Mirrors would expectedly be found in the bedrooms and bathrooms of most homes but more and more, this is not the case and mirrors are gracing halls, family rooms, living rooms, and staircases as decorative items to enhance the aesthetic magic of the home.
So aside from the obvious purpose behind having a mirror which is to determine just how stunning you look in the eyes of others, the mirror is used to create an air of fullness and expand the perceived spaces in halls, and staircases. The frames are also artwork in themselves.
Some of them are as ornate and extravagant as actual works of sculpture. Many are actually commissioned to be crafted by artisans and not metal and woodworkers.
Homeowners are getting more and more discerning as time goes and traditionally benign items such as mirrors are quickly joining the fray as items of artistic craftsmanship and not mere utility-based household items.
Because of this, all aspects of utilizing mirrors for both utility and aesthetics must come under consideration making it a factor in how they are hung to best create a visually pleasing display.
Most of the time, you will find mirrors hanging on visible hooks which may not be the most ideal way to use mirrors aesthetically since the hooks are not entirely attractive to look at.
In any event, a mirror that appears to be self suspending simply appeals better. So how would you hang a mirror without hooks? Below are some solutions you could try.
How to Hang a Mirror Without Hooks
- Adhesive mirrors
- Adhesive tape or mounting tape
- Command strips
Adhesive mirrors offer a practical solution to this problem. The traditional mirror tends to be both heavy and bulky demanding a more stable way of hanging it such as hooks. To avoid this adhesive mirrors which are much thinner and lighter are a great alternative.
The back of the mirror is an adhesive surface so all you have to do is peel it and carefully attach the adhesive to the wall surface you have selected for it.
The fact that these mirrors are manufactured thinner and therefore lighter is an added advantage since the number one concern with hanging mirrors this way is the weight.
Traditional mirrors get heavier with size. Adhesive mirrors do not have this problem because even the weight of a fairly large mirror is not that significant and they stay safely up on the wall for years.
Unless you must have the traditional mirror, it would be best to go for adhesive mirrors only. If you must have the older heavier mirrors, you still have the following options to explore.
Heavy Duty Adhesive Tape or Mounting Tape
If you do not want to destroy your wall with hooks, mounting tape is the solution for you. That said, while this has been touted as a simple DIY project, it may not be so simple.
The average mid-sized mirror or portrait mirror can easily be held up by most of these tapes but larger mirrors need more.
Traditional full-size mirrors are quite heavy on their own and need fairly strong hooks or stands. The most common error when choosing mounting tape is underestimating the weight of the frame.
Many people correctly make note of the weight of a mirror which in many cases is even indicated on the frameless mirror then go on to select the frame assuming the added weight will contribute little to the overall weight of the finished product.
This may be so since many a frame may add at most two pounds or so to the final tally.
But upon hanging with mounting tape, the dynamics are different and this extra weight exerts force both downward and away from the wall all day long.
Suddenly out of nowhere the mirror crashes. The mounting tape must be strong enough to absorb the counter-pressure exerted by a mirror hanging from one side which means you must consult along these lines.
Additionally, though this happens very slowly, the adhesive may degrade over time so be sure to get the best product, particularly where you have a large mirror that may be hanging where sunlight reaches it.
Command strips are an excellent alternative to hooks. They are small, invisible, and pose no danger to the integrity of your wall and your paint. As with adhesive tape, the command strip must be able to handle the weight of your mirror or you will have unnecessary accidents.
Small mirrors are never a problem and will easily stay up for years if not decades. The problem is always with larger mirrors and the added weight of their frames. There are many varieties of command strips with varying degrees of strength.
Be mindful of this. It would be better to err on the side of caution. Additionally, you may find that you slowly begin to add weights on the mirror if the frame is customized to have a holder or slab on which you could place bottles of lotion and other cosmetic items.
Over time, the weight will increase and the tipping point will soon be reached. To avoid breakage, go for the most optimal solution which would be heavy-duty command strips that will serve you for years.
All the above solutions are based on adhesive as a solution. These are more prone to accidents than the traditional hanging hooks which offer more stability for much longer.
There are, however, hooks that may be more agreeable despite the fact that they still must be drilled or nailed into your wall.
They are more precise in their installation and will cause minimal damage to your wall. Moreover, these hooks can be installed such that they remain invisible and therefore will not assault the appearance of your mirror.
For larger mirrors and for your more elaborate frames, the better option would be to bank on solutions that can handle weight better. When attached to the wall in an expertly manner, these are a better safer option compared to adhesive options;
- Drywall hooks
- Wall anchors
- Toggle bolts