How to Hang a Bathroom Wall Mirror

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How to Hang a Bathroom Wall Mirror
Bathroom wall mirrors are hung using clips. (man in bathroom mirror image by Leticia Wilson from

Bathroom wall mirrors are typically large pieces of mirror that are cut into a rectangle. They are mounted onto the wall of the bathroom above the sink or vanity area. Homeowners are sometimes confused on how to hang these mirrors since they have flat backs with no visible hooks. The solution is to use special mirror mounting hardware to hang the mirror on the wall. It's a good idea to have another person nearby to help lift the mirror.

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Level
  • Stud finder
  • Drill
  • 1/4-inch drill bit
  • Plastic mirror clips
  • Screw driver
  • Wall anchors (optional)
  • Industrial adhesive (optional)

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  1. 1

    Hold the mirror up to the bathroom wall in the location where you want to install it and place a level on top of the mirror to make sure you have it straight. Have another person trace around the mirror with a pencil to draw an outline onto the wall.

  2. 2

    Hold a stud finder up to the bathroom wall inside the mirror outline. Turn the stud finder on and move it across the wall until it lights up to indicate a wall stud. Place a small pencil mark on the wall in the location and find any remaining wall studs in the area.

  3. 3

    Insert a 1/4-inch drill bit into a drill and create a 1-inch deep hole in the marked wall stud near the left bottom side of the mirror outline.

  4. 4

    Hold a plastic mirror mounting clip against the wall with the open end facing upward and align the screw hole with the drill hole. Insert the screw into the screw hole and secure it with a screwdriver.

  5. 5

    Repeat the drilling and clip installation process to install one to two additional clips along the bottom of the mirror outline.

  6. 6

    Lift the mirror into place and set the bottom edge of the mirror into the clips. Press the mirror against the wall and have the other person hold it in place.

  7. 7

    Install additional mounting clips around the sides and top of the mirror making sure that there are at lease two clips on each side.

Tips and warnings

  • If desired, you can apply industrial strength adhesive to the back of the mirror and press it against the wall until the glue dries. Note that this installation method is permanent and will damage the wall if you try to remove it.
  • If you cannot find a wall stud, insert a wall anchor into the drilled hole before installing the mirror mounting clips.
  • If you wish, you can use long metal strips called "j-channels" to hang the mirror instead of plastic mirror clips.

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