Once you’ve chosen the perfect mirror to fit your space, it’s essential that it’s hung correctly so you get the full impact from your purchase and create the best possible feature in your room. With our huge range of mirrors in different shapes and sizes you’ll have no trouble getting the look you want but it can often be daunting when it comes to the hanging of your mirror… We’re here to help! With this simple how to guide, you’ll have that new mirror up in no time!
Choose the perfect spot
You’ll probably have a good idea where you want to hang your new mirror already, but it’s important when you get your new purchase home to re-evaluate and ensure you’ve chosen the best place for your mirror.
The dining room is one of the most popular areas to hang a large mirror, as the impact can be incredibly striking and can create the perfect atmosphere when entertaining. It’s worth just bearing in mind that any light will be reflected from the mirror so it could potentially create a nasty glare instead of the natural, welcoming glow you were going for.
To maximise the size of an entryway or hallway, a mirror can be a great tool to make your space appear larger and brighter. Rooms with high ceilings benefit from long vertical mirrors to emphasise and draw attention to the space, whilst narrow, lengthy rooms would better benefit from a horizontally set mirror that will utilise the space you have. In essence work with what you’ve got!
Another massively popular location for mirrors is above a fireplace. To create a professional finish, look to have the bottom of your frame at least four to five inches above your mantelpiece. Depending on the thickness of your frame, you may find you need to go higher to avoid a shadow being cast onto the mantel.
Step by step guide
Once you’ve got your mirror ready for the perfect spot in your house, you’re all set to get cracking with the hanging! Here’s our simple step by step guide on how to perfectly hang your mirror;
- Hold your mirror flush against the wall where you want to hang it. Check it’s not wonky with a spirit level.
- With a pencil, mark where the top two corners meet the wall.
- Using a tape measure, mark on the wall the halfway point between these two marks.
- Measure the distance on your mirror between the top edge of the frame and where the pre-attached hanger(s) sit. Then;
- For mirrors with one central hook: Transfer this measurement (the distance from top of frame to hanger) onto your wall by measuring down from the central point. Make a mark where you need your picture hook.
For mirrors with two hooks: Place some low-tack masking tape between your two pre-attached hangers on the mirror and mark exactly where the hangers lie. Mark a point halfway between the two measurements on the tape. Measure down from your central point on the wall (with the distance from top of frame to hangers) and place the tape underneath with the two central points matching up. Make your two marks where you’ll need your picture hooks.
- For lightweight frames, picture hooks are the perfect tool to get the job done. Remember to ensure the actual hooks will sit where you’ve marked rather than the nail so you get the desired finish.
- Hang your mirror and check it’s perfect with a spirit level – readjust if necessary.
- Admire yourself (and your handiwork) in your new reflection!
Top tip: This guide is perfect for lightweight frames on drywalls. For heavier frames and if you’re looking to hang onto a more difficult surface such as a masonry wall, tiles or concrete it’s best to take advice on choosing the most appropriate drill bit, wall plugs and screws to get the job done.
For small frames, you can make life even simpler with hanging strips, which come off cleanly and don’t require the use of any nails!
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