How to Hang a Mirror Over a Couch


Mirrors add depth to a small room and also reflect light to help the room appear brighter. Framed mirrors add to the decor of the room and are just as important as other artwork or accessories. When an acceptable picture can’t be found to display above the couch, a mirror is a good solution to fill the gap.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Tape
  • Hanging hooks
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Position the bottom of the mirror a maximum of 12 inches above the sofa back. Twelve inches allows clearance for head room. Place a piece of tape on the wall to mark the position and help with the final mounting of the mirror.

  • Measure the center of the couch and the mirror. Align the centers to ensure equal distance on both sides. Place tape on the wall to mark the width of the mirror.

  • Examine the back of the mirror for the hardware needed to hang the mirror. Place tape on the wall to mark the location of the hardware.

  • Select a hook recommended for the weight of the mirror. Read the label for the weight allowance.

  • Nail one hook into the wall and secure the mirror onto the hook. Place a level across the top of the mirror to determine whether the unsecured side of the mirror needs to be raised or lowered to make it level.

  • Mark the location of the second hook and remove the mirror from the first hook. Nail the second hook into the wall. Hang the mirror on both hooks and remove the tape.

Tips & Warnings

  • There are three types of hanging hooks. A hook supported with one nail is capable of holding 30 pounds, two-nail hooks hold 50 pounds and three-nail hooks hold 100 pounds. Hooks are better than wires for hanging artwork and mirrors. Wires may cause the frame to tilt.

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