Hanging a Mirror 

Not all mirrors are meant to be hung some are designed to lean, it’s noted on the back, and if you do hang it and it breaks, a manufacturer’s liability won’t cover it.

A cable wire hung across a single hook or nail is out of the question when it comes to safely hanging a mirror. Instead, each D hook on the back of the mirror needs its own hook in the wall.

Consider a tilt hanging a mirror high on the wall at a downward tilt so it reflects more of the room.

 

HOW TO HANG A MIRROR…

Above the mantel: Position it at least 4-5 inches above the top of the mantel. But depending on the thickness of the frame, you may want to go higher so you don’t get a dark shadow cast on your decor.

In the bathroom: While many bathroom sinks will come with frameless mirrors mounted on the wall with adhesive add a frame around that mirror for added visual interest. This is relatively less expensive option than breaking the mirror off the wall and starting from scratch.

Over difficult surfaces: Make sure to pick up special drill bits made exclusively for tile, glass, or concrete . Then resume hanging with appropriate hardware as if you were hanging on drywall.

On the door: Choose a full-length mirror and position it so it takes up as much of the door as possible. Mirror clips are an easy way to execute this make sure that you have a solid core door to work with so hardware will fasten in properly.

 

WHERE TO HANG A MIRROR

In a living room:  You’ll want to make the most of cozy afternoon light, so place the mirror on the wall opposite the window. If it’s a bedroom, or somewhere you want to capitalize on morning light, try the adjacent window.

The dining room is one of the most popular spaces for dramatic mirrors, especially if there’s a beautiful chandelier to reflect. But, be mindful. If it’s a chandelier with an exposed bulb, the reflection can be glaring. Instead, try an antiqued mirror to diffuse it.

Entry hall is one of the best places in the house for a mirror. Not only is is a beautiful accent, it’s a tool to make a space look larger and brighter.

 

TIPS AND TRICKS

Tall rooms benefit from vertical mirrors, while long rooms do better with a horizontally-set mirror.

Think twice before installing a mirror on anything that has a lot of movement. Another risky place that you shouldn’t try on your own: Above the bed. If you’re considering that, you should make sure to get a pro in to get the job done safely.

A bold move deserves bold execution: Install the front-most mirror on a cable system that can then be wrapped in rope, or other decorative materials.

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