Getting the right mirrors for your Gym Mirrors is easy! Just follow a few simple steps and you’ll be on your way.
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Step 1: Measure Your Space
First, measure the width of the wall where you want to put your gym mirrors (horizontally, from corner to corner) using a measuring tape. Also measure your room from floor to ceiling – you’ll need this information later.
Example: In this example, the width of the wall where we want to install mirrors is 120 inches or 10 feet wide.
Step 2: Figure How Many Mirrors You Need
We offer some standard size mirrors that are appropriate for most home gyms. Here’s how to configure your mirrors:
We have standard widths of 36″ and 48″. You can choose any number of mirrors that will work in your room. This is a matter of personal preference. Below are two different examples of how you might do this.
Scenario 1: 48″ Mirrors
Divide the total width (in inches) of the room by 48 to find out how many 48″ mirrors will fit and how much space will be left over.
Example: In our example, 120 divided by 48 is 2.5.
Now, allow some space for borders along the outside edges of the mirrors – you don’t need the mirrors to be flush up against the adjacent walls. You’ll want an equal border on both sides.
Example: : In this scenario, we have an excess of half of a 48″ mirror to use, since you can’t buy half of a mirror. That means there is 24″ of space that can be used for the borders on the sides. For this example, divide the total border area by 2 and you’ll have your border size of 12″ each. If you leave 12″ borders on each side, and hang two 48″ mirrors side-by-side, you’ll have the maximum amount of coverage you can get using standard width mirrors. In this case, you’re using fewer mirrors (meaning fewer seams) but you’ll have a larger border.
Scenario 2: 36″ Mirrors
Divide the total width (in inches) of the room by 36 to find out how many 36″ mirrors will fit.
Example: In this second example, 120 divided by 36 is 3.33. That is 3 full 36″ mirrors and 1/3 of a mirror, or 12″. If you subtract the width of three 36″ mirrors from the width of the room (120-108), you’re left with 12″ for borders. You would want to create equal 6″ borders on the sides. In Scenario 2, you have smaller borders, but more seams because you would have more mirrors.
Which option you choose is your preference.
Step 3: Height of Mirrors
- Now decide the height of the mirrors for your room. The mirrors come in two standard heights: 72″ and 60″. Refer back to your measurement of the height of your ceilings. For most standard homes this is between 8′ and 10′ (96″ and 120″, respectively). For these heights, a 72″ high mirror is a good choice.
- Also, keep in mind that in most home gyms, you’ll hang your mirrors ABOVE 24″ from the floor if there are any outlets on that wall (outlets, by code, are installed with the tops at 24″).
- If you are going to be doing floor exercises like yoga, you might want your mirrors to be closer to the floor. However, you’ll still need to account for outlets, so you might need to configure your mirrors as shown in the example.
Step 4: Order Your Mirror Kit
Our Mirror Kits come with hardware you need to install your mirrors yourself. Just choose a combination of the sizes that you need. For example, if you need four mirrors, you can order two of our 2 Gym Mirror Kits. If you need seven mirrors, you can order one of our 5 Gym Mirror Kits and one of our 2 Gym Mirror Kits.
No matter which option you choose, MiraSafe Gym Mirrors ar e easy to handle yourself. Because they are shatterproof, you don’t have to worry about the danger of handling a standard mirror. Thanks to our Delivered Safe Guarantee, they’ll arrive in one piece and are easy to install with the installation items included in the kit.
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Hanging Mirrored Closet Doors As Gym Mirrors.
I’ve got four 3.5ft x 6ft mirrored closet doors with white trim that I want to use as gym mirrors. How could I hang them so they are secure and can’t be knocked down? Suggestions please & thanks!
Got a router? Take a six-foot piece of 1×4 and route a recess the thickness of the mirror along one long edge of the board. Make two of these boards, one to go along the bottom of the mirror, and one for along the top. Screw the strips into the studs along the wall, putting in the bottom one first, horizontally at about 3′ off the floor, and resting the mirror in the recess. The boards will hold the mirrors against the wall when it’s all together, but be careful to have somebody hold the mirror while you put in the top board to keep the mirror from falling away from the wall before the job is done. Screw the top board in along the top of the mirror. Be careful not to screw the board in too tight to avoid cracking the mirror. Be sure to catch the studs with the screw, use metal grommets for the screws, pre-drill the screw holes, and soap the threads so as not to spit the 1×4 — Voila!
Last edited by KeithTheSnake; 06-20-2011 at 06:30 PM .
Thanks for the idea but it won’t work for me because I want to leave the white frames of the mirrored doors intact and they are approx an inch thick. I have a white colonial door, crown moldings and baseboards so I want to keep the white mirrored door frames to match. Any other ideas?
I’m also interested in solutions to this, when you find out/or decide, can you please update this thread and post some pictures?
So you basically want to hang some doors up on the wall so that they won’t fall down? (They’re not really serving as doors, but very large mirrors with frames, right?)
Do you mind drilling holes in the door? You’d drill these holes in whatever portion of the door you have that surrounds the mirror.
So long as you don’t mind drilling holes in your doors, you’d then use the usual means of hanging heavy objects on walls. I.e. screw into the studs if you can, otherwise use some beefy drywall anchors. (If you have some other kind of wall, let me know. )
If you don’t like the looks of the screws, you can countersink the holes a bit and then fill them over with wood putty and touch them up with paint. Or, if you think you might want to take them off of the wall someday, you could lightly paint over the screw.
You could possibly use some kind of bracket to hold the door to the wall too, but I think that drilling through the door will be more secure and will look better too.
Edit: If any of what I said seems impractical to you, post a picture of one of the doors so that I can offer better suggestions.
Here is a step by step tutorial on the best way to hang a large wall mirror.
When we were designing our home gym remodel we knew that a large mirror would be perfect for the space. We mounted two large mirrors that each measured 5 x 3 ft, weighed 31 lbs. and then we added a wood frame. For this post I will show you how we mounted the large mirrors. I will post in a few days How to Add a Wood Frame to a Large Mirror. When we were in the process of hanging our large mirrors our research revealed that there are a few different options on how to go about this. When deciding which mounting hardware to use consider the weight and size of the mirror, type of wall material to be mounted too, function of the mirror, and a frameless or framed mirror.
Here is a quick description of five different ways to hang a mirror:
- Mounting tape – double sided tape that mounts to the wall and the back of the item. No tools required. This mounting technique is reserve for smaller mirrors that weigh less than 10 lbs. and can be framed or unframed.
- D rings and picture wire – the mirror must have a frame around it to hang a mirror this way. This requires attaching D – rings to the back perimeter of the mirror frame, wrapping wire around the D – ring and then attaching one or two hooks to the wall and hanging the mirror by the wire.
- Mirror clips – use clips when you are mounting a frameless mirror. There are several different types of mirror clips made from plastic or steel. Several clips are required which attach to the wall at the top and bottom of the mirror and hold the mirror in place against the wall. You can add a frame to this type of mounted mirror after it is installed. 2
- Mirror cleats – mirror cleats are metal mounting brackets that interlock for support of heavy items. One metal bracket attaches to the wall, one attaches to the back of the mirror and then they interlock.
- Construction glue – construction glue is a strong adhesive that supports the weight of the mirror to stick to the wall. If the mirror is removed more than likely the drywall underneath will need to be replaced.
What is the proper height to hang a mirror?
In general the proper height is eye level at the middle of the mirror. This means that the middle of the mirror should hit between 57 – 65 inches. Keep in mind the function of the mirror could effect the height to hang it and if it will be above any furniture.
Since our mirrors were located in our home gym they would function for checking out my amazing six pack and massive biceps our form when lifting weights and doing exercise moves. So therefore placement was key to be able to see various high and low moves from multiple places in the gym. We placed our mirrors about 18 inches from the ground.
Due to the size and weight of our mirrors we opted to hang these in studs and not just use anchors in the dry wall. Also knowing that we were intending to place a wood frame around the mirror we wanted the least obtrusive clips we could find. We opted for these stainless steel ones from Ace Hardware.We bought a total of 12 and used 10.
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TOOLS FOR HANGING A LARGE MIRROR
- Measuring tape
- Stud finder
SUPPLIES FOR HANGING A LARGE MIRROR
- Mirror(s) – we used two of these mirrors from The Home Depot
- Mirror clips – we bought ours at Ace Hardware but they are very similar to these
STEPS FOR HANGING A LARGE MIRROR
Step 1) We used a measuring tape to mark where we wanted the top and bottom of the mirrors to hang. We marked the studs using a stud finder. Then using a level we drew a line to reference the placement of the mirrors, screws and clips. Then we installed the clips.
Step 2) We inserted one mirror into the bottom clips then slid the top clips down to lock in place over the top of the mirror. Then we repeated this step for the next mirror. It seems that the corners and edges are delicate and we cracked it in a couple of spots…oops.Later we added a Wood Frame to the Mirror so it looks like this now (post will be up in a few days).
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Ideas for hanging mirrors on concrete
I have been wanting to hang some mirrors in my home gym for awhile. Today I came across those 12″ x 48″ door mirrors at the local Home Depot and they had them discounted for $2.00 each. I grabbed a couple dozen to hang in the gym. One wall is regular sheet rock and the mirrors went up perfectly. The other wall is the outside concrete wall of the foundation. I’m not crazy about drilling holes into the concrete wall and was thinking of using those 3m adhesive strips to hang the mirrors. Has anyone used them and if so will they work on concrete.
Liquid nail would be my suggestion.
i hang mirror as part of my job, a tube of pl premium construction adheisive will work well. make sall circles and the suction will help it hold until the glue sets
If it’s poured concrete, and relatively smooth, you might have some luck with construction adhesive. Be advised that if you ever decide to take the mirrors down, it will be a nightmare job, and the glue marks on the concrete will be permanent.
If the wall is block construction, you’re going to have a hard time trying to hold the mirrors in place while the glue sets up, since the surface is porous. A better solution here would be to use masonry fasteners to attach horizontal runs of 1×4 material to the wall, and then use regular plastic/self-tap screw mirror hangers screwed into the 1x4s.
Tapcon masonry fasteners work well and are relatively easy to use to attach wood to masonry. They’re usually available at most big-box stores such as Lowe’s and Home Depot.
No brain, no gain.
“The fitness and nutrition world is a breeding ground for obsessive-compulsive behavior. The irony is that many of the things people worry about have no impact on results either way, and therefore aren’t worth an ounce of concern.”–Alan Aragon
I’m not sure I want to see how I look, but it’s probably for the best, right?
If you’ve never spent much time in a weight room, I can understand why you might believe that the mirrors are there exclusively for vanity purposes. Seriously, how tragic would it be if a surge of iron-borne blood caused dam-bursting levels of swoleness while no one was present to visually appreciate its majesty? I mean, if a bicep pumps in the gym and no one is there to see it, does it truly stretch a shirt sleeve?
Setting aside the intricate metaphysical philosophies of bro science momentarily, mirrors are essential for multiple reasons during weight training, not the least of which being you can’t always trust the positioning of your body based on the way things inherently feel. Your triceps may seem like they’re remaining parallel to the ground and elevated higher than the rest of your body while you’re cranking out tricep kickbacks, but an imperceptible dip toward the ground can blunt their effectiveness. However, if you can visually verify such a flaw in a mirror, you can account for it in real time, correct it and maximize the effectiveness of the exercise.
But in terms of replicating these kinds of visuals at your home “gym,” how should you go about selecting an ideal mirror that will provide your physique with a worthy reflection?
Exactly — what type of mirror should I choose if I’m not working out at a professional gym?
I’m going to assume that you don’t require a mirror to also act as the conduit through which your workout is presented, so we can bypass any of the growing number of reflective LCD screens that function secondarily as mirrors, but which can be accessed to receive workout instructions, and some of which double as literal storage closets for training gear. Suddenly, it’s becoming a quaint notion that a modern mirror would simply reflect light and images, and wouldn’t be expected to project images at you from another dimension.
Outside of the more futuristic, multimedia options, you can effectively bifurcate training mirrors into two categories — portable and wall-mounted. After which, it becomes a matter of whatever size your exercise space requires and personal convenience.
Okay, but what factors should help me identify the right mirror for me?
Realistically, whether your mirror is portable or wall-mounted, it needs to be full-length, displaying your body from head to toe. Think about it: Do you really want to be required to change the elevation of your mirror — propping it on top of a dresser or placing it back down on the carpet — depending upon the orientation of your body from moment to moment during your workout? Of course not. And so, full-length mirrors are a must.
Second, unless you live alone and can always guarantee your ability to exercise in the same spot in the same room at all times, it’s helpful to own a mirror with some significant width to it. Because the wider the mirror, the greater the amount of activity it can capture and reflect back to you. (This also typically means a wall-mounted mirror is the best choice.)
Fortunately, even if you want to mount enough mirrors on your wall to ensure that no movement within your room escapes your notice, you can do so for far less than the cost of one of the relatively slender LCD monitor devices. In fact, you can mount a single four-by-eight-foot activity mirror on your wall for well under $700, or also link multiple mirrors together to achieve a similar result.
Either way, as physically self-aware as you may believe yourself to be, a mirror helps you to eliminate all doubts. You might think that you’re doing everything correctly during your workout, but seeing is believing. And if the presence of a mirror can prevent you from wasting reps, it’s well worth the investment. After all, the benefit of having your own image reflected back toward you is likely to be reflected in the quality of your workout, too.
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Can any mirror be hung in a bathroom?
Is it possible to use a mirror in the bathroom? A regular mirror can’t keep up with the humidity in the bathroom. The mirror’s backing will break down as a result of this. The bathroom mirrors are treated differently than the regular mirrors.
Should bathroom lights hang over mirror?
The room feels off balance if one light is higher than the other. The best way to illuminate the side of the bathroom mirror is to pair them up. If you only want one, placing it above the mirror is the best way to go about it. It’s a good idea to avoid installing side lights at a lower height.
How big should a mirror be over a bathroom vanity?
The mirror should not be larger than the sink area. If you want a mirror that’s not larger than 48 inches, you’ll need to choose a mirror that’s not larger than 48 inches. To keep the mirror out of the room, aim for 42 to 44 inches total.
How do you hang a mirror without a back hook?
You’ll need D-rings or picture wire on the back of your mirror if you want to hang it using anchor bolts. The D-rings or picture wire are used to hold your mirror.
Can a mirror be glued to the wall?
The use of glue for mirror installation is not recommended. Mirrors need a glue that is specially designed to hold them in place. LoctitePL 530 is the right glue for hanging mirrors.
Where should a mirror be placed in a bathroom?
Mirrors should be on the north or east wall of the bathroom. It helps remove negative vibes and bring in positive vibes. Mirrors should be placed close to the ground level.
Should light fixture hang over mirror?
If you want a single light above the mirror, place it 80 inches from the floor. The mirror’s top edge should be at least two inches above the bottom of the fixture. An ideal visual ratio is between the width or height of your mirror and the fixture that is slightly smaller.
Should bathroom vanity lighting face up or down?
The installation is being done. Vanity lights can be mounted with lights pointing in one direction or the other. The fixture should be mounted with the lights pointed up for ambient lighting and down for task lighting.
Should bathroom lights be up or down?
The overall light in the room is amplified by the light reflected from the ceiling and walls. If you hang them in one direction, they should hang high off the floor.
Can Liquid Nail be used on mirrors?
Is it possible to use liquid nails on mirror? Liquid nail is a material that can be used to mount a mirror. The mirror can be bonded to concrete, plastic, wood, and even drywall.
Are mirror clips necessary?
Although mirror mastic can be used to keep the mirror in place on the wall, additional support from clips, track, or a rigid surface is usually needed.
Should bathroom mirror be same width as vanity?
The bathroom mirror should be larger than the sink but smaller than the Vanity. The size of the bathroom mirror should allow it to hang without touching any of the other things.
Should a vanity mirror be wider than the sink?
It shouldn’t be larger than the countertop. The mirror should be a bit larger than the sink area. A standard mirror that is 24 inches wide can be used for a medium size Vanity.
How high should mirror be above vanity backsplash?
There should be a couple of inches between the lower edge of the mirror and the back of the mirror. Most of the time the mirror is above the sink. The following is a list of the five things.
Can I hang a mirror with Command Strips?
Command strips can be used to mount mirrors on many different surfaces. The strips will not stick to the walls that have been painted.
Are bathroom mirrors glued to wall?
Mirrors in the bathroom are usually large and take up a lot of wall space. Heavy duty glue is used to affix the mirrors to the wall.
Can you hang a mirror without drilling?
There are many gorgeous mirrors you can choose from if you want to mount a bathroom mirror. They can be put up without a drill, and you can keep your walls safe and sound with the tesa® screws.
How big should a mirror be over a 48 inch vanity?
The mirror should be at least 42 inches wide. A 44 to 46 inch wide mirror is the standard size for a single person and a 48′′ width will accommodate two people.
How big should a mirror be over a 60 inch vanity?
A 56-inch tall and 56-inch wide square mirror is the ideal size for a 60-inch Vanity. A higher ceiling is needed to hold this size mirror.
Do you want to change the old activity mirror? Are you thinking of installing the gym mirror for your workout sessions by yourself? A gym wall mirror not only enhances the space but also gives a professional look and helps you in your workout sessions. Installing a gym mirror by yourself is a tricky process, but it can save you lots of money. Here, I am going to discuss some important steps that help you in the installation process.
Part 1 Gathering the Tools Required Before Installing Your Mirror
Step #1 – Select a place
Before doing anything, you should decide where you want to hang your mirror. An activity mirror comes in various sizes so that you can select the one that is suitable for you. 3 & 4 feet are the standard widths, and 6 & 7 feet are the standard lengths. A single kit can contain 1, 2,3,4,5 and 10 mirrors. Make sure you have left some space over your mirror for hanging clips.
Step #2 – Gather Tools
You need some tools for installing a gym wall mirror by yourself. If you are buying a brand new gym wall mirror, then you don’t have to buy any tool except for an electronic stud finder. The activity mirror kit comes up with all the necessary tools and items. If you are using a second-hand wall mirror, then you have to buy some tools such as
- J bar
- Mirror Glue
- Mirror Clips
- Drill Machine
- Styrofoam padding
- Electric stud finder
- Some extra screws
J bar or anchor screws give firm support to the bottom edges of the mirror. You need almost 2 mirror clips for the top edge of the mirror and anchor screws for installing them all. Make sure you are using high-quality mirror glue; otherwise, you will damage your new gym mirror.
Step #3 – Cleaning of the Wall
Before starting all the installation steps, make sure you have completely cleaned the wall with the cleaning agents. You can use wipes, alcohol and other cleaning products for this purpose.
Part 2 Next Step to Install the J Bar
The next move is to follow some steps for installing the J Bars at the right places.
Step #1 – Identifying Studs
The first and most important step is to find wall studs, and you can use an electric finder for this purpose. Slowly slide the electric stud finder along the wall where you are going to place your activity mirror. Whenever a stud finder indicates a stud, it glows red light. You can mark these spots with a pencil for remembering it. If you are not able to find wall studs even with the electric finder, then you can use special anchor screws. These screws are specially made up of this type of wall.
Step #2 – Making of Guide Line for J Bar
Mark the spots on the wall at the bottom edge. If you don’t want your activity mirror touches the floor, then make sure you are installing it 1ft up from the floor. For this purpose, use a measuring tape and mark the spots after every 6 inches. Remember to mark the end and beginning of the wall space. Use a wall level ruler and carefully connect all these marks. Make sure the level of your line is straight and use a light pencil to trace it. You can also make holes for the screws between the intervals of the straight line.
Step #3 – Connect the Line of J Bar and Make Drill Holes
After completing the wall mark session, your next step is to drill holes for J Bar screws in the wall. For placing the anchors in their place, you can use a hammer. Make sure you are using the drill that is the same size as your anchors. Hold the drill firmly in your hand and apply little pressure when you switch it on. Place the J Bar along with the guideline and the screws that you have already installed.
Part #3 Installing Mirror
- Carefully determine the space for clipping your activity mirror. And for this purpose, you can divide the width of the mirror into 3.
- Carefully load the gym mirror into the J Bar and make marks for mirror clips.
(Note: ask someone to hold the mirror for you as it is difficult to do this on your own)
- Lift the mirror carefully out of the J-bar and install mirror clips. You can use a drill machine for this purpose
- Always hold the drill machine little perpendicular to the wall. Make sure you are drilling the same size of clips as your anchor
- This is an important step; carefully apply the mirror glue at the backside of the mirror. Make sure you do not have spread the glue near the edges of the mirror.
- After applying glue, place the activity mirror back in the J Bar and screw the anchors in their places. Use the drill machine for this purpose and make sure you are holding the mirror in one place.
This installation procedure of the gym mirror might look difficult, but it is not. The installation of the gym mirror is a little time-consuming task, just make sure you do it all with great care & patience.
I picked up a 5′ x 9′ mirror from a dance studio so I can use it in a home gym. I’m not sure what the best approach is for hanging it on finished drywall. I prefer not to glue it directly to the drywall in case I need to remove it later.
– 5′ x 9′ x 1/4″ thick frameless mirror (Will hang horizontally – 9′ across an 8′ high wall)
– Mirror currently has mastic blobs on the back, which seem to add about another 1/4ish inch. Based on what I’ve read, it’s best not to attempt to remove these blobs since it could damage the silver mirror stuff on the back. So any mounting would need to take this extra depth into consideration.
– I put a 5′ level up to the wall and moved it across where the mirror will sit. Unfortunately, it seems that a portion of the wall is not perfectly straight where a foot or two on the right side of the mirror will be mounted.
So I guess I’m looking for advice on the best way to hang this mirror?
– Do I just use the J Channels you get at Home Depot or Lowes and make sure I hit studs? Not sure if this can be accomplished due to the wall not being perfectly straight? Also, is this safe to do without mirror mastic to stick the mirror to the drywall? Also, can these channels even be used due to the existing blobs of mastic?
– Do I I mount the mirror to a piece of plywood (1/4″ or 1/2″ plywood??) and then install a lower beam across the bottom to hold the weight of the mirror? Then connect the mirror at the top to prevent it from falling forward, and maybe frame the mirror after putting it up?
Learn how to hang a mirror on a wall without nails with our helpful how-to guide. We’ll explain how to prepare the walls for proper installation, how to hang the mirror, and which glue is necessary for the job. This is a guide worth reflecting on!
- How to hang a mirror on a wall without nails: Preparing the space
- Step-by-step instructions: How to hang a mirror on a wall without nails
- Adhesive for hanging a mirror without drilling holes
How to hang a mirror on a wall without nails: Preparing the space
Gluing a mirror to a wall can sound a little nerve wracking. But with the proper tools and preparation, it’s a simple project that yields safe, strong, and beautiful results. Here’s how to prepare your walls for mirror installation.
- Avoid installing mirrors in extreme temperature. For best results temperatures should be between 60 F-85 F.
- Prime drywall and plaster surfaces.
- Sand glossy painted surfaces to increase adhesion.
- Clean wall and mirror making sure dust and dirt are removed from all surfaces.
- Mark the walls or backsplash. Using painters’ tape and a pencil, indicate where the mirror should be placed.
Step-by-step instructions: How to hang a mirror on a wall without nails
After the wall is prepped and ready, you’re ready to begin installation. An extra pair of hands is welcome for this step, so grab a friend and get started! Here’s how to hang a mirror without drilling:
- Load the adhesive into the caulking gun and open the canister.
- Caulk lines of adhesive down the mirror. Lines should be roughly 2-3 inches long, and staggered along the mirror. Keep a safe distance from the edge of the mirror to avoid excess seeping out on the sides.
- Lift the mirror into place (use help, if needed), and make sure it’s aligned precisely on the indicated placement marks. Check alignment with a level.
- Press the mirror firmly into place, and secure with mirror tape or other support systems until full cure time has been reached. See manufacturer’s instructions for details.
Mirror adhesive is extremely strong and cannot be readjusted, so make sure the mirror is straight before attaching. With a level in hand, tilt the top of the mirror forward to minimize the contact the glue has with the wall. Once the mirror is level, push the mirror into place on the wall.
Adhesive for hanging a mirror without drilling holes
Don’t be tempted to use any construction glue for mirror installation. Mirrors have a unique surface, therefore need a specialized glue that is scientifically designed to hold it safely in place.
The right glue for hanging mirrors is Loctite PL 530 Mirror, Marble, & Granite Adhesive. This heavy-duty mirror adhesive is resistant to temperature and humidity changes, making it perfect for use in the kitchen or bathroom. Its multifunctional formula allows it to adhere to most surfaces found in a bathroom, like marble, granite, tile, ceramic, concrete, brick, backsplashes, drywall, and metals. It’s the go-to glue for bathroom remodeling! Please note that the mirror needs to be supported at the bottom with mechanical fasteners.
Now that you know how to install a bathroom mirror without drilling, ready to get started?
Here’s the full line of Loctite adhesives for mirrors and other construction applications.
Large floor mirrors offer a great way to enlarge a small space, since they reflect daylight and they’re relatively inexpensive compared to other decorative accessories for your walls. We had a challenge at our own UTR office, as the back entry is fairly narrow and small.
We solved the feeling of being too cramped in that area by hanging a floor mirror to give the illusion of a larger space. Although leaning a mirror against the wall is quite trendy and we love the look, it wasn’t an option for us since the space is so small and is very high traffic, meaning a leaning mirror simply wouldn’t be safe.
Here’s how we hung our mirror:
We set the mirror on a 9″ stool, which lifted it high enough from the floor to give us the perfect hanging height. Everyone at the office could see their entire body, including the guys who are 6’3” or even taller.
I found the center of the wall and the mirror and lined them up to ensure the mirror would be perfectly centered on the wall.
With the mirror still resting on the stool, I hung the D-ring on the left side of the mirror onto the single button of Hang & Level.
The tool was placed at an angle and worked perfectly to mark the spot for the location of our first screw.
I did the same thing on the other side: using Hang & Level I marked the spot for the second screw while the mirror was still resting on the foot stool.
I then removed the mirror from its location so I could place the screws.
We used Déco Screws, which are a super strong screw and anchor in one that can hold up to 30 lbs. Our mirror weighed 20 lbs, making the screws more than adequate.
I then had someone help me hang the mirror by placing the D-rings on the screws . I used a small level to make sure it was hanging perfectly straight before putting my tools away.
Ta da! Done! We love the look. In addition to enlarging the space it gives us (and our guests) the chance check ourselves out when entering or leaving the office.
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Frameless mirrors are a great addition to any bathroom or bathroom. They can hang flush with the wall, take up less space and can be hung behind doors or in closets. Unfortunately, the frame on a mirror is usually where the hanging hardware is mounted.
This means that frameless mirrors, while useful, can be difficult to hang. However, with the right tools, a little bit of time and perhaps the help of a friend, you should have no trouble hanging your frameless mirror.
Well, we’ve outlined this guide to hanging frameless mirrors with adhesives, with mirror clips, and with z-clip mirror brackets. That way, no matter how big your mirror is — you will be able to get it on the wall safely.
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Depending on how large and how heavy your mirror is, you may want to hang it with mounting clips and bolts or with adhesive tape. A good rule is that anything over 20lbs should be support mechanically, which means by some metal or plastic structure secured to a stud in the wall.
There Are Few Ways That Mirrors are Hung
Clips and bolts are recommended, but double-sided tape can be used if your mirror is light enough.
It is important to note, however, that double-sided tape will pull paint and drywall off of your wall when it’s removed.
Tools You Will Need
If you have a stud finder, use it to locate the studs within the wall. These will make it easier for you to mount the hanging clips. If you want to hang the mirror in a spot with no studs behind it, you’ll need to use the wobble bolts.
Have a friend help you to hold up the mirror in the spot where you want to hang it. If no one is helping you, prop the mirror up on books, blocks or milk crates and mark the corners with your writing utensil. Use your level to ensure that the mirror is not tilted.
Once you’ve gathered your materials and chosen your spot, it’s time to install your anchors.
Here’s what you should do
1. Mark your drilling spot with a pencil: Draw a small dot or X where the hole will go. If you need to install several parallel anchors (for a shelf, TV, or large painting), use a level to ensure that they’re even.
2. Choose your drill bit: You should use a drill bit that’s slightly smaller than the width of the anchor. The anchor should fit snugly inside the hole.
3. Drill your hole: Use your drill to create the hold. Go slow and steady. Drilling too fast can damage the drywall.
4. Insert your anchor: Place the tip of the anchor into the hole. If you’ve drilled the hole properly, your anchor won’t go in all the way.
5. Hammer your anchor: Use a hammer to drive the anchor fully into the wall. Stop hammering once the anchor’s head reaches the wall’s surface.
That’s it! Now, your anchor is ready to hold anything!
what are the best nails for hanging pictures?
There are many things to consider when hanging pictures. Its actually a tough job if you don’t have the correct materials. Most importantly, you need to have the correct nails that will be sure to hold the weight you are hanging.
1 1/2 – 2″ finishing nails are perfect for hanging pictures on walls
Frameless mirrors are great. They’re easy to clean. They have a sleek look. And, they don’t take up a lot of space, so you have more room for other things.
But, a lot of people are intimidated by the idea of hanging a frameless mirror. How do you do it, anyway?
Well, we’ve outlined this guide to hanging frameless mirrors with adhesives, with mirror clips, and with z-clip mirror brackets. That way, no matter how big your mirror is — you will be able to get it on the wall safely.
Will Liquid Nails Hold Up A Mirror?
Yes, it will safely hold up a mirror – BUT MUST BE USED along with a mechanical fastening system, like a J channel.
Liquid Nails is a permanently bonding adhesive specifically designed to install mirrors with mechanical fastening system onto walls. It does not damage the reflective backing of mirrors.
It has strong vertical hold for mirrors on most common building materials, such as concrete, wood, metal, and drywall. Liquid Nails is not recommended for ceiling applications.
How Do You Hang A Mirror On The Wall Without Drilling?
It isn’t recommended that you try to secure a mirror to a wall without drilling. Mirrors are heavy and require both glue and metal to stay up.
How do you secure a mirror to the wall?
Make a mark where you want the mirror to be
Remove the mirror and put another mark two inches below the first mark.
Screw your wall anchor into the second mark you made.
Screw one end of the cable to the wall anchor.
Reposition the mirror to its original location and screw the other end of the cable to the top of it.
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Mount your mirror’s top to the wall with a hook or clip. The bottom …
Adding large mirrors or wall-to-wall mirrors in your home can make your space look bigger and increase overall room appeal. However, installing a large mirror by yourself can be difficult and even risky.
Read on to learn why installing a large or wall-to-wall mirror may be difficult and how Glass Doctor® can be of service.
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Risks of Installing Your Own Large Mirror
Installing a wall-to-wall mirror in your home gym or bathroom is riskier than you may think. Before undertaking a dangerous DIY project it’s important to understand the risk. Homeowners who install large mirrors on their own often experience:
- Broken or damaged mirrors
- Damaged walls
- Personal injury
Further, many homeowners don’t own the tools required to complete the job safely. Meaning, there’s an extra cost involved to purchase tools or safety equipment – something your local Glass Doctor already owns and knows how to use!
How to Hang a Large Mirror
Hanging a large mirror has its risks, but if you’re curious what the installation process would look like, here are the steps for wall-to-wall mirror installation. Keep in mind that additional steps may be required, such as installing frame hardware if there isn’t any already.
How to hang a large mirror:
- Prepare the Wall
On the wall you will be hanging the large mirror, locate the studs and properly mark them. If you’re using screws or nails to hang the mirror instead of an adhesive, make sure the mirror has the support of studs behind it. You should also consider adding bumpers to the back of the mirror to prevent the mirror from scratching the wall. Make sure to always enlist help when hanging your mirror.
- Check Your Mirror Hardware
Make sure you are aware of the hardware currently on your mirror. If there isn’t any hardware, you will need to install hardware before hanging. Below are the options to consider when hanging your mirror.
- When Using an Adhesive
Based on the manufacturer’s instructions, you may be able to use an extra-strength adhesive to secure the mirror to the wall.
- When Using Screws or French Cleat Brackets
If you do not wish to use an adhesive, you can use screws or a French cleat bracket to secure the mirror to the wall. This also makes it easier for the mirror to be removed and re-positioned, if needed.
- When Using an Adhesive
- Hang the Mirror
Grab the tools necessary that correlate with the type of hardware you have selected and get started hanging your mirror. Make sure you have assistance through the whole process to prevent dropping or breaking the mirror that could cause personal injury.
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How you hang a mirror on drywall is dependent on two things: hanger type and weight. Many mirrors come with a piece of wire attached at each upper corner. This wire is draped over a single wall hanger, then centered by sliding the mirror back and forth on the wire until it is level. For a frameless mirror, a hanging bracket must first be installed. Brackets are held on by four screws – one at each corner – and the weight of the mirror is distributed between these four mounting points. Both the hanger and the mirror weight must be taken into consideration before a mirror can be hung successfully.
How to Hang Mirrors on Drywall
1. Weigh the Mirror
Weigh your mirror on a scale. If the mirror weight is less than 30 pounds, use threaded wall anchors to hold it. If it is less than 60 pounds and you are using wall-hanging brackets, use threaded wall anchors. Alternatively, if the mirror weighs more than 60 pounds, use a toggle bolt to support the weight, suggests Today’s Homeowner.
2. Install Your Anchor
Install a threaded wall anchor to support a mirror of less than 30 pounds, using a hanging wire on the back of the mirror. Measure the distance from the floor to the height you want the mirror to hang and mark the spot with a pencil, says Home Depot. Place the sharpened end of the threaded anchor against the wall and insert the Phillips screwdriver bit into the corresponding receptacle on the anchor. Push the anchor through the drywall until the threads come into contact with the drywall surface. Turn the drill to its slowest speed and guide the anchor straight as the threads burrow into the drywall. Remove the drill when the head of the anchor is flush with the drywall. Insert the included screw into the anchor hole and turn it so there is just enough room for the mirror wire to loop over the screw head.
3. Take Your Measurements
Measure upward from the floor where you want to hang a mirror that is less than 60 pounds. Place the bracket on the wall. Level it, using a spirit level. Mark the mounting holes, using a pencil. Remove the bracket from the wall. At the mounting hole marks, press the sharp end of the threaded wall anchor into the drywall until the threads meet the drywall surface. Screw them down flush, using your drill and Phillips drill bit at a low speed. Place the bracket over the anchor-mounting holes and screw the mounting screws into place.
Once the lower bracket is in place, put the mirror into the lower, mirror-holding clips. Place the upper mounting bracket in place so that the mounting clips grasp the mirror. Level the upper bracket and mark the mounting holes. Screw in the wall anchors at the upper, mounting-hole marks. Place the upper bracket over the wall anchor mounting holes. Screw the mounting screws into place. Insert the mirror into the brackets. Adjust the mounting clips to hold your mirror securely.
4. Install Your Toggle Bolt
Insert a toggle bolt or bolts for mirrors that are more than 60 pounds. Measure where the mounting hole or holes are to be made. Fold the toggle bolt in half. Ensure the diameter of the drill bit is slightly larger than the diameter of the folded toggle bolt. Drill a hole through the drywall. Thread the mounting screw into the toggle bolt first, then insert the toggle bolt into the hole. Turn the screw on the toggle bolt just enough so that a wire will loop over the top. Alternatively, if you are installing a bracket and using a toggle bolt, push the mounting screw through the bracket-mounting hole before you screw it into the toggle and push it through the pilot hole.
Things You Will Need
Variable-speed drill with pilot-hole drill bit
Phillips screwdriver bit
Threaded drywall anchors with included mounting screws
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Are there ways to attach a mirror without drilling? Our guide outlines which surfaces you can glue a mirror to and what to avoid.
Can I glue a mirror to the wall? In principle, this is possible, but by no means the most sensible option in every case.
How can I attach a small mirror to the wall? For fairly light mirrors, you can use double-sided adhesive tape or special mirror tape.
Can mounting adhesive be repositioned or replaced again? The adhesive is designed for high adhesion, so it is difficult to remove. On tiles, however, this is possible with a little sensitivity and plenty of patience without damaging the surface.
How to attach a mirror without drilling
Mirrors are available in many different versions. In any case, the mirror should hang safely. You can also attach A mirror without drilling. We will show you how to glue a mirror to the wall and give tips on what to look out for when assembling.
1. Glue mirrors – it is possible for these surfaces
If you want to stick a mirror instead of drilling, this is possible in principle. However, there are a few things to keep in mind.
On the one hand, the substrate on which you want to stick the mirror must be clean. It is therefore best to clean the area thoroughly, as grease and dust significantly impair the adhesive strength.
If a rather thin mirror is used, this is not so important. In the case of a heavy mirror, however, a very good bonding is important.
You can attach a mirror to the following substrates without having to drill:. Make sure that the mirror is aligned exactly.
- Tiles: Especially in the bathroom you will usually stick a mirror to tiles. This has the great advantage that you avoid boreholes. In addition, the adhesive residues can be removed from the tiles later (with some effort) without leaving any residue, if you should replace the bathroom mirror once.
- Plaster and wallpaper: If the plaster or wallpaper is firmly connected to the wall, you can also stick a mirror on. Since both plaster and wallpaper are most likely damaged when detaching, a mirror mount is more suitable here, which you can screw to the wall.
- Wood: You can also stick a mirror on the door of a wardrobe. However, if you stick to wood, keep in mind that the mirror is difficult to remove from the cabinet without damage.
2. Observe the size and weight of the mirror
In general, you can glue very large and heavy mirrors. However, this requires a good glue. In addition, the mounting adhesive must have enough time to become firm.
This usually presents you with a challenge when you glue a mirror to the wall. It is best to support the mirror for about 24 hoursso that the adhesive can reach its maximum adhesive strength.
If you glue a mirror to tiles, mounting or silicone adhesive can connect very well. In the case of wallpaper and plaster, however, the connection is less strong. In addition, a very high weight can cause the entire wallpaper to tear off the wall.
Therefore, it is best to use a classic mirror holder for wallpaper and plaster, where you fix the mirror to the wall by plugs and screws.
This is especially true when installing a large and heavy mirror.
If you intend to attach a mirror to the ceiling, you will always use a mechanical fastening.
Tip: With a rather small and thin cosmetic mirror, you can also use double-sided adhesive tape as well as special mirror adhesive tape. Unlike silicone or mounting adhesives, it is very easy to replace it later.
3. Glue a mirror – this is how to proceed step by step
- First, consider where to hang the mirror. Try a little in advance to find a suitable position.
- Draw vertices on the wall so that you can press the mirror perfectly into that position later.
- However, before you draw the position, verify that the mirror is exactly hanging. To do this, use a spirit level.
- In addition, it is a good thing that the mirror (depending on the environment) is glued in such a way that the left and right distance to the wall remains.
- Therefore, align the mirror with the help of a spirit level.
- If you have drawn the markings, place the mirror with the front on a large ceiling so that it cannot be damaged.
- Next, clean the back of the mirror.
- Afterwards, mounting adhesive is used. Apply it generously on the back.
- It is best to pull one line of glue along the outer edges (approximately one to two centimetres from the edge) and several lines through the middle, in a wave or crossed pattern.
- If you now have a wave or cross pattern in front of you, you can move the mirror to the previously defined position on the wall.
- Now you should secure or support the mirror in this position until the glue dries and cures. For example, you can slide a supporting board under the bottom side of the mirror so that the glue does not have to hold the entire weight of the mirror immediately.
Tip: Subsequent corrections to the orientation are only possible for a short time. Be especially careful about the exact positioning. If there are adhesive residues next to the mirror, remove them immediately before the adhesive can connect to the substrate.
Gerhardt Richter is a writer and a trainer at trade technical colleges, specializing in carpentry, plumbing, mechanics and construction.
Full length mirrors conveniently reflect the total effect of your appearance each morning and before you go out for the evening. Many wall mirrors are installed with the commonly available type of clear plastic clip. It is not difficult to use these clips to install the mirror nor does it require special tools. With the aid of an assistant the installation of a typical bedroom, full-length, wall mirror requires approximately one hour for someone with only a basic knowledge of tools and construction.
1. Use a Helper
Have an assistant — preferably someone who is approximately 66 inches tall — stand 5 feet away from the location of the mirror. Move the mirror up or down until the assistant sees his full image in the mirror.
2. Pencil in a Leveled Line
Place a carpenters level on the top of the mirror and adjust it until it is level. Draw a pencil line along the top edge.
3. Make Marks for Mirror’s Placement
Measure 2 inches down from each top corner along the side of the mirror and make a mark. Mark 2 inches from each top corner along the top edge of the mirror. Repeat this process on each bottom corner of the mirror until you have a total of eight marks.
4. Mark for Mirror Clips
Hold the mirror in place while your assistant positions a clear plastic mirror clip over the mark on the bottom right hand corner of the wall. Push the flat side of the clip — so that the bottom edge of the mirror rests on the ledge of the clip — firmly up against the bottom edge of the mirror and mark where the screw hole connects with the wall. Repeat this process on the other seven marks you made around the mirror.
5. Drill Holes or Use Anchors
Set the mirror aside and drill small diameter pilot holes through the wall into the studs at each pencil mark. Home Depot recommends using an electronic stud finder and drilling into the center of studs. Although drilling into a wall stud is preferable to hanging the mirror from drywall, if you’re drilling into drywall instead of a stud, Better Homes and Gardens notes the importance of using drywall anchors that are capable of supporting the weight of the mirror. Look on the label for the anchors to find the weight limit.
6. Attach Mirror Clips
Position the mirror on the wall and while you hold it securely have the assistant attach each plastic clip with a screwdriver into the pilot holes until all eight clips are installed. Use the screws provided with the plastic clips.
7. Confirm Secure Mirror Attachment
Ensure that the mirror is securely fastened to the wall by taking one side in each hand and gently attempting to move it.
We show you how to hang a mirror or heavy picture, including methods of hanging mirrors and heavy pictures with mirror hanging brackets and fixings, so that you can ensure that they are securely fixed to your wall. We also cover concealed picture hanging.
There are various methods of hanging mirrors on a wall, if you are buying a mirror from a glass merchants cut to your specific size, a neat way of fixing is to have holes drilled through the glass and to utilise mirror screws. These are widely available from various outlets such as hardware stores and DIY centres. They are typically sold in packs of four. They employ a screw which is tapped in the centre to allow a domed cap to be screwed in after fixing.
If you enjoy a challenge and are brave enough, you could drill these holes yourself. The method is to use a ring of putty surrounding where you intend the hole to be and to buy a glass or tile drill bit, which looks like a speared tip.
The notion is to fill the putty ring with a light oil to cut down on glass breakout and to cool the bit, whilst drilling. The initial stage after marking, is to lay the mirror onto a flat surface, ensuring it is well supported. Clamp the mirror in place with some form of cushioning, to avoid cracking the glass.
Felt pads, self adhesive foam pads or cardboard can be used for this, as long as the glass is prevented from moving. With a hardened nail or tile scoring bit or even a glass cutter, slowly etch your mark on top the glass surface, making a small indentation where the drilling is to take place.
Put the point of your tile drill bit in the indentation and drill slowly. Allow the tool to do its cutting and do not force it. Glass/tile drills come in various sizes, but 6mm is the optimum size for standard mirror screws, which are number 8 gauge (4mm).
If your mirror has a timber frame, you can treat it as if it is a picture and use string or wire running between screw eyes at the back – see our project on How to Hang Pictures.
Another method for a timber framed mirror, for a more secure fixing, flush to the wall, is to utilise mirror plates. These are typically metal electro-brassed with a key hole type of slot. At least two will be required fixed to the frame at the back at the top.
Depending on size and weight, it may be best to use four, one at each corner, then four screws in the appropriate positions to be fixed to the wall. The mirror is then hooked on to these four screws. Accuracy is important, to ensure a firm fixing and a plumb mirror.
With metal framed mirrors or mirrors without any frame, the manufacturer will usually supply some form of mounting kit. This takes the form of four J shaped brackets, which are attached to the wall and then clip down onto the mirror to keep it in pace. Frequently however, the clips supplied are made of plastic and may break.
Mirror fixing kit featuring wall plug, screw and mirror hanging bracket
A far better solution is to purchase a mirror fixing kit that is hidden behind the actual mirror itself. The Fischer Mirror Fixing Kit (see left) which has concealed metal brackets with strong edge clips to securely retain the mirror.
Theseshould be available in your local DIY store and other DIY outlets and is suitable for glass up to 5mm thick. The top brackets are spring tensioned for easy installation and this kit can also be used for signs and panels.
Hanging a Large and Heavy Mirror to a Dry Lined or Plasterboard Stud Wall
The modern method of dry lining interior walls using the dot and dab method, and internal stud partition walls with 12mm (half inch) plasterboard present a problem when trying to hang large mirrors in the exact position required, because behind the plasterboard there is a void.
There are a couple of fixing options available, the first is commonly known as a Redidriva (see picture to the right). This type of fixing involves a large coarse screw, which can be in plastic or metal with an attached centre screw, which is used to drive in the coarse female part of the fixing. The fixing screw is then undone and taken out of the housing, to be used for the actual fixing of the item.
Redi-drive screw in plasterboard fixing
Another device is known as a hollow wall anchor. This method will provide a very secure fixing in a plasterboard or hollow wall, but unfortunately requires a special setting tool, which is a little expensive if you are not a frequent user.
The centre machine screw of this type of fixing is available in various lengths, following the manufacturer’s instructions, the method is to drill the appropriate sized hole, where required, push in the anchor, use the setting tool which grips around the head of the centre machine screw and with pressure applied, squashes the anchor behind the plasterboard.
The centre machine screw can then be withdrawn to be used again as the fixing screw, or used as a hook for a string line or wire for the mirror or picture or could be used in conjunction with mirror plates if required.
Large pictures can be treated in the same way as mirrors; if they have wooden frames, mirror plates can be very effective. If the picture is a large but light weight canvas, it can be hung the same way as a smaller picture, with wire stretching between two hooks. Alternatively many canvas prints which are purely canvas stretched over a wooden frame come supplied with a keyhole fixing already embedded in the top horisontal part of the frame.
This can also be a triangular plastic piece, with a keyhole cut out of it. To mount the canvas using these fixings, fix a screw into the wall, leaving 12mm (half an inch) sticking out and hook the canvas directly on to this.
Some houses still have picture rails and there are proprietary picture hooks which rest on the rail. Again, there are many designs available and these can be purchased from most hardware shops.
If you have a lot of large valuable pictures to mount, there are also gallery systems available which are suited to galleries, museums, universities, offices and homes. The hanging system is made up of aluminium track, hangers and adjustable hooks.
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Guys, does anyone know where to get Gym Mirrors? I want to get 1 or 2 nice sized mirrors to put on the wall of my home gym without breaking the bank. Any ideas.
My gym owner said those cost about 500$ CDN for one slab. I have 4 in my basement but it came with the house.
Don’t know where to get them exactly, perhaps a home renovation store?
most home stores can make them for you, but you have to order the size that you want. $500 sounds like a commercial price and awfully expensive. I had a 10X5 mirror that cost about $150.
Check out your local yellow pages under “glass”.
They are pricey.
Boulder, when you say home stores you mean Home Depot, Lowes, etc. right?
I’d personally look for some panelling that is mirror coated. I forgot where I found some. but it was sold locally here. Doesn’t break like a mirror does either.
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I used to have a very reflective piece of sheetmetal. The image was slightly distorted but it worked.
Or you can go the Dave949 route and buy mirrored sliding closet doors at Home Depot. Very inexpensive with a excellent non distorted refection. Under a hundred bucks and you will get two doors that have a one inch frame around the outside and together they will give you a 8 x 8 foot mirror surface. I did the foot work years ago for the exact some thing you are inquiring about and was unwilling to shell out the big bucks for a regular real mirror. $$$$ saved could be put to better use for gym equipment
How to Hang a Mirror
A beautifully styled Safavieh mirror can add a brilliant, enhancing touch to home décor. To fully enjoy all of the decorative qualities of your Safavieh mirror, choose a mirror size and style that suits your space and then be sure to hang it properly. Browse the Safavieh Mirror Collection to find the perfect wall mirror to suit your decor style.
Choose the location where you’d like to hang your mirror, taking into account the reflection that the mirror will cast from this spot. Hung opposite of windows, the mirror will reflect light into a room. You may also want to place your mirror where it reflects artwork or other beautifying pieces located in other parts of the room. (Tip: Do not hang your mirror where it will reflect glare from ceiling or hanging light fixtures.)Generally you’ll want to hang your mirror at eye level, approximately 60”-65” from the floor.
Position the mirror on the wall where you want to hang it, centering it on the wall or to a piece of furniture beneath it (couch or console table). Now draw the entire outline of the mirror on the wall with a pencil or erasable marker. (Tip: Using a cardboard template of your mirror will make it much easier to draw your anchor points on the wall).
Find the center of the top and bottom lines and draw a vertical line connecting these two points.
Now find the midpoint between the center line and the right side of the mirror, and the center line and the left side of your mirror. Draw two more vertical lines connecting the top and bottom outline of your mirror to these points.
Now, measure approximately one third down from the top of the mirror and make a mark on these lines. These will be the anchor points to use to hang your mirror.
How to Hang a Mirror Over Furniture or Fireplace Mantel
When hanging a mirror over a sofa or furniture that is less than 30” tall, follow the instructions for placing the mirror at eye level (approx. 60”– 65” from the floor).
Mirrors placed above a dining room sideboard, server or buffet console can be hung lower on a wall to account for the change in eye level when people are seated at a dining room table.
For taller pieces of furniture (cabinets, bookcases etc.) the space between the bottom of the mirror and the top of your furniture should be approximately 4” – 8”. For taller furniture leave a smaller gap in order to keep the mirror as close to eye level as possible.
When hanging a mirror above a fireplace mantel, leave a 4”- 6” gap between the bottom of the mirror and the top of the mantel, depending on the size of the frame and the shape of the mirror. When in doubt, always err on the side of hanging the mirror slightly lower on the wall.
Installing wall anchors & mounting hooks.
Determine if there are wooden wall studs directly behind the anchor mounting marks. You can do this with a stud finder purchased from a hardware store, or by drilling a small pilot hole. If the drill bit hits wood, you’ve found a wall stud. If it hits nothing and goes straight through, there is no stud and you’ll need to use a wall anchor/shield.
For walls with wooden studs directly behind the anchor points, simply drill two small pilot holes into the wall at the anchor points and use the screws provided to hang your mirror.
For mounting areas without wood studs directly behind the anchor marks, you’ll need to use wall anchors/shields to secure the screws to the wall. Drill a hole in the wall at each anchor mark and then push the wall anchor/shield into this hole. Now simply screw the mounting screws into the wall.
After installing your screws, place the wire on the back of the mirror frame onto your screws (leave screws extended approx. 1/8 inch from the wall) and step back to visually inspect the placement of your mirror.
Clips and track (also referred to as channel) are two common choices for mirror installation. Both are valid methods used by glass and mirror professionals, but certain circumstances indicate the use of one over the other. Understanding your options and the reasons glaziers use each technique is helpful in selecting the best mirror and installation methods for your home.
Using Clips to Hold a Mirror in Place
Mirror clips are generally made of clear plastic for an unobtrusive look that does not detract from the mirror’s clean lines. Each clip includes a void where a fastener can pass through the clip and into the wall. (It is important for these fasteners to go into studs or be used with appropriate anchors; otherwise the weight of the mirror can actually yank the fasteners out of the drywall and cause the mirror to come crashing down.)
Mirror installation is often permanent or semi-permanent because tough glue, mirror mastic, is used to stick it to the wall. If you want a more temporary installation – because you’re renting your home, you want to remodel in a couple years, or the mirror will be repurposed later – consider mirror clips. They can be used on their own, without glue, so the mirror can be removed intact leaving only a few holes to fill.
Sometimes, clips are the only viable option for mirror installation. If a mirror has curved edges – circle, oval, crescent – resting it on a track or channel is not an option. These mirrors, with the exception of ones that come with hanging brackets, are installed with mirror clips. Although mirror mastic can be used to keep the mirror in place on the wall, additional support from clips, track, or a rigid surface is typically necessary.
Holding a Mirror in Place with a Track or Channel
Track or channel is used to support mirror glass that is not resting on a permanent surface or fastened with clips. A mirror with straight edges can sit on a solid surface such as the floor, trim, or a backsplash and then simply be attached to the wall with glue. However, there can be practical or aesthetic reasons for installing a mirror at some distance from any flat surface. For instance, small wall mirrors are frequently hung at eye level in entryways, and dance studio mirrors are often kept away from the floor so they don’t get kicked.
This is where track or channel comes into play. These metal strips are fastened to the wall where the bottom of the mirror is supposed to go. The mirror glass can then rest on this track for support and stability. Glue or clips are used along with the track to hold the mirror in position. There are two popular options for mirror track:
- L-bar – The profile of this channel looks like a capital “L,” so it is not really visible once the mirror is installed. It is used when a frameless look is desired.
- J-channel – J-channel is the same as L-bar except that its profile resembles the letter “J.” When J-channel is used, a thin strip of metal is visible along the bottom of the mirror glass.
So, to sum it up at a glance, use mirror clips if:
- You want to install a mirror securely but temporarily.
- A mirror has curved edges and does not include brackets for hanging.
- The mirror has straight edges and will not be resting on a permanent surface.
- You want a frameless look without conspicuous metal elements.
Use J-channel if:
- The mirror has straight edges and will not be resting on a permanent surface.
- You want a thin strip of metal along the lower edge of the mirror.
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A wall-to-wall mirror can add perceived depth and width to a small room, while greatly increasing its light and airiness. Follow the procedure below to install a wall-to-wall mirror.
Step 1: Decide on the Number and Size of Mirrors
Measure the height and width of the wall where you will apply the mirrors. You may need more than one size and type to fill the wall. Make sure you have identical mirrors across the center of the wall from 3 feet above the floor to 6 feet above the floor, where most people’s “eye level” is located.
Leave no more than 2 inches total per side between mirrors to create the illusion of filling the wall with the mirrored surface. Extend the mirrors up the wall to within 6 inches of the ceiling, and to 18 inches above the floor to prevent breakage from contact with furniture.
Step 2: Prepare the Wall
Remove all paintings, chair rails, hooks, screws and other fasteners from the wall. If the wall is wallpapered, consider removing the paper as well, as a wall-to-wall mirror works best on a plain surface. Wash the wall with an all purpose cleaner and very hot water, to remove old paint, wallpaper glue and drywall dust where fasteners were extracted.
Add a fresh coat of paint to any areas of the wall that will not be covered by mirrors. Let this new paint dry overnight. Draw a fine pencil grid on the wall for the mirror placement. Check that your pencil lines are level and at a 90 degree angle with a carpenter’s level.
Step 3: Apply Mirror Mastic
Run the mirror mastic adhesive diagonally every 2 to 3 inches across the back of the mirror and dot it into the corners. Keep it at least 1 inch from each edge of the mirror. Spread it out with a putty knife so it makes a uniformly thick layer over the mirror back.
Step 4: Attach Each Mirror
Attach each mirror to the wall in its place as shown by the pencil grid. Press the mirror firmly and accurately. The mastic adheres quickly and the mirror cannot be removed after contact with the wall.
Step 5: Care and Maintenance
Avoid obstructing the mirror wall with furniture, lamps and shelving. Polish the mirrors a few times a year. Dust the mirrors regularly to enable them to keep reflecting natural light and indoor lighting all around the room.
Step 6: Precautions When Designing and Installing a Wall-to-Wall Mirror
Always choose a wall at a right angle to a window as your mirror wall, to avoid reflections that will travel out through the window and blind pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. Select a wall that is well-fortified internally by studs because the weight of several mirrors can pull down a hollow interior drywall panel.
Full length mirrors are a great way to see if your entire outfit is perfect before walking out the door. But, making sure those heavy mirrors are safe around your children and pets can be a big concern. Follow these simple steps to ensure your mirror is securely anchored to the wall.
The general steps to secure your mirror:
1) Determine low traffic location if possible for your leaning mirror.
2) If mirror is on a hard surface floor, use a grip surface under the mirror to ensure no slipping and sliding.
3) Attach heavy duty furniture straps to the mirror (or other heavy piece of furniture) and anchor to the wall ensuring your screws are in a stud.
Let’s dive into the details!
- QuakeHold Furniture Straps
- Rubber drawer liner to put under mirror for extra stability
- Wall anchors
- Screw driver
Where to lean your mirror
Take a moment to select a location in which the mirror will not be easily bumped. But, you also want to make sure you put your mirror in a place it can actually be used.
Don’t overthink it. Just consider your specific situation and home and find a place that works best for you.
We decided on putting our mirror in the hallway of our two story house as this is just outside of all of our bedrooms. Our children are currently teenagers and are pretty interested in seeing how they look each day.
A central location for our entire family worked nicely so everyone could benefit from the mirror.
Down the hall you can get a glimpse of the repurposed vintage window where we hang the kids artwork!
Place mirror on rubber grip surface to prevent sliding
One thing that terrified me, was the mirror sliding out on the hardwood floor. To prevent this from happening, we used rubber drawer liner under the mirror.
I’ve seen gripper pads that are made specifically for furniture, so that is a good option too.
Regardless, I think it’s a good idea to keep your mirror from sliding should it get a slight bump when passing by.
Once we determined exactly where the mirror would go, I cut a strip of drawer liner (that had that rubber grip feel) to put under either side of the mirror.
Jason, my husband, held up each edge of the mirror while I put the rubber strips in place.
Attach furniture straps to mirror and wall
We used QuakeHOLD! Furniture Straps to secure our mirror.
The process was pretty simple. We followed the instructions inside the box and they worked like a charm.
The kit comes with two heavy duty nylon straps that you stick to the back of your mirror (or other heavy piece of furniture). This adhesive is seriously sticky, so I think you can rest assured that it is secure!
One end of the strap sticks to the back of the mirror, the other end is screwed into a wall stud.
We weren’t able to access a wall stud, unfortunately. But, using heavy duty drywall anchors did the trick.
If you do not feel comfortable using just the adhesive, they provide screws you could use to attach the straps to the back of the mirror (or furniture).
You follow the same process on both the left and right side of the mirror.
That is truly it!
Our hallway is dark, so I’ve considered using chalk paint to lighten up the frame of this big mirror! That’s exactly what I did to a mirror in our basement and it turned out really pretty.
As I mentioned earlier, our mirror is right in the center of all of our bedrooms. It’s the perfect location for a quick outfit check before heading out the door!
The last picture is a good reminder why I’m not a fashion blogger;-)
It is so nice knowing this really heavy mirror is safe and secure!
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Introduction: Cement Wall Gym Mirror Installation (Two J-Channel Method)
This video describes installing frameless gym wall mirrors in cement or cinder block walls. It utilizes a method using two J channels rather than a J channel with with top mounting clips.
Materials: 36″x60″ frameless mirrors, 72″ J-mold, Tapcon 3/16 x 1 1/4 anchors, Tapcon 5/32 bit, Drill (preferably hammer drill), Level, Socket Wrench
Step 1: Measure Bottom
Measure the center bottom of the mirror placement.
Step 2: Tap
Tap out the holes in the J-mold so the anchors will fit.
Step 3: Drill Bottom
Drill the hole for the center of the bottom J-mold.
Step 4: Fasten Bottom
Fasten the J mold to the wall in the center, then make sure it is level. Drill and fasten other holes.
Step 5: Measure Top
Measure up from the bottom J-mold the height of the mirror to mark the placement of the top J-molding.
Step 6: Drill Top
Drill top center hole.
Step 7: Fasten Top
Fasten top in center, then check for level. Then drill and fasten other holes.
Step 8: Install Right
Slide the right mirror in place.
Step 9: Install Left
Slide the left mirror in place.
Step 10: Reflect
Reflect on the completion of installation.
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How to affordably decorate a fitness room in a home.
I am almost finished…2 more projects and then the fitness room I created for myself will be done. Now with the holidays behind us, I finally got the mirrors I bought back in November hung on the wall.
If you are new to my blog, I transformed an unused bedroom that was once one of my daughters (she no longer lives at home) into a bright and sunny place to work out every day. I used to work out in the basement, but never liked it – too dark with little airflow. I always ended up rushing through my workouts because I felt a tad of claustrophobia kick in when I was down there.
I am enjoying the energizing feel of this almost-complete room when I work out now.
It was my goal to make the room clean-lined, open and airy. The 11′ x 14′ bedroom had been unused for 3 years and was just collecting dust.
It felt like a waste not to put it to good use, so I moved the furniture out and boxed up the stuff my daughter left and took them to the basement. Kind of a room flip.
I have documented the steps so far. You can find them in these posts:
This is how the mirrors have been since I bought them…leaning against the wall. Hanging the fitness room mirrors was made easy with my trusty laser level and large picture hanging strips.
- Mirrors – I bought mine at Walmart for $4.97 a piece
- Large Picture Hanging Strips – 3 for each mirror
- Laser Level
- Painter’s tape
- Ruler/measuring tape
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Optional: Razor blade and Goof Off to clean off label and price stickers on mirrors
1. The hardest part about the whole job was removing the sticker label from each mirror. Why manufacturers do this is beyond me. I wish they would put the labels on the back of items. It is so frustrating even using Goof Off and a razor blade. I only lost one finger… just kidding, but it is never easy. I made a production line out of removing the labels. Most of them came off with the razor blade and then I cleaned off the sticker residue with Goof Off. A few spritzes of Windex and they were ready.
2. I played around with the height placement and spacing between the mirrors. The height ended up being dictated by the electrical outlet – to clear it, I placed them 19″ above the floor. I spaced them 1-1/2″ apart.
3. I used picture hanging strips to hang the mirrors. When using these strips, you should always use rubbing alcohol to clean the surfaces where they will be attached. I wiped the back of the mirrors and the wall with rubbing alcohol. Once the alcohol was dry, I attached 3 picture hanging strips to the back of each mirror. One in each top corner and the other on the center bottom of the mirror.
To ensure the mirrors were perfectly in line, I used my laser level. If you don’t have one of these, it is the best invention ever. It is very inexpensive. Ed bought mine online many years ago, but you can buy them at any home improvement store and even the dollar store. Mine takes 2 “AAA” batteries.
3. To find a level line along the wall, I first used painter’s tape to mark the height I wanted the mirrors. To use the laser level, you simply hold it against the wall. It has a bubble level in it and suction cups to hold it to the wall once you find level placement.
Move the laser level until the bubble is in the center of the glass tube and then push the level to the wall so the suction cups stick. A red laser line will show up along the wall. You can see it in the photo above. This line is level. I used it as a guide to place the top of each mirror.
4. To make sure the mirrors were spaced evenly next to each other, I taped my ruler along the top of the first mirror and then placed the second one 1-1/2″ away. I moved the ruler to the next mirror until I had all the mirrors hung.
Now all I have to do to finish the room is to figure out how I am going to cover the cords coming from the TV. Ed bought me it for Christmas so I can do my workout videos. XO It was a total surprise.
To hold the DVD player, I found the little rolling table I had in my living room was perfect. I will be making a new table for my living room to replace it. I will post more about that soon.
I have been using my Pilates reformer in the room since the summer, but now I am a little discouraged, not because of the TV or table, but the fact that I have a stress fracture in my right foot.
Long story… made short. I was hit by a car when I was bicycling in Hilton Head, SC in November. To keep from going under the car, I jumped off the bike, landed on the car’s hood and bounced off – I landed on my feet, but my right foot took the brunt of the landing. I didn’t feel any pain initially, but did begin to notice it a few weeks later, especially after exercise or walking a distance. I am not supposed to exercise for about 6-8 weeks. 🙁 I can do Pilates, but no stepping, jumping, etc.
I am looking forward to the beginning of March when I can hopefully start jumping around again doing workout videos and be able to enjoy the room to the fullest. 🙂
Drilling holes into a mirror is a tricky business, but it can be rewarding. The key is to work slowly and show lots of patience. You also cannot drill a mirror with a regular drill bit. You must find one made to drill glass. The thickness of the glass can also affect your results. Thicker glass tends to be easier to drill as it is not as likely to crack as thin glass. Use the right tools and follow these steps to get the job done.
Step 1 – Set-Up
Before you begin drilling, place the mirror on the plywood with the backside face up. Make sure the plywood and mirror are at a comfortable height for you to work with. Then, make marks where you want your holes to be. Do not plan holes too close to the edge, or you will risk damaging the mirror.
Tape the transparent plastic onto the mirror. If you do not have access to transparent plastic, tape the area you wish to drill instead and use the marker to show the exact center of the holes you wish to create. Be sure you are wearing your face mask before you begin drilling.
Step 2 – Create First Holes in Plastic
Use a regular drill bit and bore through the plastic directly above the marks on the back of the mirror. Drill slowly and do not drill any further than the plastic. These holes will guide you as you begin to drill into the glass. Skip this step if you do not have plastic.
Step 3 – Drill the Glass
Exchange the regular drill bit for the diamond drill bit. Using the regular drill bit on the glass will only dull it, and you will also be more likely to damage the glass. Next, place the drill above the glass, inside the holes through the plastic. The drill should be held at a 90-degree angle with the surface. Then, slowly begin drilling into the glass at a constant speed and with light pressure.
As you progress, you will see fine glass dust coming from your drill. You should already be wearing a face mask, but do not breath this in; it is very harmful when it comes in contact with your lungs. Use the water to keep the area moist as well. This will help prevent the bit from overheating and will make it easier to bore through. As you drill, lift the bit from the hole to allow the water access.
Once you are through the mirror, turn it over. Carefully and slowly drill into the hole from the front side. Be careful as chips of glass may begin to fly around. Again, keep the area moist.
Step 4 – Clean Up
Once you have completed drilling the holes, use a wet rag to wipe away any excess dust. Then, remove the tape and plastic cover, and clean any marks left by the tape. The mirror is now ready to hang on your wall.
Make your home feel larger by adding a Mirrored Wall. Below is the step-by-step tutorial on how to make a mirror wall.
I love my new house, but there are still a lot of blank empty walls that I need to do something with.
Around the time that we moved in, I found boxes of 12×12 inch mirrors on clearance for $7. Each box had 6 mirrors, that’s just over $1 each! I bought 4 boxes.
There were several ideas spinning around my head but late one night I decided to hang them in my bathroom.
This was my current bathroom mirror situation.
Yup. That is pretty sad and pathetic. I can do way better than that!
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How to Make a Mirror Wall:
The first step was to make sure that the wall I wanted to put the mirrors on was actually straight against the door frame and floor, and I used a level for that.
Whew! It is, so that made things a whole lot easier.
That means that I could simply line up the mirror tiles along the baseboard and door frame. (The door leads into my closet if you are curious.)
If your baseboards aren’t level, move the bottom row of mirror tiles up a couple of inches to where you won’t notice the difference, and begin your mirror wall there.
The Scotch Mounting Squares are double-sided and I placed one in each corner of the mirror tile.
Applying one tile at a time, peel the backings of the mounting squares and press the mirror tile onto the wall.
Working from the bottom up, I added my mirrored tiles.
The next six are up. It is looking cool already!
The whole project took about an hour, which is good because it was about 1 in the morning when I started.
After all of the tiles were up, the wall looked awesome! I am couldn’t help but think to myself how amazing I am, even though I am pretty sure I am not the first person to ever hang mirrors on their wall.
Then I noticed something.
The toilet is right across from the mirror!
All of my kudos and pats on the back went away. Oops! Why didn’t I notice that before?
OOh well. Now I just have a better view of hubby when he is in the shower! See you can turn anything into a positive!
When you make a mirror wall please share a photo! We would love to see it.
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One thing you’ll notice about any popular gym or health club is that they’re full of mirrors! In the weight room, change room, cardio room and everywhere else you’ll find walls of large, full length mirrors. Mirrors allow members to view their reflection and inspect their exercise form, and determine whether they’re progressing with their workout program. Mirrors can also serve as a motivational tool as well.
Be it Boxing, Yoga or Step Class, exercising with mirrors allow you to view your exercise form to make sure that it is correct. With a mirror you can visually determine whether you’re cheating during an exercise. As you’re performing your set, a mirror provides actual feedback where you can check your form & posture.
One of the most familiar elements in any dance studio is a ballet barre. When you first open your dance studio , it should be one of your first purchases before your doors open. From the pros and cons of different types of ballet barres, to the standard ballet barre height for your students, this is what you should keep in mind when installing a ballet barre in your studio.
Why You Need A Ballet Barre
Whether you teach classical ballet or not, you need a ballet barre. Barre exercises promote strength and endurance by working the abs, arms, legs, and back, and strengthen these muscles to endure a wide variety of movements in all types of dance–not just ballet.
The stretches performed during barre exercises also help your students stay flexible and move gracefully through any type of dance.
Stretching in barre exercises also helps relieve pain and tension that students may experience, making them better able to withstand grueling rehearsals and long spans of instruction time. And, students that perform barre exercises often will be amazed at how they can hold tough positions better, and longer each time they attend class.
Steps For Installing a Ballet Barre
Ballet barre installation is a fairly easy process, with a few key decisions, as we’ll discuss.
- Decide on the type of barre you want
- Gather the necessary materials
- Figure out the correct ballet barre height
- Build or install the barre safely
- Celebrate and begin using it
We know the process is not this cut and dry, though. Let’s break these steps down further so you can choose the perfect barre for your dance studio!
Types Of Ballet Barres
The type of ballet barre you choose matters. Is one better than the other? The most simple answer to this question is that it depends. There are pros and cons to the two most common types of ballet barres: portable and wall-mounted.
Portable Ballet Barres
- Because a portable barre is freestanding, students can stand on both sides of it to perform exercises, making it more efficient if you have large classes
- You can move it to any room that needs it, or even your lobby during open houses
- Portable barres are much more affordable than wall-mounted ones, often as little as one-quarter of the cost of wall-mounted barres depending on the type you get
- Because of this low price, you can get multiple barres in various heights to accommodate different ballet barre heights for different students
- Setting up a portable ballet barre can be quite difficult, and you’ll face this tricky set-up and break down each time
- If not properly installed, a portable ballet barre doesn’t give optimum support to a dancer’s legs while performing stretches and routines
- This lack of support and instability can be dangerous for your students, making portable barres a risky choice for the long-term
Wall-Mounted Ballet Barres
- These types of barres are significantly more durable, making it the better choice for weight-bearing exercises and routines
- When properly installed, wall-mounted barres are much safer and more stable than portable ones
- You only need to install a wall-mounted barre once, which means you won’t have to worry about setting it up before each class or after moving it
- You can only use one side of it because on the other side is the wall, making it more difficult to manage larger classes
- Wall-mounted barres are significantly more expensive than portable ones, and you’ll also have to pay for professional installation
- Because it’s fixed to the wall, once you choose your ballet barre height, that is the height it will be permanently (or you can install a double barre with two different heights)
How To Install A Wall-Mounted Ballet Barre
Even with these drawbacks, a wall-mounted ballet barre is usually your best choice for long-term use. While they can be more expensive and aren’t as flexible for a growing studio, they keep your student safer which is your #1 concern.
Due to this focus, you should also opt for professional installation. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few ways to prepare beforehand. First, decide on your ballet barre height. We give some recommendations for this below.
Before you proceed with the installation, also make sure you have all materials gathered for your installation crew, such as your ballet barre brackets.
The number of brackets you need will depend on how many barres you plan to install. Brackets are typically pre-paired with screw and you may need heavy-duty wall anchors for added stability if the wall does not have a stud to drill into.
Some companies also sell barre kits with all the pieces you may need, but be sure to check and count those pieces before calling in your installation crew. It’s better to over-prepare than risk delays and added fees.
Finally, have your space prepped. If you need to paint the wall before installation, do that at least a day or two ahead of time. Then, save some paint for touch-ups after installation in case of scratches or missed drill holes.
How To Find The Perfect Ballet Barre Height
The standard ballet barre height should come to the waist level of an average adult. If you’re installing one barre and not a double barre, it should be approximately 42-44 inches from the floor for an adult and 32-34 inches from the floor for children.
The barre should also be spaced far enough away from the wall. Assuming your ballet barre dimensions are roughly 1.75 inches in diameter, from the inside of the barre to the wall, there should be approximately 7.25 inches of space. From the outside of the barre to the wall, there should be approximately 9 inches.
A double barre is a great investment if your dance studio serves both children and young adults. With a double barre, the upper barre accommodates the standard ballet barre height of young adults and adults, and the lower barre accommodates children.
However, should you need a barre installed even lower to the floor than this, it might be a good idea to get another smaller portable barre with adjustable height. Children grow like weeds, and the height they need at the beginning of the class season compared with the end of the season, could actually change drastically.
Raise the Barre at Your Studio
Hopefully, this post made your ballet barre installation a little easier. With a little planning and the right tools, your studio can meet the needs of your students.
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Mirrors are a convenient addition to your home gym or to the space where you work out. When you have a gym mirror, you can watch yourself while lifting weights or performing other exercises to ensure that you have proper posture.
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Things You Will Need
- Tape measure
- Chalk line
- Heavy-duty mirror clips with screw fasteners
- Stud finder
- Screw gun
- 1/4-inch drill bit (optional)
- Drywall anchors (optional)
The handy mirrors are tall and cover most of the wall so that you can watch your full movement during a workout. Hang gym mirrors by anchoring them to a wall with heavy-duty mirror clips, which typically come with specialized fasteners.
Determine where to attach a mirror to the wall. Position the mirror height so that it runs directly above electrical outlets that are in the way. Measure up from the floor, and place a pencil mark where the mirror bottom will rest. Place another pencil mark down the wall where the mirror will end. Snap a chalk line horizontally across the wall from mark to mark.
Find the width of the mirror by measuring from edge to edge. Start at one end of the chalk line, and work your way down the wall to place marks to represent the mirror width on the horizontal snapped line. Measure 2 inches inward from each mirror width mark on the wall, and place another mark in that spot to represent the placement of a mirror clip.
Place one heavy-duty mirror clip against the wall, and align the edge that the mirror will sit in with the snapped horizontal line. Make the clip’s outside edge flush with the mark that is 2 inches inward from the mirror edge. Slip the tip of the pencil through the hole or holes in the clip to place marks on the wall at the locations where you’ll attach screw fasteners.
Slide a stud finder over the fastener marks on the wall to determine whether or not a wall stud is behind the marks. If a wall stud is present, then place screw fasteners through the slots in the mirror clip, and screw them through the wall and into the stud. If no stud is present, then drill a 1/4-inch hole into the wall, and insert a plastic anchor in the hole; then place a screw fastener through the mirror clip slot and in the anchor, and tighten the screw in the anchor. Repeat this step for each mirror clip across the bottom line on the wall.
Place the mirror into the bottom clips, and press it firmly against the wall. Repeat the procedure for each clip.
Hang a heavy mirror if you want your room to appear larger than it is. A large and heavy mirror hanging at your wall will not only make your room seemingly more spacious but it also serves as a light reflector convenient for rooms with small windows.
Hanging a heavy mirror is not a difficult task. However, it requires assistance from a friend, especially if the weight of the mirror is greater than what a single person can lift or carry.
Step 1 – Examine the Mirror
Examine the heavy mirror and determine if it has a frame. Make sure the screw eyes on the frame are firmly secure. Check the picture wire if it is firmly twisted at the screw eyes.
Step 2 – Position the Mirror
Look for an ideal place for your heavy mirror. With a pencil, determine the center of the heavy mirror and mark two adjacent spots. Make sure that the two marked spots are level to each other.
Step 3 – Locate the Studs
With a stud finder, determine if there is a stud behind the two marked spots you made on Step 2. If there is a stud behind the two marked spots, drill a pilot hole on each spot with a drill bit that is slightly smaller in diameter than the wood screw you are using. Insert the wood screw into the pilot hole and tighten using a screwdriver. Do not screw the wood screws all the way into the wall. Make sure there is at least one inch of protruding wood screws which will serve as the hanging point for your heavy mirror. Place the heavy mirror on the wall and make sure the picture wire is firmly attached to the wood screws.
If there is no stud behind your two marked spots, you can either reposition your heavy mirror location until you find a stud underneath your marked spots or use toggle bolts. Toggle bolts are perfect for hanging heavy objects on drywall.
Step 4 – Hang a Frameless Mirror (Optional)
For frameless heavy mirrors, install mirror clips. Mirror clips are clear plastic clips that can withstand the weight of heavy mirrors. Mark and measure the bottom portion of the heavy mirror and use a level to make sure the heavy mirror is positioned straight and level on the wall. Mark the two spots with a pencil. Mark another two spots, this time mark the top area of the heavy mirror where the two mirror clips should be installed.
Using a stud finder, determine if there is a stud at your mark spots and then drill a pilot hole on each marked spot. Attach long wood screws in the holes and then attach the mirror clips on the wood screws. Attach the heavy mirror on the wall with the mirror clips. Make sure the heavy mirror is level before tightening the mirror clips.