How to Hang A Frameless Mirror

Frameless mirrors are a great addition to any bathroom or bathroom. They can hang flush with the wall, take up less space and can be hung behind doors or in closets. Unfortunately, the frame on a mirror is usually where the hanging hardware is mounted. This means that frameless mirrors, while useful, can be difficult to hang. However, with the right tools, a little bit of time and perhaps the help of a friend, you should have no trouble hanging your frameless mirror.

Here’s what you’ll want to do:

Choose How You Want To Hang Your Frameless Mirror

Depending on how large and how heavy your mirror is, you may want to hang it with mounting clips and bolts or with adhesive tape. Clips and bolts are recommended, but double-sided tape can be used if your mirror is light enough.  It is important to note, however, that double-sided tape will pull paint and drywall off of your wall when it’s removed.

Gather Your Materials

In addition to your frameless mirror, you’ll want to collect the materials that you need to hang it. If you are going with the clips-and-bolts method, you’ll want the mounting clips, a drill, screws, a level, a pen or pencil and a stud locator. If you’re planning to hang the mirror on drywall, you’ll probably also want some toggle bolts.

If you’re planning to use adhesives to hang the mirror, you should find a strong double-sided tape such as 3M double-stick foam tape. You’ll probably also want a level and a pencil for this method, too.  

Find Your Hanging Spot

If you have a stud finder, use it to locate the studs within the wall. These will make it easier for you to mount the hanging clips. If you want to hang the mirror in a spot with no studs behind it, you’ll need to use the wobble bolts.

Have a friend help you to hold up the mirror in the spot where you want to hang it. If no one is helping you, prop the mirror up on books, blocks or milk crates and mark the corners with your writing utensil. Use your level to ensure that the mirror is not tilted.  

Mount the Hanging Clips

Use a screw to mount one hanging clip directly to the wall in the spot where you marked the mirror’s bottom corner.  Do the same thing on the opposite corner. Sometimes it will help, after you’ve mounted one clip, to insert the mirror into the clip and make sure that the opposite corner lines up with the spot you marked.  If it doesn’t, you can re-mark the corner. Once both bottom clips are mounted, you can rest the mirror in them.  

Multiple frameless mirrors with hanging clips and spacers

Multiple frameless mirrors with hanging clips and spacers

If a friend is present, have them hold the mirror while you mount the top two hanging clips. If not, you can carefully prop the mirror up against the wall while you drill the clips in.

You’ll most likely find that, when hanging on drywall, you’ll have to use some combination of wood screws and toggle bolts. It is recommended that you don’t rely on only toggle bolts to hang a mirror and hang at least one side of the mirror on studs. This will ensure that your mirror hangs for as long as possible and greatly reduces the risk of mirror-related accidents.  

My best as always

- John

Design School

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