Step-by-Step Guide to Hanging a Heavy Mirror

Mirrors hung strategically around your home reflect light and make rooms appear larger and brighter. That said, because mirrors tend to be on the heavy side, hanging them poses a problem, especially when mounting them on drywall or plaster walls. 

While most new mirrors come with hardware to hang them, choosing the right mounting hardware for the type of wall you have is critical to ensuring said mirror doesn’t fall off the wall. Once you’ve chosen the mirror you want to hang, use the following steps to hang it properly and safely in your home. 

1. The Mirror’s Mounting Hardware

Most new mirror purchases come with mounting hardware of some kind. Look for wire, D-rings, clips, or brackets (also called French cleats) either on the back of the mirror itself or included in the packaging. If the mounting hardware isn’t attached, you’ll need to install it first. 

2. Your Wall Type

Most newly built homes have drywall walls, but older homes typically have plaster walls. Some homes also have brick walls. You’ll need to determine what type of wall it is you plan to hang the mirror on as it makes a difference in what type of mounting hardware you’ll use to attach it to the wall. 

If mounting a heavy mirror on drywall or plaster into a stud, you only need screws in the right length to anchor securely into the stud. If you’re mounting into the drywall or plaster alone, you’ll need to purchase wall anchors made for the particular wall type and weight of your mirror. If you’re mounting a mirror on a brick wall, just like drywall and plaster, you’ll need anchors that are designed for masonry walls. 

3. Studs and Obstacles

When hanging a heavy mirror, it’s a good idea to find at least one stud to attach it to for support. Mark your mirror’s location on the wall with a pencil or tape and then use a stud finder to locate any studs, pipes, or wires in that area. The last thing you want to do is drill into a pipe or electrical wire, so don’t skip this step. If you find pipes or wires in the way or can’t find a stud to drill into, you may want to reconsider the mirror’s placement. 

4. Leveling the Mirror

Leveling a heavy mirror is an important step you don’t want to skip. Not only does a level mirror look nice, but it also reduces the risk of the mirror falling off the wall. An unlevel mirror places uneven pressure on the mounting hardware, which can cause it to fail. Measure properly between the brackets and from floor to ceiling and use a level to determine the level hanging of the mirror. 

Mirrors hung throughout a home can make it appear bigger and brighter, but many people are intimidated by hanging heavy mirrors. If you’d like to hang a mirror or two in your home, follow the steps outlined above to do it properly and safely.