6 Steps for Perfect Wall Mirror Installation

A woman looks at a wall mirror.
What You'll Need
Wall mirror, framed or frameless
Mirror mastic adhesive
Wall brackets, set of four
Frame eye hooks, with screw ends
Aluminum wire or fiberglass cord
Tape measure
Carpenter's level or laser level
Pencil and eraser
Power drill and screws, one to two inches long
An assistant

Installing a wall mirror takes preparation and meticulous planning, but can be done with just a few inexpensive materials. Note these 6 steps for perfect mirror installation.

Step 1 - Choose the Place Where You Wish to Hang Your Mirror

Mirrors are a must over a bathroom sink, and near the closet or dresser in a bedroom. They also add light to any room or hallway, so they can add decorative interest throughout the house.

Step 2 - Select a Suitable Mirror Size and Style

Framed mirrors work well in bedrooms to complement the woodwork of headboards, footboards, and storage furnishings. Frameless mirrors suit a bathroom or entryway. They are easy to clean and hang. Antique frameless mirrors with insets and scalloped edging can be both useful and elegant in the foyer.

Step 3 - Choose a Mirror Hanging Method

Bracket suspension works well for mirrors in high-traffic areas such as bathrooms. A hanging wire mounted on the back is the only option for a framed mirror. The most solid and permanent support is provided by adhesive hanging.

Step 4 - Hang a Mirror on Brackets

Measure the total area that the mirror will occupy and draw a pencil frame around it. Mark the four corners where the metal or polyurethane brackets will go. Check that your pencil frame lines are level and perpendicular before drilling the screw holes for the brackets. Drill the screw holes for the bottom left and right brackets. If possible ensure that at least two of the screws go into a wall stud. Attach the two bottom brackets and set the mirror into them. Confirm where the top two screw holes will go before drilling. Remove the mirror and install the top two brackets. Set the mirror into the bottom brackets again and hand-tighten the screws with a screwdriver. Slide the top two brackets over the mirror, and hand-tighten their screws with a screwdriver.

Step 5 - Hang a Framed Mirror from a Wire

Insert two eye hooks into the back of the frame two inches from each edge at the horizontal center line of the mirror. Run fiberglass cord or aluminum wire 2.5 times the width of the mirror through the hooks and secure it near 1 hook. Measure to determine the center point of the mirror's width on the wall, at 60 inches from the floor, and fasten a screw with a butterfly support to the drywall. Hang the mirror, supporting it by the base and release it slowly to distribute the mirror's weight.

Step 6 - Glue a Frameless Mirror to the Wall

Measure and outline the mirror on the wall, checking the lines are level and vertical. Apply mirror mastic in strips at 3-inch intervals to the mirror back. Smooth out the adhesive with a putty blade, and press the mirror firmly and quickly onto the outline.