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How to Hang Heavy Mirrors

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.

Step 1

Pushing a Tack into the Wall to Determine Wall Type.

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.

Step 2

Using Angle Brackets to Reinforce a Mirror Frame.

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.

Step 3

Hardware Weight Limits on Packaging.

Weigh the mirror — a bathroom scale works fine. Hardware weight limits are listed on the hardware packaging.

Step 4

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.

Hanging the Mirror

Hang a Mirror Using Hooks

Step 1

Marking the Position of the Mirror on the Wall.

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.

Step 2

D-Rings on Mirror Frame and Wall Hooks.

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.

Step 3

Measuring the Distane Between the D-Rings.

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.

Step 4

Measuring From the Hook Mounting Hole to the Top of the Frame.

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.

Step 5

Transfering the Measurement to the Wall.

Transfer this distance to the wall, measuring down from the line you marked in Step 1.

Step 6

Marking the Hook Mounting Hole Locations.

Center your level on the wall and mark the location for the hook mounting holes.

Step 7

Installing the Wall Hooks.

If you're in line with a stud, secure the hardware to it. If not, install a wall anchor and attach the hardware.

Good to Know

All-in-one screw and anchor products are available.

Step 8

Attaching Bumpers to the Mirror Frame.

Add bumpers to the bottom of the mirror to prevent scratching the wall.

Step 9

Hanging the Mirror Using Wall Hooks.

Gently hang the mirror on the hooks.

Hang a Mirror Using Cleats

Step 1

Attaching the Top Cleat to the Mirror Frame.

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.

Good to Know

Use an awl to make starter holes for the screws.

Step 2

Attaching the Bottom Cleat to the Wall.

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.

Step 3

Hanging a Mirror Using Cleats.

Set the mirror in place.