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How to hang a heavy mirror

Found your perfect mirror but unsure how to hang it? Don’t fret. This guide to hanging it safely will prevent seven years of bad luck!

Found your perfect mirror but unsure how to hang it? Don’t fret. We’re here to help you prevent seven years of bad luck!

The most important things to consider are the positioning of the mirror and the weight of it – for heavier mirrors, you need to make sure you find wall fixings that are strong enough to support its weight.

As it’s likely you’ll have to do a bit of drilling to attach the wall fixings, be aware that you don’t hang your mirror anywhere near electric cables. These usually run vertically from switches and plugs and be found by using a handheld device called a stud finder that helps you find cables, pipes, and studs in your walls.

Read on to find out how to hang a heavy mirror.

If you’re interested in finding out how much a handyperson might set you back to do this job, take a look at our guide to handyperson prices.

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How to hang a heavy mirror in 4 steps

Tools you’ll need

  • Stud detectorHow to hang a heavy mirror safely
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Mirror fixings (these should be supplied with the mirror)
  • Heavy-duty wall fixings
  • Wall anchors
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Spirit level
  • Drill

Before you start: Find another pair of hands to assist you as it will be tricky to hold the mirror at the same time as measuring the wall. If you don’t have anyone to help, recruiting a handyperson is probably a call at this point.

Step one

Check the weight of the mirror so you know if the fixings are suitable for its weight, as well as making sure the type of wall you are hanging it on will be ok. Then use a stud detector to check the wall before drilling into it.

Step two

This is where you’ll need another pair of hands. Hold the mirror where you want it to be and mark the centre of the top edge.

Step three

The mirror should have mounting hardware. If it doesn’t, you’ll first have to install these. Look for fixings such as D-rings, wire, clips, or brackets that will support the mirror’s weight.

Next, put one of the wall fixings on the mirror fixing, and measure from the position of the screw to the very top of the mirror. You should use both sets of measurements to mark where the fixings should go on the wall and check that they are level.

Step four

The final step is to drill the holes into the wall. Do this where you’ve left the marks and install the wall anchors, followed by the heavy-duty wall fixings. Finally, hang the mirror, and using a spirit level double-check that it is straight.

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How to hang a heavy mirror on a plaster wall

Ideally, you’ll be able to hang your mirror on the studs in a plaster wall or drywall. You can use a stud detector to find these.

How do you hang a heavy mirror on drywall without studs?

If there aren’t any studs, or they’re not in a convenient position, you will need to use a wall anchor in the form of a rawl plug or toggle bolt that expands and secures behind the plaster wall.

Where people can slip up: Not choosing a wall anchor with the right weight capacity for your mirror or the right length to extend beyond the wall and expand behind it. If this is the case, you could be looking at serious damage to your plaster wall and a broken mirror!

If you’re unsure you have the correct fittings for your type of wall, holler for the help of an experienced handyperson.

How to hang a heavy mirror on a brick wall

Similar to a plaster wall, a brick wall will require a wall anchor when installing a heavy mirror. Make sure you find the right wall anchor that is suitable for masonry walls and really heavy objects.

Important to note: Drilling into a brick requires specific tools, such as a hammer drill and masonry drill bits. If you don’t have the right equipment, a handyperson is your answer.

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What are the best hooks to hang a heavy mirror?

Here are the different types of mirror hooks you might come across:

  • D-rings often come already attached to a mirror, but if not, they can be easily screwed into the back. It may also come with metal wire or a string cord that will need to be attached to the rings. Make sure to twist the wire around the rings securely or tie an unslippable knot if it’s string. For D-rings, you’ll need one or two picture hooks securely affixed to your wall, which have been carefully measured. Hang the wire or string onto the wall hooks and manipulate the mirror until it hangs straight.

Caution: Be aware that wire can snap or pull out of the frame. Check the weight of your mirror and the capacity of the wire before using this option.

How to hang a heavy mirror without wire

  • A keyhole fixing or a serrated plate on the back of your mirror will need a heavy-duty nail, screw with rawl plug.
  • Mirror plates are sometimes already fixed on the back of a mirror, and some plates are meant to be seen on the top rim of the mirror. These will need good quality, heavy-duty screws and raw plugs to secure the mirror to the wall.
  • Straphangers are another fixing you might find supplied with heavy mirrors. They look like a short belt and will need to attach to a J-hook on the wall.

How to hang heavy mirror without nails

Heavy-duty adhesive pads can be used to attached items to your walls without the need for drilling or banging nails, however, these should only be used for the lightest of wall hangings.

Top tip: If you can’t make holes in your wall, why not prop your heavy mirror on a fireplace, dresser, or sideboard instead? That way you won’t risk the mirror falling off the wall.

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Is it possible to hang a heavy mirror on a tiled wall?

Hanging a heavy mirror on a tile wall requires experience and skill as you’ll need to be aware of how to drill through tiles, as well as the type of wall behind it. A glass and ceramic drill will be needed, however, if you don’t want to risk cracking your tiles, call in a professional.

How much does hanging a mirror cost to be installed by a professional?

The average UK hourly rate of a handyperson is £20 – £30 per hour, but charges can range depending on their skill-set and your location. Inevitably, the hourly rate will increase in London and other big cities where the demand is higher.

It’s worth noting that most handypeople have a minimum call-out fee of £40 – £50, so you may want to make a list of small jobs you need to do before making the call. With this in mind, the average cost to hire a handyperson is £60.

For more information, read our guide to handyperson costs.

How do you hang a heavy mirror without a frame?

Mirror clips are ideal for a heavy mirror without a frame. The slide onto the edges of the mirror and then screw into the wall behind. For a large frameless mirror without screw holes, fix three mirror clips at the top and bottom of the mirror.

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