How to Hang a Heavy Mirror or Picture
Need to hang a heavy mirror or picture? Use
these helpful tips to hang it safely in the perfect spot. You’ll need to check a few things before
you buy the hardware. First, know 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. Next, weigh the mirror–a bathroom scale works
fine. Hardware weight limits are listed on the package. 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. 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. 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, stick a long piece of tape on a level, and mark the space
between the D-rings. Set the level aside and grab one of the mounting hooks. Lock it on
the ring, measure from the hole to the top of the mirror, and transfer this distance
to the wall using the line as a guide. Now center up your level on the wall and mark
the holes. If you’re in line with a stud, secure the
hardware to it. If not, install a wall anchor and attach the hardware. Now add bumpers to
the bottom of the mirror to prevent scratching the wall, and gently hang it 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 with screws. On the wall, level the bottom cleat, and secure
with screws. Then set the mirror in place. Now your blank walls can have a bit more personality. Want more great ideas and how-to’s? Go to
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