How to Hang a Mirror

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.

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