How to Hang a Mirror On Plasterboard?

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How to Hang a Mirror On Plasterboard? A frequently asked question as many are concerned if the wall will be strong enough.

Combine both decor and function by hanging a stunning mirror. The following article will give you expert advice. First consider, where to hang a mirror. Second, the different wall types and the correct fixings required to complete the job. Third, how to hang a wall mirror with ease.

1. Where to hang a wall mirror

  • Living Room Mirror. You may wish to make the most of the afternoon light so place the mirror on the wall opposite the window. If you want to achieve more light in your living room, hang the mirror on the right or left hand wall to the window.
  • Kitchen & Dining Room Mirror. The kitchen or dining room is one of the most popular spaces for a dramatic mirror. Often the hub of the home or the place many friend gather, a wall mirror will create an instant wow factor. Especially if there’s modern pendent light or a beautiful chandelier to reflect. If you feel the exposed bulbs will create to much glaze, try an antique glass mirror to diffuse it.
  • Bedroom Mirror. A full length mirror is the perfect choice for any bedroom! A full length mirror makes dressing so convenient. You have. number of options. Hang a wall mirror on the wall, position a leaner mirror against an available wall or purchase and position a free standing mirror. If you are out of space hang it on the bedroom door or closet door.
  • Bathroom Mirror. Although a bathroom mirror gets clouded, you could not live without it. Over the sink is the most popular place. A mirror over the bathtub can help make a small bath look larger. Bathroom are often small spaces, so a hanging a mirror in the bathroom will instantly make it feel more spacious and lighter.
  • Hallway Mirrors. It’s a wonderful idea to hang a mirror near your front door. You’ll be able to do a last-minute check on your hair before answering the door! A dark long hallway will instantly appear more spacious with a strategically-placed mirror. This will help reflect what little light there may be.
  • Office Mirror. If your desk faces the wall, you might consider hanging a mirror above it. It will make your home office area feel larger and brighter. It will reflect the area making your space feel bigger and it will give you an idea of what’s is going on behind you.
  • Fireplace Mirror. A perfect way to add warmth to the room is to install a mirror over the fireplace. An over mantle mirror will reflect the activities in the room. To make the room feel bigger, hang a mirror either side of the fireplace.
  • Children’s Bedroom. Children love looking at themselves in a mirror. A mirror at the eye level of a child not only keeps them occupied but encourages a child to talk, inspect and imagine. Be sure that the mirror is hung well against the wall.

Top tip: If you are concerned if a mirror will look to big or to small against your chosen wall. Using newspaper, cut out and stick together the overall size of your mirror. Then blue tac the newspaper cutout to the wall.

2. Wall types

We have listed the most common forms of walls. Depending on the age and type of your property there may be variations. Most walls may include two types of materials.

  • Plasterboard (featuring stud work)
  • Plasterboard (featuring bonding adhesive known as dot and dab)
  • Concrete block or brick (solid masonry wall)
  • Lath and plaster
  • Tiled (solid masonry wall) Read our other blog
  • Wood (solid masonry wall) Read our other blog

What is plasterboard?

plasterSimply put plasterboard consists of two layers of lining paper holding a inner layer of plaster in place. The plaster, known as gypsum is a soft mineral. Dehydrated gypsum (or plaster) became known as plaster of Paris used in the art and the medical field. Upon addition of water, after some time plaster of Paris becomes regular gypsum (dihydrated) again, causing the material to set in ways that are useful for casting and construction. The word Gypsum comes from the Greek word when translated meaning ‘plaster’. Mainly used as a finish for internal walls and ceilings, and known in the construction world as drywall, but we will call it plasterboard.

Plasterboard was introduced to Britain around 1916. Although the British building industry was initially slow to adopt this new product, in 1927 sales gradually increased. A more modern factory was purchased and able to keep up with the demand. Today, plasterboard is mainly used for internal partition walls.

Plasterboard featuring stud work

Stud work is the supportive framework of a wall or partition. A stud wall comprises of a frame of timber (or metal) secured to the floor, ceiling and walls. The stud frame is then covered with plasterboard. Studs are the centre parts. Studs form walls and generally carry vertical lands such as a partition wall which separate spaces.

Plasterboard featuring dot and dabs

Dot and dab became prevalent in England in late 1970’s. It quickly became popular die to its low cost, fast installation, quicker drying time and ease of finish. Walls finished this way can be painted almost immediately. This form of wall can be used as both wooden and masonry walls and ceilings. The process involves plasterboard being directly attached to wood or masonry walls or ceilings using dots and dabs of adhesive.

What is lath and plaster?

materialLath and plaster was a building process used before the introduction of plasterboard. Used to finish mainly interior partition walls and ceilings until the 1930’s.

To partition a room, wooden laths made from hardwood. To improve the strength and durability of the laths, the lengths of timber followed the grain. These narrow strips of wood (laths) were nailed in between but horizontally across the upright wall studs or joists. Plaster was then applied upward and over the wall, covering and forcing the plaster into all the gaps in between the wooden laths and joists.

If you have a property predating the 1930’s and are wishing to hang a mirror on the wall, please follow this process. Its important you use a detector to first find where your electric wires, pipes and screws are so you can avoid these. Then seek out where the upright joist or studs are positioned. It is these upright wooden joists you will need to screw into. If you are unable to find any in the right place, then batten across the wall from 2 studs you can find the mount your mirror of the batten.

Metal Jet plug

Suitable for: Plaster board wall

jetplug

A brad point self drill fixing with deep cutting threads providing a non expansion fix in softer board materials, back twist lock to prevent fixing body disengaging when unscrewing the fixture.

3. How to hang a mirror on a plasterboard wall?

How to hang a mirror on a stud wall?

How to hang a mirror on a dot and dab wall?

Tools and Materials needed: Your required fixing, pencil, paper, tape measure, spirit level, standard drill, correct size drill bit, screwdriver drill bit, strong picture hanging hooks and a helping hand!

You may choose to fit a batten also to the wall using the steps outlined above. You could fit a batten to the wall first and once secure hang your mirror onto this using suitable screws and hanging fixings.

Never drill above or below light switches or plug sockets. Watch out for pipes behind the wall and other utilities. Use a stud detector.

If unsure, use an electronic stud detector to check for electric cables and pipes before drilling. These can be purchased online or through any good DIY store.

  1. With a pencil mark the place where you want the top and center of your mirror to be on your wall.
  2. On the rear of the mirror find the center and mark with a pencil.
  3. Measure the distance from the center to each strap hanger centre. Write these down!
  4. Measure from the top of the mirror frame to the centre of the hollow ring on the strap hanger. Write this distance down.
  5. Transfer these measurements using your spirit level and tape measure on to the wall where you will hang the mirror.
  6. Double check that your marks on the wall line up with the strap hangers and that they are level.
  7. Drill your holes as required as set out in the steps stated in the data sheet for your wall type. The spiral fixing should sit flush with the wall.
  8. Once you have a suitable fixing in place, hang your mirror with the strap hangers onto the fixings that you have fitted to the wall.
  9. Well done!

 

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