How To Hang Your Frameless Mirror
Mirrors serve as your vanity set which can really brighten up your walls and open up any of your tiny rooms and spaces. They can even be a work of art when mounted on the focal point of your home.
Mirrors can come in many forms, but I will focus on frameless mirrors. These types of mirrors are so popular nowadays because they’re so stylish yet cheaper than other kinds. For me, they are easier to clean since you can easily access the whole glass and there are no frames that hinder the process. With this kind of mirrors, you will not get disappointed if you want to achieve a modern, airy and visually appealing room.
Although frameless mirrors provide setup challenges because there are no built in system of hanging; it is generally much easier to install than those framed ones with too many components to affix.
If you’re having struggles in hanging your frameless mirror, let me help you through this article.
Different Methods Of Hanging Your Frameless Mirror
Of course you wouldn’t want your mirror to fall and endanger you or any of the members of your family; thus you need to make sure to hang it securely. I listed here some of the ways to affix your mirror on your home:
Using Mirror Clips
I think you would agree with me if I say that using mirror clips is a common method for hanging frameless mirrors. Apart from the not so complicated process of installation, another plus is its decorative features which can fit your styles.
Home improvement stores offer basically all kinds of clips from the metal J hook, to acrylic and metal. You can also purchase the following common brands of mirror clips from amazon.com:
- Topzone ¼ inch Heavy Duty 25 lbs. Crystal Clear Plastic Mirror Clips; which comes in packs with 12 pieces per pack at $4.99;
- Ultra Hardware 15293 Mirror Clips are sold at $4.99 per pack with 6pieces clips;
- The Hillman Group 121156 Metal Mirror Holders, which costs 5.39 per pack with 2 steel hangers; and
- Prime Line 10246 Spring Loaded Mirror Chrome Plated Mirror Hanger Clip Set of 2 clips which costs $8.79.
Steps on Hanging Mirror Using Mirror Clips
I considered in here the two different shapes of mirrors to assist you in the installation process because chances are, you would want to know if one method fits all shapes and I assure you, it does not. So let us start with:
Rectangle or Square Mirror
Step 1. The first thing you must do is to measure and mark the areas where you want the clips to go into. Make sure that the distances of the clips from top, bottom, left and right are properly measured. You can do a dry run on your floor for exact positioning.
Step 2. Now drill holes on your markings and insert the hollow wall fasteners and the mirror clips after. You must ensure that all the clips are tightly installed
Step 3. Place the upper part of your mirror on the clips installed on the top and insert the lower part on the clips below the wall. The best technique here is to use a sponge for holding the lower edges of the mirror during your installation process and to have an assistant to help you.
Circular or Oval Mirror
Step 1. Locate the center point and mark the back side of your mirror with a pencil. The next thing you must do is to measure the width and length of the mirror from the center point and take note of these measurements.
You can also draw straight lines from the edges of the mirror towards the center point to make sure that you have accurate measurement. This is important to ensure that your mirror will be installed securely against the wall.
Step 2. Hold your mirror against the wall area where you want to hang it and mark the top edge of the wall first. Do all your markings on the wall by referring to the dimensions you noted on step 1. Again you can do your dry run of this installation on your floor.
Step 3. Drill holes on the areas of the wall with markings and install the anchors on the pre-drilled holes. Ensure that the screws of the anchors are not too tight.
Step 4. Attach the mirror clips at the bottom and on both sides of the markings on the wall.
Step 5. Hang your mirror on the clips and install one more clip on the top of the mirror.
Step 6. Tighten the screws and make sure that the mirror clips you installed are holding the mirror properly.
Using French Cleats or Brackets
Some frameless mirrors are sold with french cleats already and there are those sold separately and you’ll be the one to attach it through mirror adhesive.
Step 1. Locate the midpoint and bottom areas on the wall where you want to install your mirror and mark them.
Step 2. Check where the french cleat bends and lays on the back side of the mirror. Test measure your mirror to your brackets to have an accurate measurement.
Step 3. With reference to your french cleats, do another set of markings on the wall; first by bending them outward then upwards against the initial marks. You can repeatedly do this to dry run the initial set up of the mirror.
Step 4. Drill holes on the marks and secure the brackets by screws.
Step 5. Install your mirror on the wall together with your mirror brackets.
Using Mastic Glue
You can choose mirror mastic instead of clips when installing so that the ends of your mirror will not be interrupted. There are different brands of mastic glue that can be used and the most popular types which you can choose from are:
- LePage PL Premium Construction Adhesive, $5.20 for a 10oz. tube;
- Gunther Premier Plus Mirror Mastic, 10.1 fluid oz. costs $8.75;
- Seal Bond Mirror Mastic Glue, a 10.1 oz. amounts to $13.33;
- Sikaflex -124 Mirror Grip Polyurethane Adhesive also comes in 10.1 oz. at $13.67; and
- Locite PL 520 Mirror Construction Adhesive which comes in 10oz. cartridge at $18.05
Steps on Hanging the Mirror Using Mirror Mastic
Step 1. Make sure that your substrate and mastic glue are all in room temperature about 72 degrees Fahrenheit or 22 degrees Celsius. If you bought your mirrors in cold, it can still have condensation on them which will impede the adhesion of the glue. One more thing, if the mastic is cold, it is hard to scoop making properly sized paths tough to form.
Step 2. Clean off and remove any dirt, oil, wall paper or any of the old paints, which can be washable and oil based types from your wall. Since washable paints are formulated to resist staining, it can inhibit the adhesion of mastic glue while oil based paints which are found on older constructions become brittle with age and cannot be dependent upon to support a mirror either. Sand papers come in handy for cleaning your walls.
Step 3. Check your wall of any unsealed portions and totally seal these areas. If your substrate is ceramic tile, glass, porcelain, mirror or metal, they are non-porous and does not need sealing but you must ensure that they are clean and dry before hanging your mirror.
However, if your substrate is porous like brick, cinder block, wood drywall and plaster, they should be primed to promote adhesion. Use a mirror edge sealer before the installation. This adds strength to your wall and it will also prevent moisture contamination especially on the areas of your home with high humidity like bathrooms.
If you notice those black edges on some mirrors, these are produced due to chemicals reacting to the mirror vacuum; to prevent this, you must apply aerosol mirror edge sealant spray 209 or mirror liquid sealant 16 to the edges of your mirror.
Step 4. Measure the width of your mirror and measure the area where you will hang it. Mark the areas where the mirror will be installed and make these your references for the left and right ends of the mirror.
Apart from the drawings, you have to attach a temporary wood on the upper and lower portions where the mirror will be hung; the wood will act as temporary support during the curing process.
Step 5. Apply the primer mastic bond through a brush, roller or the more expensive primer mastic electric applicator to easily scoop uniform size bonds. As per the mastic bond, you may use regular mastic which can cure from 30 to 45 days but if you want to speed up the process, purchase the fast curing mastic which can cure in just 48 hours; however, you have to shed a larger chunk of your budget. At any rate, the length of curing will also depend on the temperature humidity, type of substrate and the air that reaches your mirror.
Put 1 1/2 inch mounds of bonds on every square foot or you may apply beads instead of mound; just make sure to apply ½ inch bead with a minimum of 1 bead every foot. Be careful not to smear the mirror’s edges to prevent squeeze out.
Step 6. You will need an assistant at this point especially if you’re installing a huge size mirror. Carefully position the mirror using the reference marks and the attached woods. If you are already satisfied on your mirror’s position, slowly push it against the face of your wall.
Step 7. This is your last step! Wipe the mirror from the edges towards the centre using a hand towel repeatedly applying moderate pressure. After the curing progressed, you may now remove the temporary support and clean the areas.
The simplest, easiest and cheapest method of hanging frameless mirror for me is using mirror clips, yet the process will always depend on the type of mirror and the area where it will be installed. As for me, I hope the above steps help you in considering how to hang your mirror so that you can fully enjoy your beautiful reflection!