How to Hang a Heavy Mirror
Materials and Tools:
18-gauge single-strand wire
D-rings and screw eyes
1. Locate the exact mounting point. If you're hanging the mirror above a mantel, locate the center point above the mantel. Or center the mirror on a wall.
2. Locate studs on the wall using a stud finder. Mark both edges of each stud, and then place a piece of tape to mark the center of the stud between the marks. Locate all the studs in the area where you'll hang the mirror.
3. Measure your mirror to find the center.
4. Mark positions for D-rings on either side of the mirror, about 6 inches from the top. Use a carpenter's square to mark mounting points in the center of the frame.
5. To distribute the weight more evenly around the frame, insert screw eyes near the bottom of the mirror. Again, position them in the center of the frame.
6. Pull off a copious amount of wire, double it up and feed it through one of the bottom screw eyes, up through the D-rings and down to the screw eye on the opposite side of the frame. Do not pull the wire taught, leave a bit of slack.
7. To secure the first end, create a restraint with a bit of scrap wire. This will keep the wire from separating. A final crimp with the pliers will keep it nice and tight. Repeat this process at each junction of the wire. This will keep the separate strands together and make it easier to handle.
8. Loop the wire through the screw eye and tie it off.
9. Lift the mirror into position to see how it's going to fit in the space. When it's in the desired position, mark the wall at the top of the mirror. Set the mirror back down and draw a level line across the wall.
10. Pick two adjacent studs and draw lines along the center of the studs up to the top line. Measure down about 4 to 5 inches from the top line along each stud centerline. Mark this point and secure your hangers. Make sure to use hangers that are rated to handle the weight of your mirror.
11. Hoist the mirror back into place and run the wire through the hangers.
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A bold and gorgeous mirror can be the focal point of a room. Designer Andreas Charalambous of FORMA Design uses this extra-large mirror to "reflect the light from the balcony below and to serve as a last-minute check point as the owners head out to work," he says. "The mirror itself becomes the artwork in this minimal set up." Even a large wall mirror can bring simplicity to a space if used correctly.
Double the Space
Add mirrors to any space you want to visually expand. "The location and placement of the mirror are key when utilizing them you want to ensure that it will not create undesirable reflections and will allow it to maximize its innate qualities," designer Celia Berliner says. Mirrors, like this large dining room one, brighten the room, create additional luminosity and add dimension to the space, she says. Design by Celia Berliner
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The Perfect Spot
Mirrors can be displayed in every room of the house, but a favorite spot for designers is the entryway. "Entries, rooms that lack natural light and dining areas can be a great place because they create an opportunity for creative lighting, candles, ambience, art and reflectivity," designer Amy Bubier says. Jennifer Duneier is a designer who enjoys a mirrored entryway so everyone can do a final check before leaving the house. Design by Emily Henderson
This wall-sized floor mirror defines the modern dining area in an open floor plan. Designer Andreas Charalambous of FORMA Design angles this oversized beauty against the wall to reflect natural light and the views of the adjacent garden. The apartment's small size is visually enhanced by the dramatic addition.
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Dining rooms are an ideal place for mirrors, especially when there's a full house. Designer David Scott prefers to use mirrors in rooms lacking natural light where they can create a greater impact. "I love to use mirrors in a dining room and light candles which will reflect and create a warm, romantic glow," he says. David uses an extra-large wall mirror to add more visual dimension to the space and create an elegant, yet relaxing atmosphere.