Expert step by step advice on how to hang a wall mirror. First consider, the type of wall you wish to hang your mirror upon, then, the correct fixings required to complete the job with ease.
How to hang a wall mirror?
Although we advise getting professional help, however, if you wish to do it yourself, here are the things to consider and the steps to follow to complete the job.
CAUTION! Do not drill directly above sockets or light switches. Check for electric cables, water pipes, studs and other utilities before drilling.
TOP TIP! If you are concerned that your mirror may look to big or not big enough using paper, make a template of the overall mirror size. Then blue tac it to the wall.
TOOLS: 1. Pencil 2. Tape measure 3. Testing implement 4. Drill 5. Screw driver 6. Spirit level (if you have one).
1. Wall fixings.
Plasterboard walls: Spiral fixings and screws.
Solid masonry walls: Wall plugs and screws.
Measurement 1: Reveal the back of the mirror. Measure and write down the distance from the centre (hallow hole) of the left hand mirror hook to the centre of the right hand mirror hook.
Measurement 2: Measure and write down the distance from the very top of the mirror down to the centre of the mirror hook.
3. Mark the wall.
- A) Mark where you want the top of your mirror and the middle of the mirror to be. This measurement (and this measurement only) can be done by eye or through measuring the wall space. We have marked the top and middle with a yellow sticker.
- B) With Measurement 2 (the distance from the very top of the mirror down to the centre of the mirror hook) mark the wall clearly. This is your half way point.
- C) Half Measurement 1 (the distance from the centre or hallow of the left hand mirror hook to the centre of the right hand mirror hook) and from your half-way point on the wall, measure and mark to the right with half of your measurement 1. This is the mark for your right- hand wall fixing.
Repeat the process for the left-hand fixing. With half of Measurement 1 measure and mark from the half-way point on the wall now out to the left. This is the mark for your left- hand wall fixing.
4. Check the level.
With a spirit level if you have one, check that the level between you two wall fixing marks are straight.
5. Drill a hole.
Using a drill with a 3mm drill bit (or a bradel), drill a small pilot hole.
6. Check for utilities.
With a blunt wooden implement (like a kebab stick), check for any utilities that may be behind the plasterboard. If you can push the implement carefully through for approximately 2 inches then you will be fine.
7. Fit the fixings.
- A) Gently screw the fixing into the wall. Do not over tighten. Ensure the fixing is flush with the wall. You can do this with a drill or screwdriver.
- B) Screw the screw into the fixing. Allow the screw to protrude enough to safely hold the mirror hook. Repeat the process for the left-hand fixing.
8. Hang your mirror!
From the back of the mirror pull out both mirror hooks. With assistance lift and hang your mirror from your new wall fixings.
Congratulations! Job done. Caution! Watch out for studs, electric cables, gas and water pipes. We advise getting professional help, however if you wish to do it yourself, we hope the above steps have been helpful. Soraya Interiors can not be held responsible for any damage you may cause to your property while you carry out this task. Now, How to keep your mirror clean!
For a plasterboard wall with a stud: You will require a long screw. Screw this into the wooden stud until you have a firm hold but the screw protrudes our from the wall enough to hang the mirror off.
For a plasterboard wall with dot and dab and using Grip It Fixings: The dab of plaster makes the wall thicker. The under cutter tool sold with the Grip It Fixing pack will cut a recess into the thicker plaster to allow the wings on the Grip It to open. Then, Tap the Grip It fixings in place and turn until you feel the wings have fully opened. The screw should protrude out from the fixing just enough for the strap hangers to hang of.
How to hang a mirror on a masonry wall?
Wall plugs are made specifically for solid masonry walls. They also come with a high impact load and knock in protection which prevents distortion on installation. The small wings stop rotation when the fixings are being screwed.
Using a masonry drill, drill a small hole into the wall. The hole you drill should be the same size as your wall plug. Then hammer gently the wall plug into the hole until flush with the wall. Finish by screwing the screws into the wall plugs, leaving enough space just to hold the strap hanger from the mirror.
How to hang a garden mirror?
We advise that you purchase a garden mirror which has been designed for outdoor use. Our garden mirrors here at Soraya Interiors have been frost protected with a powder. A garden mirror can be hung from a shed, fence or masonry wall.
To hang a mirror from the shed or fence, use long enough screws. If you feel that the fence or shed is to thin, we suggest you use a batten. This can used either on the outside or behind the wooden structure you are hanging off. To hang a garden wall mirror from a solid masonry wall, use masonry fixings.
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)
- Lath and plaster
- Concrete block or brick (solid masonry wall)
- Tiled (solid masonry wall)
What is plasterboard?
Plasterboard consists of two layers of lining paper holding a inner layer of plaster in place. The plaster 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. Mainly used as a finish for internal walls and ceilings, and also known in the construction world as drywall.
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.
Over the years, many have struggled to find a plasterboard fixing that can hold heavy furnishings such as shelves, wall mirrors, art work and cabinets. Gripit provide an instant solution to what was an enduring problem. Gripit plasterboard fixings hold hold up 74kg with no need for battens, wall modifications or compromises. These fixings save time, money and labour. The unique gripping wings allow Gripit to be installed in walls with extremely limited cavity space.
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 dab
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.
For a stud, dot and dab, double thickness or insulated plasterboard wall you need our undercutting tool. This creates a recess to allow the gripping wings of the grip It Fixing to open. You can purchase the undercutting tool with your fixings.
What is lath and plaster?
Lath 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.
How to hang a mirror on a lath and plaster wall?
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 and then mount your mirror from the batten. Use long enough screws purchased from a DIY store to grip into the wooden stud.
What is a masonry wall?
There are various types of masonry walls used in building construction. Masonry walls are the most durable part of any building or structure. The word masonry is the word used for construction with mortar as a binding material with individual units of stones, bricks, concrete blocks and tiles etc.
With the onset of the Industrial Revolution, the production of bricks increased to a large extent with the rise of factory building in England. In London, the bright red brick was chosen for construction, interestingly, in order to make the buildings more visible in the heavily polluted fog so as to prevent traffic accidents.
Although mainly used on exterior walls, bricks are often used as internal partition walls in older properties, refurbished barns and factories. While aged bricks are visual a beautiful feature in an house, care is needed when hanging a mirror. Unlike a soft plasterboard or lath and plaster covered wall, masonry tools and fixings will be required for a brick concrete or tiled wall.