How to Hang a Heavy Mirror
How to Hang a Heavy Mirror
Many mirrors nowadays can be extremely heavy due to their decorative frames or high quality glass. If you are planning on hanging your mirror on the wall there are certain precautions you should take. With many walls in new homes now being made with plasterboard it is important that you check the weight of your mirror.
At Exclusive Mirrors most of our mirrors are supplied with fittings on the back therefore making it quick and easy for you to install your new mirror. If you are installing a lighter mirror a simple raw plug and screw will suffice. We would recommend you hang mirrors of up to 50kg on a plasterboard wall without any specialist installation. If you are installing a mirror of a heavier weight you should follow the simple steps in this guide. Many modern walls in homes are very sturdy and often take the weight of heavy plasma TV screens.
If you are looking to create a contemporary feel in your home a great alternative to hanging your mirror on wall is to lean the mirror up against the wall. This creates a stylish, ultra-modern look in your home. Large, heavy mirrors require something more substantial than a standard picture frame bracket.
We would advise that you use a heavy duty plaster board fitting to provide you with that additional support and peace of mind. When it then comes to hanging your mirror this will create a sturdy fitting to secure your mirror safely on the wall. In this guide we offer 4 quick and easy steps which you should follow in order to successfully hang your heavy mirror on the wall.
Step 1- Make a mark on your Mirror When installing your mirror on to a plasterboard wall you should measure the distance between the fittings that you have installed onto the back of your mirror. You should also measure the distance from the top of the mirror to your fittings.
Stet 2 Make a mark on your wall as an indicator Place your heavy duty fitting up to the wall and mark where you would like the plug to fit. You must ensure that you choose a position on your wall you are happy with as once installed the fitting cannot be removed. This provides a strong hold ensuring your mirror will be extremley secure. These fittings can also be re-used as the fitting remains in the wall.
Step 3 Screw in the heavy duty fittingThere are various options available when it comes to heavy duty fittings. For lighter mirrors we would suggest you use an everyday medium fitting. For extremley heavy duty mirrors we would suggest you use the plasterboard anchor that has a high load capacity. (these are generally used for the fitting of kitchen wall cabinets).
The heavy duty spring fittings cant be screwed in therefore you will need to drill a hole in your plasterboard around (8-10mm deep) and insert the toggle. Once you have inserted the toggle it will spring out behind your plasterboard meaning it is extremely secure. You should then begin to tighten the bolt with a screwdriver. *Ensure you do not over tighten the toggle as you do not want to risk shattering the plasterboard. Below is an example of a heavy duty plasterboard fitting.
Step 4 Hang your mirror Place your mirror using the D shape bracket onto the hook that you have created on your wall. Your mirror will sit securely on your wall and should not require any further fittings to keep it stable. If you like you can use a spirit level to ensure your mirror is hanging straight. Once done you will have successfully mounted your mirror. We hope this guide has been helpful and has helped you successfully hang your own mirror.
If you require further information on any of our mirrors or would like assistance please call us on 01709 477701. Look out for more of our tips and advice on our blogs.
The Exclusive Mirrors Team x