How to Hang an Oversized Mirror: Part 1
We know what you’re probably thinking. Or rather, what you were thinking when you decided to purchase a new giant mirror:
“This is going to be easy, and hanging mirrors is really simple!”
But, it isn’t so simple, is it? Especially when you Googled how to hang a mirror and realized that there wasn’t much on how to mount up something larger than you are. Large mirrors are kind of like large dogs in a lot of ways. Sure, they’re great to have around, and everyone comments about them when they visit. But getting them into the house and ready is another thing entirely. We haven’t even mentioned the maintenance as well.
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 this guide, we’re going to go through the best process for hanging your oversized mirror and how to ensure the best results while being as safe as possible as well!
Get Your Tools Ready
First off, you’re going to need a few essential 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 (Or The Most Valuable Tool You Have)
Pick Your Spots
You’re going to want to find a spot to hang your new mirror. Now, if you’re honest with yourself, you’ve probably already got an excellent site in mind, 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 location of your choice.
Once you’ve got the mirror in place, mark down where the top of the mirror is using your pencil.
Do You Have the Right Wall?
You might think we’re being overly cautious here, but the thing about walls is that not all walls are made equal. As a result, it pays to think about whether your wall is capable of holding your mirror in the first place.
If you have mostly drywall in your home, then, unfortunately, you’re not going to be able to fit that mirror on your wall. Unless, of course, you like the idea of having a chunk of your drywall get ripped out from the weight of your mirror one day.
If you have a concrete or masonry wall, then congrats! Finally, you can hang your fancy full-length mirror.
Weight It Out
You’ll notice by now that full-length mirrors are pretty heavy.
As a result, we recommend you get an accurate measurement of your full-length mirror’s weight and use 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 before 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.
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!