressure for 30 seconds.[4]
  • Be sure to press firmly when applying pressure to ensure adherence.
Image titled Hang a Mirror on a Wall Without Nails Step 5 5 Reattach your mirror after 1 hour. After pressing the strips against the wall, wait 1 hour for the glue to bond. Once this time has passed, align the strips on the mirror with the strips on the wall and press the frame onto them.[5]
  • If the strips are loose, remove your mirror and apply pressure again for 30 seconds. Afterward, wait another 1 hour.

Method 2 Using Hooks for Heavy Mirrors

Image titled Hang a Mirror on a Wall Without Nails Step 6 1 Cut out an outline of the mirror with a piece of paper. Place a piece of light paper over the back of your mirror. Now, use a pair of scissors to cut around its perimeter and create an outline of the mirror from your paper.
  • Try to cut the paper as close to the size of your mirror as possible.[6]
  • Purchase paper from a big-box store or online supplier.
Image titled Hang a Mirror on a Wall Without Nails Step 7 2 Mark the hole locations using your paper as a guide. Start by taping the paper to the wall in the location you want your mirror to be. Once it's in the right position, mark off spots for the holes by pressing your pencil through the paper.[7]
  • Always put the holes on the top edge of the mirror an equal distance from the edges. For example, if your mirror is 10 inches (25 cm) long from left to right, position a hook 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5.1 cm) from the left side and 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5.1 cm) from the right side. You can also try positioning just 1 hook in the middle.
  • Take care to get your paper aligned exactly where you want it before marking the holes off.
  • In general, only 2 small holes are necessary.
Image titled Hang a Mirror on a Wall Without Nails Step 8 3 Push the picture hooks into the wall right-side up. Take each hook and push the end without a hook slightly into the wall. Next, twist each piece so that the small hook is at the top of the curve and facing upward. Once they're facing the right direction, push the hooks completely into the wall until only the hooks are visible.[8]
  • Head to the picture hanger section of the local home hardware store and purchase steel hooks for a mirror with the given weight. Example products include Monkey Hook, Hercules Hook, or Super Hook.
  • Hooks work best on drywall. However, they also work on plaster, but they will be tougher to get into the wall.
  • Most hooks are about 1 inch (2.5 cm) in length. Make sure that only the hook is exposed from the wall.
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Choose hooks that are rated for at least double than the weight of the mirror. For instance, if you're hanging a 50 lb mirror, you'd want to use a 100 lb hook. It might be a little bit of overkill, but you don't want to risk that mirror falling off the wall.

Image titled Hang a Mirror on a Wall Without Nails Step 9 4 Hang the mirror onto the picture hooks. Align the back of the mirror's frame onto the hooks and lift it over them. Adjust the mirror as necessary until it's straight and make sure it's secure.[9]
  • If you find that your mirror isn't straight, reinstall any hooks as necessary.
  • If your mirror doesn't have a frame, try using hanging strips instead.

Method 3 Attaching Clamps for Brick Walls

Image titled Hang a Mirror on a Wall Without Nails Step 10 1 Purchase metal brick clamps that accommodate your brick size. Each clip grips the brick from the top and bottom and the tips of the grips rest against or close to the mortar. Start by measuring the height and width or your bricks as well as the space between each. Now, head to a home hardware store and find clamps that are designed for your bricks. If possible, purchase clamps that come in more than 1 size just in case.[10]
  • Try to select a clip with a spring at the bottom that adjusts for variation in brick size.
  • Be sure to purchase clips that can accommodate the weight of your mirror.
  • Make sure the gap between the brick and mortar is big enough for your clips. For example, many products require at least a 1?8 inch (0.32 cm) gap.
Image titled Hang a Mirror on a Wall Without Nails Step 11 2 Clip the teeth of your brick clamps over the brick at the top and bottom. Place the spring end of the clip at the bottom of the brick. Now, push the clip upwards to depress the spring until the teeth go over the top of the brick.[11]
  • To remove the clip, compress the spring until the teeth come off the brick.
Image titled Hang a Mirror on a Wall Without Nails Step 12 3 Hang your mirror onto the brick clamp. Place your mirror frame onto the hook of the brick clamp. For smaller mirrors, you can probably just hang it on 1 clamp. If it's a larger mirror, use 2 clamps and make sure they are an equal distance from the edges of the mirror and each other.[12]
  • Move your brick clamps as necessary until your mirror is straight.
  • Be sure that your mirror has a thick enough frame to hang from the brick clamp hook.

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Tips

  • Place your mirror on the wall opposite to the living room window to make the most of any afternoon light.[13]
  • Try hanging dramatic mirrors in the dining room.
  • In general, entry halls are the best spots for hanging any kind of mirror.

Warning

  • Consider using nails if the above hanging methods are not holding your mirror.

References

^ https://youtu.be/6bTdtnzPmOE?t=28 ^ https://youtu.be/6bTdtnzPmOE?t=47 ^ https://youtu.be/6bTdtnzPmOE?t=62 ^ https://youtu.be/6bTdtnzPmOE?t=74 ^ https://youtu.be/6bTdtnzPmOE?t=84 ^ https://www.homestoriesatoz.com/tips-2/tip-how-to-hang-something-heavy-with-minimal-wall-damage.html ^ https://www.homestoriesatoz.com/tips-2/tip-how-to-hang-something-heavy-with-minimal-wall-damage.html ^ https://www.homestoriesatoz.com/tips-2/tip-how-to-hang-something-heavy-with-minimal-wall-damage.html ^ https://www.homestoriesatoz.com/tips-2/tip-how-to-hang-something-heavy-with-minimal-wall-damage.html ^ https://merrypad.com/2016/04/24/hang-art-on-brick-specialty-clips/ ^ https://youtu.be/_pnFa_N27CQ?t=28 ^ https://youtu.be/_pnFa_N27CQ?t=28 ^ https://www.elledecor.com/home-remodeling-renovating/home-renovation/advice/a6730/how-to-hang-a-mirror/ Show more... (4)
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How to Hang Mirrors & Pictures on Plaster Walls Without Nails

Putting a nail through a plaster wall will only lead to the nail hole chipping the plaster around the shank. The nail hole will get larger and larger over time, and eventually the nail will become loose and fall out. The chipped plaster will leave an unsightly blemish that will need repair. However, there are ways to hang mirrors and pictures without using nails.

Wall Anchor

Called wall anchors or wall mollies, these are small tapered plastic anchors that you push through the plaster after drilling a correct sized hole. Wall anchors have a hole in the middle that a screw will turn into. Once the screw is in place, it will allow a picture wire or a mirror bracket to hang on the screw head. Any type of drywall or plaster wall will support a wall anchor; they are easy to use and work well for hanging pictures and mirrors.

Toggle Bolts

Use a toggle bolt for heavier pictures or mirrors. Drill a hole and push in the bolt, with toggle attached. The toggle will open up behind the plaster or drywall, like butterfly wings, and when you tighten the bolt, the wings will pull into and grip the back side of the plaster wall. This contact will grip the wall solidly and allow heavier objects to hang onto the bolt head in the exact same way that a picture or a mirror hangs on the screw head inside of a wall anchor.

Drywall Hooks

A drywall hook is a modern solution for hanging objects through plaster or drywall. The thin back end of the hook presses through the plaster, and when turned so that the hook rests correctly against the wall, it locks into place and becomes a stable hanging point for pictures and mirrors. They require no tools, but the area behind the plaster must be hollow. If you encounter a stud when pushing the hook in, the hook will have to removed and repositioned.

Adhesives

A nonpenetrating adhesive backing is applied to some hooks or brackets that you press directly onto the wall. The adhesive power allows you to hang mirrors or pictures almost anywhere. You don't have to worry about finding a stud, drilling or pounding. However, they are made primarily to support lighter objects, so heavy full length mirrors or large framed pictures are not the best hanging choice for this method.



How to Hang a Vanity Mirror

How to Hang a Vanity Mirror

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Updated: March 29, 2019

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A mirror over a vanity sink or area in your bathroom can add a dash of style and personality. It can also make getting ready in the mornings easier and make your bathroom feel finished. Hanging a vanity mirror can be done using mounting hooks, hanging cleats, or mirror adhesive. With the right hanging hardware and some precise measurements, you can have a beautiful vanity mirror in your space in no time.

Steps

Method 1 Hanging the Mirror with Mounting Hooks

Image titled Hang a Vanity Mirror Step 1 1 Use mounting hooks if the mirror is large and has a heavy frame. Mounting hooks are ideal for vanity mirrors that weigh 15 to 30 pounds (6.8 to 13.6 kg) and have a frame made of wood, metal, or plaster. The mounting hooks will ensure the mirror hangs correctly and is well supported on the wall.[1]
  • Weigh the mirror on a bathroom scale to ensure you get mounting hooks that are strong enough to support the weight. The weight restrictions for the mounting hooks will be noted on the package.
  • Look for mounting hooks at your local hardware store or online.
Image titled Hang a Vanity Mirror Step 2 2 Attach D-rings to the back of the mirror if it does not already have them. Place 2 D-rings horizontally along the top of the frame. They should 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5.1 cm) from the left and right sides of the frames. Check that they sit evenly across from one another with a leveller, then attach them with a screwdriver. Make sure the straight part of the "D" faces downward.[2]
  • Some mirrors will come with D-rings already attached to the back. If this is the case, you do not need to put any more on the back of the mirror.
Image titled Hang a Vanity Mirror Step 3 3 Place the mirror against the wall and mark the top center spot. Use the leveller on the top edge of the mirror to make sure the mirror is level. Make sure the mark is easy to see, as you will use it as a guide when you hang the mirror.[3]
  • Putting the mirror over a stud in the wall is ideal, as this ensures the mirror is well supported. You can use a stud finder to locate a stud.
  • If you cannot find a stud in the wall, you can still hang the mirror with wall anchors as long as you have a power drill.
Image titled Hang a Vanity Mirror Step 4 4 Loop the hooks onto the D-rings and measure to the top of the mirror. Lay the mirror flat with the back side up. Loop 1 of the mounting hooks onto 1 of the rings and place the back of the hook flush against the mirror. Take a ruler and measure from where the hole in the mounting hook sits to the top edge of the mirror.[4]
  • Do this on the other side of the mirror, looping the other mounting hook into the D-ring. Measure that side as well. The measurements should be the same for either side.
Image titled Hang a Vanity Mirror Step 5 5 Mark the spots for the hooks and attach them to the wall. Use a pencil or painter's tape to mark the spots where the mounting hooks will sit, using the top center mark you made earlier as a guide. Line up the hole in the mounting hook with the mark you made and then use the power drill to put the screw into the hole.[5]
  • The mounting hooks should come with screws that fit in the holes.
  • If you are not using a wall stud as a guide for the hooks, put a wall anchor in first before you drill in the screw.
  • Most hardware stores will sell screws and anchors together so you do not need to install them separately.
Image titled Hang a Vanity Mirror Step 6 6 Hang the mirror on the mounting hooks. Loop the D-rings onto the mounting hooks on the wall to hang the mirror. Make sure the mirror sits flush against the wall. Place the leveller on the top edge of the mirror to ensure it is level as a final check.[6]
  • If you are worried about the mirror scratching the wall, you can put bumpers on the bottom corners of the back of the mirror. Bumpers are small plastic bubbles that have adhesive on one side and can be found at your local hardware store.

Method 2 Using Hanging Cleats

Image titled Hang a Vanity Mirror Step 7 1 Use hanging cleats if the mirror has a light frame or no frame. Hanging cleats come in 2 parts: a top cleat and a bottom cleat. The top cleat will attach to the mirror and the bottom cleat will attach to the wall. You will then match the top cleat to the bottom cleat to hang the mirror. Hanging cleats are good for mirrors that have a thin frame that does not weigh more than 5 to 10 pounds (2.3 to 4.5 kg).[7]
  • You can also use hanging cleats for a mirror that has no frame. Frameless mirrors that are round or large are also easy to hang with cleats.
Image titled Hang a Vanity Mirror Step 8 2 Place the mirror on the wall above the vanity and mark the top center spot. Use the leveller to ensure the mirror is centered and even. Make sure the mark is easy to spot on the wall so you can use it as a guide when you hang the mirror. Image titled Hang a Vanity Mirror Step 9 3 Attach the top cleat to the top edge of the mirror with a screwdriver. Place the top cleat about 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the top of the mirror. Use an awl to make starter holes in the back of the mirror. Then, place the screws in the holes and tighten them with a screwdriver.[8]
  • The hanging cleats should come with screws that fit in the holes.
Image titled Hang a Vanity Mirror Step 10 4 Attach the bottom cleat to the wall with a power drill. Place the leveller on the top of the bottom cleat to ensure it is level, lining it up with the center mark on the wall that you made earlier. Then, attach the bottom cleat using screws and a power drill.[9]
  • If you did not line up the bottom cleat with a stud in the wall, you will need to use wall anchors first before you secure the screws.
Image titled Hang a Vanity Mirror Step 11 5 Match the top cleat on the mirror with the bottom cleat on the wall. Place the top cleat on the mirror on the bottom cleat on the wall so they slide together. Once the mirror is up, use the leveller one more time on the top edge of the mirror to ensure it is level and even.[10]

Method 3 Applying Mirror Adhesive

Image titled Hang a Vanity Mirror Step 12 1 Use mirror adhesive if the mirror has no frame and is small. Vanity mirrors that are flat and frameless are easy to attach with mirror adhesive. Look for mirror adhesive at your local hardware store or online.[11]
  • Mirror adhesive works best on mirrors that weigh no more than 5 to 10 pounds (2.3 to 4.5 kg).
  • Do not use adhesive that is designed for objects besides mirrors, as it will not support the mirror correctly.
  • Keep in mind that removing the mirror later will require you to remove the adhesive and some of the drywall from the wall. You will then need to patch the wall once the mirror and adhesive have been removed.
Image titled Hang a Vanity Mirror Step 13 2 Place the mirror over the vanity and mark the top center. Hold the mirror with one hand and place the leveller on the top edge. Make sure the bubble in the leveller appears in the center to confirm the mirror is level. Locate the top center of the mirror where it sits above the vanity and run a pencil over the spot so it is marked. You can then use this mark as a guide when you put the mirror up.[12]
  • If the mirror is wide, you may need someone to help you hold the mirror in place to confirm it is level.
Image titled Hang a Vanity Mirror Step 14 3 Wipe the back of the mirror with rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol will help the mirror adhesive work better. Make sure you cover the entire back surface of the mirror with a thin layer of rubbing alcohol using a clean cloth.[13] Image titled Hang a Vanity Mirror Step 15 4 Apply the adhesive to the back of the mirror in a side to side motion. The mirror adhesive will come in a tube that will make spreading it easier. Cover the entire back area of the mirror in the adhesive by applying it in a steady drizzle.[14]
  • When in doubt, check the manufacturer’s instructions for detailed steps on how to apply the adhesive to the back of the mirror.
Image titled Hang a Vanity Mirror Step 16 5 Press the mirror onto the wall, tilting it forward slightly. Once the adhesive has been applied, place the mirror against the wall, making sure the top edge meets the mark you made earlier. Titling the mirror forward slightly as you press on the middle and bottom of the mirror will help to prevent the adhesive from bubbling around the edges of the mirror.[15]
  • Try pressing on the center of the mirror and a few inches away from the edges to prevent the adhesive from spreading beyond the edges of the mirror.
Image titled Hang a Vanity Mirror Step 17 6 Hold the mirror in place for several minutes so the adhesive can set. Apply even pressure to the mirror so it stays in place. Allow the mirror to dry overnight before touching it again to ensure the adhesive dries properly.[16]

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Things You’ll Need

Hanging the Mirror with Mounting Hooks

  • 2 D-rings
  • 2 mounting hooks
  • Screws
  • Pencil or painter’s tape
  • Leveller
  • Ruler
  • Power drill

Using Hanging Cleats

  • Hanging cleats
  • Screws
  • Pencil or painter’s tape
  • Leveller
  • Ruler
  • Screwdriver
  • Power drill

Applying Mirror Adhesive

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Mirror adhesive
  • Leveller
  • Ruler

References

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