Design Tips

How to Hang a Heavy Mirror

Large mirrors are absolutely gorgeous displayed above a table or bench in an entryway. They also add so much elegance above a bed or above a couch in a living room. Of course, hanging a heavy mirror can feel a little scary not knowing if it is secure enough to withstand over the years. With the right tools and a bit of patience, you can transform your space with a securely hung, beautiful mirror that you can feel good about. Today, I’ll walk you through the process of how to securely hang a heavy mirror, ensuring it not only looks great but also stays firmly in place.

Finding the Perfect Spot

First things first, decide where you want to hang your mirror. Consider the height and the reflection it will create. Ideally, the center of the mirror should be at eye level, which is roughly 57 to 60 inches from the floor. Also, think about what will be reflected in the mirror. Hanging it opposite a window can brighten up your room by reflecting natural light.

Gather Your Tools

Before diving into the project, make sure you have all the necessary tools:

  • A stud finder
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Heavy-duty wall anchors or mirror mounting hooks
  • Drill with appropriate bits
  • Screwdriver
  • Safety gear (gloves and goggles)

Locate the Studs

Using a stud finder, locate the studs in the wall where you want to hang the mirror. Mark the edges of each stud with a pencil. Hanging your mirror on studs is the most secure option since they can support more weight than drywall alone.

Measure and Mark

Next, measure the distance between the top of the mirror and the hanging hardware on the back. Transfer this measurement to the wall, ensuring it’s level. Mark the spots where the hardware will be mounted. Double-check your measurements to avoid any mistakes.

Choose the Right Hardware

For heavy mirrors, it’s crucial to use the right hardware. If you’re drilling into studs, heavy-duty screws or mirror mounting hooks will do the job. If you’re hanging on drywall without studs, use heavy-duty wall anchors rated for the mirror’s weight.

Drill Holes and Install Anchors

Drill pilot holes at the marked spots. If you’re using wall anchors, insert them into the holes. Make sure they sit flush with the wall. For added stability, you can use toggle bolts, which expand behind the drywall, providing extra support.

Secure the Hanging Hardware

Once the anchors are in place, screw in the mirror mounting hooks or heavy-duty screws. Make sure they’re tight and secure, but be careful not to over-tighten, which could damage the wall or anchors.

Hang the Mirror

With the hardware securely installed, it’s time to hang the mirror. This step might require an extra pair of hands, especially if the mirror is large or particularly heavy. Lift the mirror and carefully align the hanging hardware with the hooks or screws on the wall. Gently lower the mirror into place.

Ensure It’s Level

Finally, use a level to check that the mirror is perfectly straight. Adjust as needed by gently lifting and repositioning it. Step back and admire your handiwork!

Our Favorite Large Mirrors

Our absolute favorite mirror for an entryway is the Euri Arch Wayfair Mirror which is a dupe for the Anthropologie Primrose Mirror. It encompasses beautiful theatrical detailing that is very beautiful and distinct.

Another mirror that resembles both of these is the Kate and Laurel Arendahl Traditional Arch Mirror from Target. This mirror comes in a variety of sizes and finishes and is a perfect addition to any room and wall decor.

The Archer Brass Metal Framed Mirror from Magnolia is a mirror with a little less detail, but just as amazing. It is oversized and compliments several design styles.

Final Thoughts

Hanging a heavy mirror can seem intimidating, but with careful planning and the right tools, you can do it yourself and enjoy the new look it brings to your room. Remember to always prioritize safety and take your time to ensure everything is secure.

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