Setting Up Wall Mirrors In 6 Easy Steps

Syroco Clocks Made Into Mirrors

On the surface, putting up a wall mirror should be a piece of cake. But we all know that it can be a real pain when your mirror gives way and smashes into small pieces on your floor, so it’s probably a good idea to do it right the first time. That means you’re going to need the right equipment, including the correct nails, screws or fasteners, as well a small hammer, and a pencil.

In addition to these items, I would include a laser level and a cable detector. Although the latter two pieces of equipment aren’t necessarily essential, they will certainly make your life easier. Once you have the skills required to put up your own mirrors you can change them around as often as you like. Check out our previous feature on different types of mirrors for your home.

So if you’re looking to put up some wall mirrors, just follow our simple guide:

Step 1: Identifying the Location

You might have a vague idea of where you want to put your mirror, but the key to making it look good is actually finding the perfect spot.

It should be perfectly centred within a section of wall and at a good height. Your best policy here is to get someone to hold the mirror against the wall and move it around until you're absolutely content with it. With a pencil, mark off the bottom corner points and then put the picture to one side for a moment.

Step 2: Finding Wiring

Most wiring in modern houses is safely out of the way. However, if you're going to put a nail into a wall it's best to be absolutely sure what's behind it, because you don't want to catch a cable or (worse) a water pipe. There are hundreds of devices out there that will check for you, so make sure that you use one so you can put up your mirror without having to worry about the lights suddenly going out.

Step 3: The Right Fixing

Sometimes a nail is the perfect solution, but often it's not. This is particularly true if you're hanging up something big or heavy.

For instance, if you're drilling into brick, you're probably going to need a screw. But if you're hanging something heavy on a plaster board wall you'll need to spread the weight, preferably with several 'four pin' hooks. A quick search on Google will tell you how to identify the nature of your wall, and make sure that you've got the right fitting to stick in (and not damage) the wall.

Step 4: Preparation

To prepare, just put a sheet down underneath where you're going to work, or at the very least have a vacuum cleaner handy as it'll save time in the long run. Use your laser level to make sure that your lines are completely perfect and mark them off with a pencil (you can always rub it out later).

Step 5: Put In the Hangings

This bit should be the quickest and easiest part of the process. All you need to do is simply knock in the correct fixings into the wall at the right spot.

Step 6: Double Check

Finally, use the laser level to make sure that your mirror is level.

Hollywood Regency wall sconce, wall chandelier

Picture Credit- Rococo Decor on Etsy

Hollywood Regency Wall Sconces

Picture Credit- Rococo Decor on Etsy

 Vintage Hollywood Regency wall sconce newly painted a modern teal/French blue. This candelabra, wall sconce holds two standard size candle sticks Picture Credit- Rococo Decor on Etsy

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