How to hang large mirror on wall

Written by brenda priddy | 13/05/2017
How to hang large mirror on wall
Wall studs will support the weight of a large hanging mirror. (mirror tray image by jimcox40 from

Large mirrors instantly add class and space to any room. Many large mirrors come with framing that adds elegance to the room in which the mirrors are placed. Hanging a large mirror does not have to be an overwhelming process. With the right tools and hanging method, it is possible to safely hang a mirror that will not fall, sag or look crooked.

Look at the back of your mirror to see what kind of hanger is included. If your mirror does not already have a wire hanger, then you will need to add one.

Measure about 4 inches down from the top on each side of the back mirror frame. Drill a small start hole with the drill. Screw the D ring screws into the drilled holes.

Cut wire that is slightly longer than double the measurement of your mirror. Twist the wire in half.

Thread one end of the wire through one D ring. Twist the loose end of the wire around the long end of the wire several times to hold it in place. Use the flat nose pliers to squeeze the pieces of wire together so they do not come undone.

Repeat for the other D ring and side of wire. Leave about 1/2 inch of give in the wire strung across the back of the mirror. This will allow the mirror to hang from the wire without creating too much tension. If the wire is too tight, the mirror will fall easily.

Locate the wall studs. Mark their placement on the wall with a small pencil mark. You will hang the mirror across two studs. If you absolutely must hang the mirror where there are no studs, screw an expandable molly anchor into the wall where you want to hang the mirror.

Hold the mirror up against the wall where you want it to go. Note the placement of the studs between the sides of the mirror. Use the level to ensure the mirror is hanging level, and mark the two top corners of the mirror with a pencil.

Measure the distance from the top corner of the mirror to the wire. Copy this measurement on the wall, and make a small mark for placement of the two screws.

Screw a 2-inch screw into the wall and at both studs (or molly anchors), allowing about 1/3 inch of the screw to protrude from the wall.

Hang the mirror over the two screws. The studs are strong enough to safely hold up the mirror.

Things you need

  • Large mirror
  • D ring screws
  • Level
  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • 18-gauge wire
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Drill
  • Measuring tape
  • 2-inch screws
  • Power screwdriver
  • Molly screw anchors (optional)

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