Hanging Bathroom Mirror

Hanging Bathroom Mirror

Under 2 hours Update your bath with a new framed or frameless mirror. Here’s how There are two main types of bath mirrors: framed and frameless. Most framed mirrors are hung with brackets or wires in the same way you’d hang a picture frame. Frameless mirrors may use special clips or rest on top of a vanity with adhesive to hold them in place. This guide will teach you how to install either of these bathroom mirrors. WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT Cordless drill Screwdriver Stud finder Mirror Mirror adhesive Mirror brackets Clips Picture wire TOOLS Cordless drill Screwdriver Stud finder MATERIALS Mirror Mirror adhesive Mirror brackets Clips Picture wire 1 Preparation and safety • If possible, use the studs behind the wall to support your mirror. Gather any mounting hardware you plan to use, and if you are using mounting brackets, be sure to place them on a level plane so that they will equally support the weight of the mirror. • Have someone help you if you’re installing a large mirror. Be sure your hardware is rated to handle the weight of your mirror. • If you live in a seismic zone, consult your local building requirements for any additional installation guidance for larger mirrors. 2 Framed mirrors • If the mirror frame does not already have a bracket centered at the top of the frame, connect a wire between two side brackets so that the curve of the wire when pulled tight is slightly below the top of the frame. • Twist the wire around itself several times and use pliers to snip off any extra. • Next, mark the desired location on the wall and attach a properly sized hook. • Hang the mirror wire on the hook and adjust the mirror to make it level. 3 Small frameless mirrors • Small frameless mirrors are usually held in place with clips. First, identify the desired placement of the mirror and determine the number of clips that will be required based on the size of your mirror and the composition of the wall or door where you’re mounting the mirror. • For an inexpensive way to spruce up the look of a frameless mirror, consider adding your own frame using picture frame moulding available at your local Home Depot store. 4 Large frameless mirrors • Large frameless mirrors are often supported directly on the bath countertop backsplash and fixed to the wall using mirror adhesive. • Mark the location of the mirror, then stage the mirror close to its final position. • Apply mirror adhesive to the back of the mirror and/or to the wall, following the manufacturer’s instructions. • Move the mirror into position and support it as recommended by the adhesive manufacturer.
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Hanging Bathroom Mirror

1 Preparation and safety • If possible, use the studs behind the wall to support your mirror. Gather any mounting hardware you plan to use, and if you are using mounting brackets, be sure to place them on a level plane so that they will equally support the weight of the mirror. • Have someone help you if you’re installing a large mirror. Be sure your hardware is rated to handle the weight of your mirror. • If you live in a seismic zone, consult your local building requirements for any additional installation guidance for larger mirrors. 2 Framed mirrors • If the mirror frame does not already have a bracket centered at the top of the frame, connect a wire between two side brackets so that the curve of the wire when pulled tight is slightly below the top of the frame. • Twist the wire around itself several times and use pliers to snip off any extra. • Next, mark the desired location on the wall and attach a properly sized hook. • Hang the mirror wire on the hook and adjust the mirror to make it level. 3 Small frameless mirrors • Small frameless mirrors are usually held in place with clips. First, identify the desired placement of the mirror and determine the number of clips that will be required based on the size of your mirror and the composition of the wall or door where you’re mounting the mirror. • For an inexpensive way to spruce up the look of a frameless mirror, consider adding your own frame using picture frame moulding available at your local Home Depot store. 4 Large frameless mirrors • Large frameless mirrors are often supported directly on the bath countertop backsplash and fixed to the wall using mirror adhesive. • Mark the location of the mirror, then stage the mirror close to its final position. • Apply mirror adhesive to the back of the mirror and/or to the wall, following the manufacturer’s instructions. • Move the mirror into position and support it as recommended by the adhesive manufacturer.
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Hanging Bathroom Mirror

Hanging the Mirror Hang a Mirror Using Hooks Step 1 Hold the mirror in place — close to eye level. Mark the wall near the center of the top edge with a pencil or painter’s tape. CautionEnlist a helper if the mirror is heavy. Step 2 On the back of the mirror you’ll probably see D-rings or a wire. You can hang rings or wire from two hooks on the wall. Step 3 To get the right space between the hooks, stick a long piece of tape on a level and mark the space between the D-rings. Step 4 Set the level aside. Lock one of the mounting hooks on the ring as it will be positioned on the wall. Measure from the mounting hole in the hook to the top of the mirror. Step 5 Transfer this distance to the wall, measuring down from the line you marked in Step 1. Step 6 Center your level on the wall and mark the location for the hook mounting holes. Step 7 If you’re in line with a stud, secure the hardware to it. If not, install a wall anchor and attach the hardware. Good to KnowAll-in-one screw and anchor products are available. Step 8 Add bumpers to the bottom of the mirror to prevent scratching the wall. Step 9 Gently hang the mirror on the hooks. Hang a Mirror Using Cleats Step 1 You can also use metal cleats to hang mirrors with sturdy frames; just follow the package directions. Usually, you position the top cleat at the top of the frame, make shallow holes and attach it with the included screws. Good to KnowUse an awl to make starter holes for the screws. Step 2 On the wall, level the bottom cleat, and secure it with screws. CautionUse wall anchors if the bottom cleat isn’t lined up over wall studs. Step 3 Set the mirror in place.
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Hanging Bathroom Mirror

Hang a Mirror Using Hooks Step 1 Hold the mirror in place — close to eye level. Mark the wall near the center of the top edge with a pencil or painter’s tape. CautionEnlist a helper if the mirror is heavy. Step 2 On the back of the mirror you’ll probably see D-rings or a wire. You can hang rings or wire from two hooks on the wall. Step 3 To get the right space between the hooks, stick a long piece of tape on a level and mark the space between the D-rings. Step 4 Set the level aside. Lock one of the mounting hooks on the ring as it will be positioned on the wall. Measure from the mounting hole in the hook to the top of the mirror. Step 5 Transfer this distance to the wall, measuring down from the line you marked in Step 1. Step 6 Center your level on the wall and mark the location for the hook mounting holes. Step 7 If you’re in line with a stud, secure the hardware to it. If not, install a wall anchor and attach the hardware. Good to KnowAll-in-one screw and anchor products are available. Step 8 Add bumpers to the bottom of the mirror to prevent scratching the wall. Step 9 Gently hang the mirror on the hooks.
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Hanging Bathroom Mirror

Preparation You’ll need to check a few things before you buy the hardware. Step 1 Determine what type of wall you have: drywall, plaster or masonry. To see if you have drywall or plaster, push a tack into the wall. If it goes in easily, it’s drywall. Step 2 A hanging mirror has to have a strong frame. If your new mirror already has hardware attached, it’s safe to hang. If you’re not sure about an old mirror, you can reinforce the frame with angle brackets. Step 3 Weigh the mirror — a bathroom scale works fine. Hardware weight limits are listed on the hardware packaging. Step 4 Pick a spot to hang the mirror. Locating it over a stud is helpful, but not necessary with the right anchors. Always mark the center of the stud, and keep in mind utilities might be attached to it if the stud is near a light switch, outlet or faucet. To learn how to locate studs see How to Find Studs in Walls.
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Hanging Bathroom Mirror

Before you begin your mirror-mounting experience, we need to discuss the actual mirror you choose. I highly recommend having a mirror custom-cut for your space for several reasons. First, a bathroom vanity will generally have a light mounted somewhere above the vanity, typically a foot or two below your ceiling (or at least partway up). This severely limits your options for a large, beautiful, light-bouncing-around-the-bathroom mirror. Secondly, a custom-fit mirror can accommodate odd proportions and obstacles (such as a light) and looks built-in. Thirdly, built-in things always look more expensive and sophisticated.

Hanging Bathroom Mirror

Hanging Bathroom Mirror