How to Hang an Oversized Mirror: Part 2
Hanging an oversized mirror is a tricky task, even for the most experienced individuals. Oversized mirrors are heavier, more difficult to hold, and can break easily when they fall as a result of their increased weight.
Even worse, larger mirrors have the problem of being limited when it comes to the type of surfaces they can be attached to. Your wall has to be big enough and made from the right material to withstand the strain, making dry-wall a risky venture.
In our previous blog, we covered Part 1 of a two-part series on hanging an oversized mirror. You can read that here if you haven’t already. With this being part 2, we’re going to cover the final stage of hanging your large mirror while also going into a few key areas to watch out for when dealing with specific styles.
So, without further ado, let’s get to it!
As we’ve said before, larger mirrors can be tricky to accurately mount on a wall. In our previous blog entry, we covered the importance of surfaces and how suitable certain materials are for mounting. However, another important consideration is the apparatus you hang your mirror with.
To start, 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! Or can you?
There’s a good reason why the “French lean” with mirrors has become a wildly popular way to position your mirror in your home. In addition to being a pretty cool way to set up a mirror in the home, the lean is a good way to get your mirror against a wall without going through the hassle of mounting it to the wall.
Of course, the lean doesn’t neatly apply to every style of mirror, with some thriving better than others.
Rectangular shapes work best for this style of wall decoration, with a strong base making sure that your mirror doesn’t roll away from you! Arch mirrors can also work for this type of technique, though take care with the tip of your arch as this can damage an unprotected wall with its reduced surface area.
Circular mirrors of the oversized variety are a trickier style to deal with. While circular designs, such as Boho and Rattan mirrors, make for excellent additions to any wall, when oversized, these designs can be especially difficult to manage. In this instance, it pays to potentially mount this mirror with at least one hook acting as an anchor at the top of the piece.
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!