How to Hang Bathroom Mirrors Without Nails & Drilling

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Do you want to know how to hang bathroom mirrors without nails and drilling?

You’ve come to the right place.

While mirrors save on space and give a bathroom an aesthetic look, having to drill and use nails may destroy the wall.

But you don’t have to do any of that, and in this post, I will show you how I install my bathroom mirrors without damaging the walls.

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How To Hang Bathroom Mirrors without nails & Drilling

To hang a mirror without nails or drilling, you’ll need to find alternative materials that will cause little to no damage to your walls. These include adhesives, mirror tapes, glue, toggle bolts, and or command strips. Other items include;

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Frameless mirror

Now that I have listed the requirements, let’s proceed to the steps to mount a mirror on the wall without nails or screws.

I will share the steps for installing light mirrors and also heavy mirrors [1].

Installing a light mirror

  1. Wall Preparation Before Hanging a Frameless Mirror Without Nails

This is the first step to hanging a mirror without drilling and it’s the most critical [2]. If you don’t prepare your type of surface well, the results might be disappointing. Here are the wall preparation steps.

  • Mirror measurement
    • In this step, you use a tape measure to get the accurate width and length of your mirror.
    • Be careful to locate the center of your mirror so that you may be able to give the mirror the right support.
    • If the mirror is big, you should use some L hooks or mirror clips to hold it in place.
  • Confirm the mounting location
    • You must be 100% sure that the location you have chosen is the best for hanging your mirror. This is more so if you are going to use a mirror adhesive.
    • They are too strong and you might scratch off the paint on your wall as you try to remove it. This might further result in the damaging of your drywall.
  • Use a board to mark the position of the mirror
    • This is the last mirror mounting preparation step. You should place a board under your intended mirror hanging spot.
    • Use masking tape to stick the board in its rightful place and fix the mirror on top of the board and use a level to check it.
    • You can also use a marking pencil or painter’s tape. In my case, I found a pencil to be the best.
  • Clean the mounting area
    • Now that you have the right space for your mirror, it’s time to clean it. Do this by using a microfiber cloth to thoroughly clean the mirror’s back and the wall.
    • You may be wondering why a microfiber cloth and not any other cloth right? Well, microfiber cloths don’t leave traces of fiber behind. There are several liquids you can use but I used alcohol.
  1. Strips Attachment to the Mirror

Even though double-sided adhesives will stick the mirror to the wall, they are not the best.

It would therefore be wise to use adhesive strips since they feature Velcro [3] on one side while the other side is sticky. It is good to note that the number of strips you will use is determined by the shape of the frameless mirror.

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For instance, a rectangular mirror will require four strips. Nevertheless, you can use as many mirror clips as you wish depending on how big or small your mirror is.

In case you don’t find pre-cut adhesive strips at the store, you can cut them to four or fewer inches. Remember that you must remove the adhesives’ lining before attaching it.

  1. Install the Mirror

Once the adhesives strips are attached to the mirror, installing them on the mirror is the next thing. This is followed by attaching the mirror into position and gently pressing it against the wall so that the adhesive may stick properly.

You might need someone to help you do this for you to be accurate. Ensure your eyes are keen on the areas where the strips are attached.

LED lights around mirror are something that you might also want to consider attaching.

If you’re looking for an easy way to install a mirror with a non-slip adhesive, here’s how to do it: 

Installing a heavy and larger mirror without nails

If you want to mount heavy mirrors in your bathroom, then adhesive strips might not be best to support it. The best alternative would be the picture hooks because they offer a reliable anchorage.

The requirements for this installation include a pencil, picture hooks, paper, and scissors. Here are the steps to follow

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  1. Draw the mirror on the paper

Tracing the mirror on paper is the first step. This will help you get a sketch whose size is the same as that of a mirror.

To achieve this, place the mirror on the paper and use a pencil to trace. Once you are done with tracing, cut out the mirror sketch using scissors.

  1. Mark the area where the hooks will be placed

Now that you have the sketch, mark the posts where you will position the hooks. Once you have marked the holes transfer them to the wall where you intend to hang your mirror.

Press the pencil through the holes to do the transfer. Since two hooks will serve the purpose you only require two holes as well.

  1. Push the hooks into the wall

Now that the holes are marked on the wall, press the picture hooks into the hole firmly. Ensure the hook faces up because if it faces another direction, then it won’t hold the mirror as it should.

Also, as you push it inside, you should ensure that it goes deep so that the mirror remains in the right position. The only thing that should be visible once you are done is the hooks.

  1. Mirror installation

This is the last step and you can now install the mirror on the hooks. Once installed, confirm that the mirror is secure and well-aligned.

How High to Hang a Bathroom Mirror?

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There is no specific height to hang a bathroom mirror. The height of the mirror is determined by several factors.

They include your ceiling’s height, the bathroom user’s height, shape, and size of the mirror among others.

Nevertheless, as much as there is no exact height of how high a bathroom mirror should hang, here are some pointers that can guide you.

  • Hang the mirror to a height of at least 5-inches above the sink
  • Hang the mirror slightly above the faucet
  • Place the mirror between the sink and lighting
  • Hang the mirror to accommodate all heights of users.

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How to Hang Heavy Mirrors With Toggle Bolt

If your bathroom has plaster surfaces, toggle bolts are the most secure way to hang the mirror. You hang it by first attaching a strong hanging wire to the piece and then drawing a line where the top of the toggle bolt will go.

Measure the distance between the frame’s top and the wire by stretching it. After that drill two holes between the distance, you have measured under the wall line.

Fold the toggle wings, insert the bolts and tighten them. Hang your mirror on the hooks and start using it.

Here’s an easy-to-follow video on how to install mirrors using toggle bolts:

Choosing a bathroom mirror

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Picking a bathroom mirror that will give you value for your money is not easy. This is because they come in different shapes, types, and prices.

Here are the common factors that can help you choose a mirror you will be proud of.

  • Type of wall
  • Weight capacity of the mirror
  • Mirror material
  • Mirror frame
  • Piece of wood for framed mirrors

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FAQs

How Do You Hang A Mirror Without Drilling?

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You can use adhesive strips with a Velcro side for lighter mirrors, or picture hooks and toggle bolts for heavy mirrors.

Will Silicone Hold Up A Mirror?

Silicone may hold up a mirror on the wall, but if you’re not careful, it may also affect the mirror’s backing. Natural Cure Silicon is a good option but if you can, avoid silicon at all costs.

Can I Hang A Mirror With Command Strips?

Yes, you can. Command strips will efficiently mount mirrors on plaster walls, drywalls, metal, wood, and many other types of walls. But they aren’t the best for brick walls or newly painted walls.
Below are some helpful videos on using command strips;

Conclusion

Hanging mirrors in your bathroom without drilling isn’t complicated. If you have the proper tools you have the mirror fixed easily. There are many options for hanging the mirror without nails.

You can use picture hooks, adhesives, toggle bolts among others. However, you must keep in mind that mirrors are of two types. The heavy ones hang differently from the light ones.

With heavy mirrors, you need to be more skilled and careful because they can break or overpower the wall. Now that you know the proper tools and steps to hang your mirror it is time to give your bathroom a better look.

References

  • 1. McGuirk K. Everything You Need to Know to Properly (and Safely) Hang a Heavy Mirror [Internet]. Better Homes & Gardens. Better Homes & Gardens; 2020 [cited 2021 Dec 6]. Available from: https://www.bhg.com/decorating/lessons/expert-advice/how-to-hang-a-mirror/#:~:text=Studs%20can%20be%20helpful%20for%20hanging%20a%20heavy,to%20reconsider%20if%20the%20proposed%20spot%20will%20work.
  • 2. How to Hang a Heavy Mirror [Internet]. The Home Depot. 2021 [cited 2021 Dec 6]. Available from: https://www.homedepot.com/c/ah/how-to-hang-a-heavy-mirror/9ba683603be9fa5395fab9014dac338b
  • 3. Goodrich R. Who Invented Velcro? [Internet]. livescience.com. Live Science; 2013 [cited 2021 Dec 6]. Available from: https://www.livescience.com/34572-velcro.html
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