No matter the size or style, hanging a designer mirror can be a stressful task. There’s usually a lot at stake, and the last thing you want is to ruin a perfectly good piece because you’ve mounted it incorrectly.
Designer mirrors are usually slightly trickier to hang than your average furniture piece, owing to more complex and adventurous designs and the quality of materials that make them slightly heavier and more challenging to hold.
In part 1 of this series, we covered how you can prepare your space and choose the right location for your new designer mirror in your home. We also covered types of walls to avoid and the tools required to get your mirror hanging safely. In part 2, we’ll be covering the safest process you can go through when hanging your mirror and the merits of styling to create a specific effect.
Something that’s never really appreciated is how heavy a designer mirror can be. Of course, it’s not a massive weight, but it is worth worrying about when purchasing your open mounting hooks.
So, we’d argue that you should definitely get an accurate measurement of your designer antique mirror’s weight and use that as a reference for the hooks you use to hang it. If you have a pair of pins that can’t handle the weight of your new mirror, you’ll be at risk of them popping out and sending your mirror crashing to the floor.
Most mounting hooks have a specific amount of weight that they can withstand; exceeding that means risking a broken hook and a shattered mirror, so it pays to double-check what you’ve got.
Go for a Hangin’
With your tools at the ready (including a helpful friend), it’s time to hang that mirror! If you’re unsure what those tools are, you can review them here in part-1 of our blog.
The process for hanging a mirror is deceptively simple, though it pays to make sure you have everything on hand to do so safely.
- To start, measure the hangers on the mirror itself.
- Once you have that, use a piece of tape with the measurements marked down on the tape to transfer those measurements to your wall accurately.
- Apply the marked tape to the wall, being careful to get the tape on straight using a spirit level.
- 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.
- With tape accurately applied drill holes where you’ve marked down on the tape.
- With the holes drilled, use rubber bumpers for your hooks to make sure they sit snug in the wall.
- Congrats! You can now hang your new designer mirror on the wall.
With that all complete, you can now fully enjoy your new designer mirror as it proudly sits on your wall, knowing full well that it won’t be falling anytime soon!
If you would like some more help with your new oversized mirror, 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!