How to Hang a Heavy Mirror

How to Hang a Heavy Mirror

Some people feel like lath and plaster walls are a selling point when they look for old homes.   While I can agree that it testifies to a legit vintage home, it does mean that hanging pictures in going to prove to be quite the challenge.

And heavy things like mirrors- well, let’s just say, you better be strategic.

Here are some of our best tips for hanging a really heavy piece of wall decor.

I found this gorgeous mirror at a garage sale for $10 (I know! Right!)

It is abnormally heavy and isn’t something I can quickly hang on the wall, but neverthless, it can be done.

How to Hang a Heavy Mirror

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  • First, you will need to see if there are any studs that you can anchor into. This is the vest best way to hang things.  I once knew a guy who would ONLY hang things where there was stud so his wife had to put up with oddly placed wall decor.  I was kind of miffed at him.  So, don’t do that, just use the stud if you can.
    • To find a stud, you can use a stud finder or just tap on the wall, listening for a change of sound.
    • Usually, you will find a stud 16 inches from a corner and every 16 inches after that.
    • Don’t be afraid to hammer a nail in to test it and see if there really is a stud.
  • I suggest purchasing a picture hanging kit, so you have braided wire, D-rings, molly screws and brackets.

How to Hang Heavy Mirror Without Studs by sheholdsdearly.com

  • Add a screw and bracket to the stud, if you have one.
  • Then, add another bracket by using a molly and screw(s).  Using two brackets will help to keep the mirror/ picture level.

How to Hang Heavy Mirror on Lath and Plaster by sheholdsdearly.com

  • Now, turn your attention the the actual piece you are getting ready to hang.
    • Check to ensure that the D-rings are in good condition and replace, as needed.
    • Add a length of braided picture wire between the two D-rings, as needed.  Cut it extra long for some lift and 6 inch tails on either side.  Wrap these around the center piece until they are completely entertwined.

Hanging a Heavy Mirror by sheholdsdearly.com

  • Now your picture should be ready to hang!  If you find that it too low or too high, just unwind one side of the wire to make the adjustment.

Watch this video to see how easy it is!

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2 Comments

  1. Annie
    October 28, 2018 / 7:20 AM

    I had the same tragedy happen to me one time. It was a mirror that belonged to my mom and after hanging for 60 years, it decided to jump off the wall. The mirror crashed to the tile floor below. I was heartbroken and became moreso when I went to replace the bevel edged mirror, quite expensive! My whole reason for telling you this is IF you love you very heavy mirror for whatever reason, either take it to a reputable frame shop and have the proper hanging hardware installed by a professional or have the same done at your glass and mirror store. They not only are very knowledgeable about keeping glass from shattering but know how to install the hardware so you won’t have to wind up throwing your beautiful mirror away. In other words, on this, you’re better off not DIYing. THEN I would almost bet you that they would suggest hanging it on 2 pieces of wall hardware that are on each edge of the mirror (the width of the mirror) not just in the middle. It will be much more secure. Trust me on this one because again, I know of which I speak. It took two of us to get the mirror up on the wall but it’s up there and it’s not coming down until I take it down and trust me, it’s been backed up into and it didn’t move!
    So, if you have an unusual attachment, like me lol, to your very heavy mirror do yourself a favor and have it done right the first time so you don’t have to experience the pain of losing something beautiful you love.

  2. Jackie B
    October 30, 2018 / 3:47 AM

    I too have had a beautiful antique mirror jump off he wall! I now have a mirror that weighs around 80 lbs that We ordered a 40” French Cleat for. We purchased it on Amazon and are thrilled with the stability our mirror has. Your post is such a good one to remind us to be safe instead of sorry!

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