At West Mirrors, we have more than a few gorgeous full-length mirrors to choose from. While it’s in fashion to lean your mirror against the wall for that little bit of French flair, hanging a full-length mirror can still be the best option if you’re looking to save space or just prefer the aesthetic.
The problem is, hanging a full-length mirror isn’t exactly a walk in the park; it’s a heavy piece most of the time, and taking the proper steps to ensure your mirror doesn’t fall and get damaged, or worse take a chunk out of your wall on the way down, can be tricky.
Well, thankfully, there is a full-proof way to properly hang your mirror and make sure it’s as safe as possible in the process.
This guide is a little lengthy so let’s get straight to it!
The Right Tool For the Job
First things first, you’re going to need a few good tools to make sure you’re doing the job right. These tools are:
- Carpenters Level (Or Spirit Level)
- Electric drill
- Tape Measure
- Rubber Bumpers
- A Helpful Friend
X marks The Spot
Naturally, you’re going to want to find a spot to hang your new mirror. More than likely, you’ve probably already got an area lined up anyway, but it pays to explore your options first.
Using your tape measure, make sure you have the measurements of your mirror down and then apply those to the spots around your home where you think the mirror would look best. Next, get your ever-helpful friend to assist you in hoisting that mirror against the spot of your choice.
Once you’ve got the mirror in place, markdown where the top of the mirror is using your pencil.
Consider Your Wall
The thing about walls, and why we got you to think about a few different spots around the house first, is that not all walls are made equal.
If you have mostly drywall in your home, then, unfortunately, you’re not going to be able to fit that mirror on your wall. If you have a concrete or masonry wall, then congrats! You can hang your fancy full-length mirror without any issues.
Break Out the Scale
Once you’ve got an idea of your spot on the wall, you’ll notice that, once again, full-length mirrors are pretty heavy.
As a result, we recommend getting an accurate measurement of the weight of your full-length mirror and using that as a reference for the hooks you use to mounts. The last thing you want is to have a pair of hooks that can’t handle the weight of your new mirror.
Most mounting hooks have a specific amount of weight they’re made to withstand; exceeding that means risking a broken hook and a shattered mirror, so it pays to double-check what you’ve got.
Measure Your Hangers
Once you’ve got that down, measure the hangers on the mirror itself. Once you have that, use a piece of tape with the measurements marked down to measure where to hang your mounting hooks accurately.
It also pays to measure the distance between the top of the mirror and the position of the hangers to ensure your mirror isn’t hung up to low or high for the wall.
Once you’ve done that, you can start drilling! Drill the holes you’ve marked down for the hangers and use rubber bumpers for your hooks to make sure they sit snug in the wall.
You can now hang your new full-length mirror!
If you would like some more help with your new mirror, then don't be afraid to give our team at West Mirrors a call. Our friendly group of experts would be more than happy to provide some advice and recommendations!