Different Ways to Hang or Mount Your Mirror

Looking for a quick and easy design upgrade for one of the rooms in your home? Finding unique and different ways to hang or mount a mirror is an excellent option. Mirrors immediately and profoundly affect a room’s overall tone and feel.

The addition of a mirror can have several benefits for a room. They can increase the appearance of space, become an artistic centerpiece, reflect light to add warmth and lower your utility bill, obstruct wall dents or scuffs, allow you to see your reflection, and, of course, tell you who is the fairest in all the land… 

Ok, so not the last one. But as you can see, adding a mirror into a room in your home has many benefits. However, they are not always the easiest item to hang. Mirrors can be made from a variety of materials that vary greatly in size and shape.

Need some help mounting or hanging your mirror? Here are some tips.

Different Ways To Hang or Mount a Mirror Technicalities

Before you can have fun exploring the variety of trendy and aesthetically pleasing methods of hanging or mounting a mirror, it’s essential to consider the technical aspect. The first thing you’ll want to do is weigh your mirror.

A common and costly mistake that people make with mirrors is to select their hanging method without knowing if that method will support the mirror’s weight. Sometimes, a mount or hanging method will hold the mirror at first, but a few days later, when a nearby door is shut, the mount gives out, and the mirror crashes to the floor and is destroyed.

Once you know how much your mirror weighs, you will want to identify whether you’re hanging it on plaster or drywall. Not sure which? Take a tack and press it into the wall. If it goes in easily, it’s drywall.

Drywall is usually 1/2” thick, whereas plaster is usually about 1” thick. Plaster is harder than drywall and is more brittle. Due to these differences, certain mounting and hanging methods will be more difficult on a plaster wall than on a drywall.

Fun and Functional Mirror Hanging Techniques

So, you’re looking to spice up the ambiance of your room with a mirror? There are a ton of mirror hanging and mounting methods that elevate the feel of your space while also remaining fully functional. Here are a few of our top picks!

Floating Mirror Shelf

Install a floating shelf on the wall, then place a frameless mirror on top of it. This will create a modern, minimalist look as if the mirror is floating on the wall. Plus, it gives you a shelf to place other aesthetic items like trinkets or flameless candles. Here’s how you can pull this off:

  1. Gather your materials. For this project, you’ll need a floating shelf kit (including shelf, brackets, and screws), level, measuring tape, pencil, screwdriver or drill, wall anchors, and mirror.
  2. Find the wall studs in your desired location and mark them with the pencil.
  3. Install the brackets by first aligning the first with the wall stud. Use your level to ensure it’s straight. Then, mark the screw hole locations on the wall through the bracket’s holes. Next, remove the bracket and drill pilot holes into the marked locations. Attach the bracket to the wall using screws. (Pro Tip: If you don’t have wall studs in your desired location, use wall anchors instead!)
  4. Attach the shelf. Simply slide the floating shelf onto the brackets and secure it to the brackets by using the screws provided in the kit.
  5. Use your level to make sure your shelf is straight.
  6. Place the mirror on the shelf and ensure everything is secure. If you’re concerned about the weight of the mirror, use mirror adhesive glue to keep it secure against the wall.

Wall of Mirrors

We don’t mean literally covering an entire wall with mirrors (unless that’s what you want to do!), but you can create an artful gallery of mirrors on one of the walls in your home. This will create an artistic centerpiece while also making the space feel larger and providing the room with more light. 

For this method, you’ll need several mirrors of different shapes and sizes and a plan for arranging them on the wall. Next, simply choose your method of hanging or mounting them, which could involve mirror adhesive glue for low-weight mirrors or hooks or cleats for more weighty mirrors. 

Whichever method of mounting you choose, the idea with this method is to create a centerpiece that lights up your room. Follow these easy steps:

  1. Choose your method of mounting. Mirror adhesive works well for low-weight mirrors, while hooks or cleats are a good choice for more heavy mirrors.
  2. If using adhesive, apply adhesive to one mirror at a time and attach it to the wall until you’ve attached all the mirrors. If using hooks or cleats, mark the spots on the wall first, making sure to measure so the mirrors fit nicely. Then install the mirrors.
  3. Step back and enjoy!

Rope Hanging Mirror

This method is a fun way to spruce up a simple method of hanging. For this method, you can use a mirror of any size or shape. You’ll also need a hook rated for the weight of your mirror, a rope, measuring tape, pencil, screwdriver or drill, level, and wall anchors. 

Once you’ve assembled your materials, follow these easy steps:

  1. Find your wall studs and mark them with a pencil. If you’re not using studs, you’ll mark where you want to place your wall anchors.
  2. Attach the hook to the wall studs by aligning the hooks mounting holes with the holes you made and driving screws through them. If you’re using wall anchors, attach the wall anchors first and then the hook.
  3. Use the level to make sure your hook is straight. 
  4. Place the mirror onto the hook. Most mirrors come with mirror wires, but if yours doesn’t, you can attach a D-ring first.
  5. Take your rope and entwine it around the frame of your mirror. 

The rope around the mirror trick is a simple way to add some character to your space while sticking with a simple and reliable method of hanging. You’ll have a fully functional and bohemian-inspired mirror to decorate your room.

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