Need to hang a heavy mirror or picture? Use these helpful tips to hang it safely in the perfect spot.
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You'll need to check a few things before you buy the hardware.
Determine what type of wall you have: drywall, plaster or masonry. To see if you have drywall or plaster, push a tack into the wall. If it goes in easily, it's drywall.
A hanging mirror has to have a strong frame. If your new mirror already has hardware attached, it's safe to hang. If you're not sure about an old mirror, you can reinforce the frame with angle brackets.
Weigh the mirror — a bathroom scale works fine. Hardware weight limits are listed on the hardware packaging.
Pick a spot to hang the mirror. Locating it over a stud is helpful, but not necessary with the right anchors. Always mark the center of the stud, and keep in mind utilities might be attached to it if the stud is near a light switch, outlet or faucet. To learn how to locate studs see How to Find Studs in Walls.
Hold the mirror in place — close to eye level. Mark the wall near the center of the top edge with a pencil or painter's tape.
Enlist a helper if the mirror is heavy.
On the back of the mirror you'll probably see D-rings or a wire. You can hang rings or wire from two hooks on the wall.
To get the right space between the hooks, stick a long piece of tape on a level and mark the space between the D-rings.
Set the level aside. Lock one of the mounting hooks on the ring as it will be positioned on the wall. Measure from the mounting hole in the hook to the top of the mirror.
Transfer this distance to the wall, measuring down from the line you marked in Step 1.
Center your level on the wall and mark the location for the hook mounting holes.
If you're in line with a stud, secure the hardware to it. If not, install a wall anchor and attach the hardware.
All-in-one screw and anchor products are available.
Add bumpers to the bottom of the mirror to prevent scratching the wall.
Gently hang the mirror on the hooks.
You can also use metal cleats to hang mirrors with sturdy frames; just follow the package directions. Usually, you position the top cleat at the top of the frame, make shallow holes and attach it with the included screws.
Use an awl to make starter holes for the screws.
On the wall, level the bottom cleat, and secure it with screws.
Use wall anchors if the bottom cleat isn't lined up over wall studs.
Set the mirror in place.