How to hang a mirror

How to hang a mirror

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Mirrors are not just functional; they also serve as stylish additions to your home decor. The key to their impact lies in how they’re displayed. Hanging a mirror on the wall may seem like a straightforward task, but as always, a little planning and thought makes a big difference, especially when dealing with heavy mirrors.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll talk you through how to hang a mirror, providing you with valuable insights, tips, and step-by-step instructions to ensure a secure and visually appealing result.

Hanging a mirror on a wall

Before you embark on hanging a mirror on your wall, it's crucial to understand the basics. Mirrors come in various shapes, sizes, and weights, and the type of wall you have will also play a role in determining the hanging method. Additionally, the location of the mirror within your home can influence the hardware and techniques you use. Let's look at the fundamentals:

Location, location, location

Before you start the hanging process, decide on the ideal location for your mirror. Consider factors such as lighting, what else is on the walls, and the purpose of the mirror. Whether it's in the hall, living room, bedroom, or bathroom, where you place the mirror will impact the overall atmosphere.


The right hardware is crucial for a secure and stable installation. Different types of mirrors may require specific hanging systems. Lightweight mirrors may be fine with basic hooks, while heavy mirrors demand more robust solutions such as wall anchors, screws, or specialized mirror hangers.

Check your wall type

Examine the type of wall you are working with—whether it's drywall, plaster, concrete, or another material. The wall composition will influence the tools and hardware needed for a successful installation.

How to do it yourself

If you follow these steps, you’ll be rewarded with a mirror, mirror on your wall!

Gather your tools and materials

Before you begin, gather all the necessary tools and materials:

  • Mirror
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Spirit level
  • Wall anchors or screws
  • Screwdriver or drill
  • Picture hanging wire or D-rings
  • Wall hooks or brackets
  • Wall stud finder (if applicable)


Measure and mark

  • Measure the mirror: Determine the dimensions of your mirror to find its centre point. Use a measuring tape to ensure accuracy.
  • Mark the wall: With the mirror's centre point in mind, use a pencil to mark the desired location on the wall. Consider the mirror's height and the eye level for optimal placement.

Find wall studs

If you are dealing with a heavy mirror, finding and securing it to wall studs is crucial for stability. Use a wall stud finder to locate the studs behind your wall. Mark the stud positions with a pencil.

Install wall anchors or screws

If your mirror is lightweight and doesn't require wall studs, install wall anchors at the marked locations. Use a drill to create holes for the anchors and then insert them.

For wall studs: If your mirror is heavy, align the screws with the marked stud positions. Use a drill or screwdriver to secure the screws into the wall studs.

Attach hanging hardware to the mirror

  • D-rings or mounting brackets: Attach D-rings or mounting brackets to the back of the mirror. Ensure they are positioned symmetrically to maintain balance.
  • Picture hanging wire: If using picture hanging wire, thread it through the D-rings or brackets, leaving enough slack for adjustment.

Hang the mirror

  • Single person method: For smaller mirrors, you can hang it yourself. Hold the mirror against the wall, aligning it with the installed anchors or screws. Use a level to ensure it is straight.
  • Two people method: Enlist the help of a friend for larger or heavier mirrors. One person can hold the mirror in place while the other checks for levelness and stability.

Adjust and secure

  • Level and adjust: Double-check the mirror's levelness and make any necessary adjustments. Ensure it is exactly where you want it before proceeding.

Secure hanging wire: If using picture hanging wire, secure it to the wall hooks or brackets. Double-check that everything is stable and secure.

Tips for hanging a heavy mirror

Hanging a heavy mirror requires additional consideration to ensure safety and prevent damage to both the mirror and your wall. Here are some tips:

  • Use heavy-duty anchors: Opt for heavy-duty wall anchors designed to support the weight of your mirror. These anchors provide added stability and reduce the risk of the mirror falling.
  • Distribute weight evenly: If your mirror is large and heavy, distribute the weight evenly by using multiple anchors or screws. This prevents undue stress on a single point of attachment.
  • Professional installation: If you are unsure about hanging a particularly heavy or valuable mirror, consider hiring a professional installer. They have the expertise and tools to ensure a secure and precise installation.
  • Consider wall reinforcement: For exceptionally heavy mirrors, especially those with ornate frames, consider reinforcing the wall with additional support, such as a wooden backing. This provides a more stable surface for hanging.

Whether you're looking to add a decorative touch to your home or create the illusion of more space, once you’ve hung your mirror then have a think about your floor. We have plenty of carpets and smooth flooring to enhance your home – pop in store or go online to find out more.

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