Framed or frameless, a new mirror can change the entire look of a bathroom, making it more functional as well as stylish. That’s because the mirror is a vital part of the bath — the place where you wash your face, brush your teeth, do your hair and check your makeup. When you make it a beautiful feature, it impacts the whole space.
Are you getting ready to swap your bathroom mirror?
Want tips on how to hang it right?
A Few Tips for Hanging a Bathroom Mirror
When you’re looking to hang a new bathroom mirror, here is what you need to know:
1. Heavy mirrors require special care. Hanging a mirror is a lot like hanging a large picture frame or a big piece of art. When it’s a large, heavy piece of glass, it needs brackets or wires to support it on the wall. If it’s frameless, it may require special clips or adhesive to stay in place.
2. You want to know the type of wall. Before buying hardware to hang your mirror, think about what type of wall you have, as this will impact the way you hang your mirror. Is it drywall, plaster or masonry? If you aren’t sure, try pushing a small tack into the wall. If it’s drywall, the tack will go in easily. Likewise, locate the spot on the wall where you want to hang your mirror — over a stud is helpful, but not required if you use anchors. Pay attention to where utilities might be attached, and mark the center of the stud.
3. You want to know the mirror weight. You’ll need to know how much your mirror weighs in order to know if your hanging hardware is sufficient. If you don’t already know how heavy your mirror is, weigh it on a bathroom scale. Your hanging hardware will likely indicate a weight limit.
How to Hang a Framed Mirror With Hooks
If you decide to use hooks to hang your mirror, here’s a step-by-step guide to doing so:
1. Mark the spot. Hold your mirror up (or have someone else hold it up) where you want it to go, and use a pencil or painter’s tape to mark the center of the top edge.
2. Check the back. Does the back of your framed mirror have rings or wire already mounted for hanging? This will show you where your hooks can attach.
3. Mark and measure the mirror. Stick some tape on a level and mark it with the space between your mirror’s rings, if applicable. Then, measure from the wire or the rings to the top of the mirror.
4. Mark the wall. Using the amount you just measured, mark the wall below the previous mark from the top center of your mirror.
5. Level hook mounting holes. If you’re using a mirror with rings or hooks, make sure your marks are level on the wall before mounting the mirror.
6. Mount hardware. If you’re mounting on a stud, secure the hardware there. If you’re mounting elsewhere, secure a wall anchor with the hardware.
7. Hang the mirror. Hang your mirror on the hardware. If you’re concerned about scratching the wall, you may want to add bumpers to the mirror’s bottom first.
How to Hang a Frameless Mirror
For many homeowners, hanging a frameless mirror is trickier than hanging a framed one. To prevent yours from falling, you must follow the proper steps:
1. Mark the spot. As with a framed mirror, start by holding up your mirror (or having another person do it for you) to mark where it should be hung. Using a pencil, outline the top, bottom and side edges of the mirror.
2. Mark top and bottom edges. Set the mirror somewhere safe and mark the edges of your mirror — about a third from the left and right on the top and bottom of where your mirror will go.
3. Mount bottom brackets. Place mounting brackets at the two bottom places where you just marked and screw them in. If you’re mounting on a stud, you can put the screws directly into the wood. If you’re mounting elsewhere, you’ll need to use a drywall anchor.
4. Slide in your mirror. After mounting the brackets, slide your mirror into them, and line it up.
5. Mount top brackets. Last, screw in the brackets at the top of your mirror.
To make the most of your bathroom update, be sure you take time to properly install your new mirror. Use the tips above to ensure your new look lasts well into the future. To find quality mirrors for your refresh, visit Modern Bathroom, the Internet’s leading resource for bathroom products at factory-direct pricing!