How to Hang a Mirror on a Plaster Wall

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How to Hang a Mirror on a Plaster Wall
Mirrors can be heavy and difficult to hang. (Candlestick in the Mirror image by Arne Bramsen from

Securing mirrors or pictures onto plaster can be quite a challenge. The typical screws and nails merely damage the plaster and cannot grasp onto anything to secure the mirror--that is, unless you are lucky enough to screw into a wall stud. Fortunately there are wall anchors such as an expanding plastic sleeve that spreads its anchors to grab onto the plaster. These anchors allow you to hang mirrors, pictures, paintings and shelves onto plaster securely.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Laser level
  • Electric drill
  • Drill bit
  • Four expanding plastic sleeves
  • Hammer
  • Four mirror clips
  • Four screws
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Measure the length and height of your mirror frame with a tape measure. Measure from the bottom left corner to the bottom right corner and from the top left corner to the top right corner. Measure from the bottom left corner to the top left corner and from the bottom right corner to the top right corner.

  2. 2

    Measure the area where you will hang the mirror. On the plaster, mark the locations of the bottom two corners with a pencil where the mirror will hang.

  3. 3

    Place a laser level at the bottom left corner mark, and point the laser towards the bottom right corner mark. Make sure the marks are level. If not, make new marks that are level. Do the same with the top left corner and top right corner.

  4. 4

    Drill a hole in the area of the first corner using an electric drill that will fit the plastic sleeve. Use a drill bit that is the same size as the plastic sleeve. You want the plastic sleeve to fit snug in the hole.

  5. 5

    Tap the plastic sleeve gently with a hammer. Stop tapping the sleeve once the anchor flange seats against the plaster.

  6. 6

    Place a mirror clip against the plastic sleeve, and screw a screw into the clip with a screwdriver just enough so the screw does not fall out.

  7. 7

    Continue drilling the holes, installing the plastic sleeves and adding the mirror clips until all four corners are completed.

  8. 8

    Twist the top two mirror clips so they are facing upside down.

  9. 9

    Slide your mirror down into the mirror clips. Hold the bottom part of the mirror flesh against the wall a few inches above the mirror clips. Easily slide the mirror down the wall until the bottom corners of the mirror sit inside the mirror clips.

  10. 10

    Tighten the screw inside the bottom two mirror clips with a screwdriver until the clips are secure against the mirror and wall.

  11. 11

    Twist the top two mirror clips back in the correct position while holding the top part of the mirror against the wall.

  12. 12

    Tighten the top two screws with a screwdriver until the mirror clips are secure.

Tips and warnings

  • Using a laser level on the pencil marks will save you from having to drill extra holes in your wall if the marks are not level.

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