How to Mount a Large Mirror on the Wall

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How to Mount a Large Mirror on the Wall
Large mirrors may be heavy, so it's important to have volunteers and the right tools when mounting one on the wall. (the mirror image by Jan Will from

While a large mirror can be both practical and add to your home's decor, the process of mounting it to the wall poses a challenge. Large mirrors, particularly those in ornate frames, tend to be quite heavy. Because of this, regular nails may not be sturdy enough to support your large mirror. The proper materials for mounting a heavy picture or mirror frequently come as a package you can purchase at your local hardware store.

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Things you need

  • Mirror
  • Mounting brackets
  • Pencil
  • Anchor bolts
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Measuring tape
  • Stud finder

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  1. 1

    Have one or two volunteers hold the mirror against the wall in the spot where you wish to mount it. Trace around the four corners of the mirror on the wall with the pencil. Set the mirror aside.

  2. 2

    Measure one third of the way in from both the top left and right corners. Mark each spot with your pencil, creating two equidistant marks along where the top of the frame would be. Repeat this step with the bottom left and right corners.

  3. 3

    Place the stud finder against these four markings to see if there is a stud behind any of them. If so, you may have to shift the mirror's location, or find a new location.

  4. 4

    Insert a screw into each marking with the screwdriver. Remove the screw, leaving four holes. Insert one anchor bolt into each hole and screw them in securely. Place a screw with the brackets into each hole and screw them into the bolts in all four spots.

  5. 5

    Have your volunteers help you pick up the mirror and slide it in so that the edge of the mirror is within the bracket slots. Step back (having the volunteers continue to hold the mirror) to be sure it is level and straight.

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