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Correct Hangers for Wall Mirrors

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

When you find the perfect wall mirror it can transform a room from drab to fabulous in no time flat.  The only problem is that figuring out the right hanger for the mirror can be challenging.  Without the right tools, the mirror can quickly come crashing down and leave you with more mess than you can imagine.  While not all mirrors are the same, the tips below will help guide you in selecting the wall mounting hooks that will work best with your mirror.

Antiquities in Motion Contemporary Wall Hanging

Antiquities in Motion Contemporary Wall Hanging

Size and Weight


Before you rush off to the home improvement shop or craft supply store for picture hanging hooks, take a good, long look at the mirror in front of you.  Turn it over and see if there are any pre-installed hooks or clasps.  If the mirror is a flat panel without a frame, the hanging materials required will be different from those needed for a framed mirror.  The size of the mirror will play a large part in how many hooks are needed and the weight rating for them.  To get the weight of your mirror, use your bathroom scale and weigh yourself before holding it; pick it up and weigh yourself again, and then subtract the difference.  While the weight may vary ever so slightly from the actual weight, you will have a good general idea about the weight rating that you will need for the hooks and brackets.

Santa Fe Dreams Handcrafted Metal Wall Mirror

Santa Fe Dreams Handcrafted Metal Wall Mirror

Where on the Wall?


Not only will you need to figure out where you are going to hang this lovely new wall decoration, but you will also need to determine what the wall is made from.  Plaster, drywall or paneling will each require specific hangers and hardware for safely hanging the wall mirror.  If the mirror is exceptionally heavy, it is a good idea to locate a stud in the wall and hang it from there.  Not only will this provide additional support for the mirror, but it will also keep the wall from breaking apart.  The last thing you want is for your new mirror to shatter as it pulls off a large chunk of your plaster wall and smashes to the floor.

Colorful Blooms Handcrafted Metal Wall Mirror

Colorful Blooms Handcrafted Metal Wall Mirror

Types of Hangers


There are a few different types of mirror hangers.  For flat panel mirrors there are mirror clips that clip on the outer edge of the mirror itself.  They screw into the wall and are designed specifically for holding mirrors in place.  They come in many different styles and designs which makes them versatile enough to use with just about any mirror.  For framed mirrors, a great option is to use wire that has been attached or threaded through D-hooks or eye hooks.  When properly secured, wire offers incredible strength and durability.  It is important to make sure that the hooks on the frame are just as securely attached as the wire itself.  To add extra support, consider installing an angle iron below the bottom edge of the frame to take some of the weight off the top hooks.

A correctly installed mirror will rest safely and securely on any wall.  Take the time to plan out where and how the mirror will be installed before rushing to complete the job.  A well executed installation will help create a room that is only enhanced by the mirror’s presence.