Having a new designer mirror or antique mirror is always an exciting event. But, whether you’ve gotten your mirror delivered or bought one in a store, you’ll probably end up facing the same issue - hanging the new mirror on your wall.
However, hanging a new wall mirror is often not as simple as it initially seems. For example, what are the safety protocols for hanging a mirror? How high do you traditionally hang a mirror? Do you have to do anything additional to do when hanging a mirror on drywall?
As you can see, there is a lot to cover, and there are fundamental issues that need addressing before you can start breaking out the toolbox.
That’s ok though, like everything else that seems complicated from the outside, the reality is much simpler than what you’d imagine. So in today’s 1st entry of a 2-part blog, we’ll be going through the best process for hanging your oversized mirror, how to ensure the best results, and how to do so safely.
X Marks The ___
Knowing just where you want to put your mirror is easily the first step to the mounting process. We’re pretty sure you already figured out where you were putting your mirror before you even got it, though. But, of course, choosing the spot you want and choosing the right spot for your mirror is a subtle difference that is important the know.
So, break out a tape measure and make sure you have the measurements of your mirror written down. Now apply those dimensions to the spots around your home where you think the mirror would look best. If you have some space cardboard or paper lying around, you can also create a basic stencil using those dimensions to help visualize how well your piece will fit in space.
For large mirrors, avoid spots where the piece is likely to loom over the room by being too high. Conversely, a smaller mirror benefits from not being too low and is best at around 5 ½ ft.
Mirrors should be used to enhance a space, rather than simply being another addition, so avoid feature walls or complex patterns on wallpaper to make sure your mirror fills the area as it should.
The Right Stuff
Not all walls are made equal, and you’ll find yourself making crucial decisions based on the type of wall you’re hoping to mount a mirror too.
If you have mostly drywall in your home, then, unfortunately, you’re not going to be able to fit an oversized mirror on your wall. Unless, of course, you like the idea of your brand new mirror getting destroyed as it falls helplessly to the floor, taking a large chunk of your drywall with it.
The Perfect Toolbag
With your perfect spot chosen, it’s time to grab the toolbox and get to work. However, you’ll save time knowing which tools you’ll need exactly. These tools are:
- Carpenters Level (Or Spirit Level)
- Electric drill
- Tape Measure
- Rubber Bumpers
- A Helpful Friend (Or The Most Valuable Tool You Have)
That’s it for Part 1 of our two-part blog/guide on how to mount a brand new designer mirror! Be sure to keep an eye out for our next blog entry for part 2!
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!