How to Hang a Pressboard Mirror From the Ceiling

Add a new perspective to your room by hanging a pressboard mirror from your ceiling. Pressboard mirrors have a backing made with wood byproducts. Most mirrors that have this type of backing are thin and sturdy, which make them well-suited for hanging from a flat ceiling. One of the best ways to hang a mirror from the ceiling is to use specialized mirror adhesive, which is moisture resistant, flexible and permanent. Also, this type of project is simple enough for those who do not consider themselves handy.

Things You'll Need

  • 8-foot ladder
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • 2 soft cloths
  • Metal measuring tape
  • Coarse-grit sandpaper
  • Tube of mirror adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Nail
  • Removable duct tape
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    • 1

      Move out any furniture underneath the area where you want to hang the pressboard mirror. You need this space to work and set up your ladder.

    • 2

      Open an 8-foot ladder underneath the place you want the mirror. Spray an all-purpose cleaner on the ceiling to clean the area. Wipe the cleaner off with a soft cloth. Repeat as necessary. Allow the area to dry.

    • 3

      Mark on the ceiling where you want to hang the mirror using a metal measuring tape and pencil. Measure the size of the pressboard mirror and mark on the ceiling where the top and bottom of the mirror needs to go.

    • 4

      Sand the area where you plan on hanging the mirror with coarse-grit sandpaper in circular motions. Most ceilings are painted, and the sandpaper creates a rough surface for the adhesive the bind to. Wipe off any dust with a dry, soft cloth.

    • 5

      Clean the mirror with an all-purpose cleaner and wipe it off with a cloth. Turn the mirror over so it is upside down. Cut the 1/2-inch plastic tip off the tube of mirror adhesive with scissors. Poke a hole into the top with a nail to open it.

    • 6

      Squeeze 3/8-inch dots of mirror adhesive in rows over the entire backing of the mirror. Place the adhesive beads five inches apart starting from the edges.

    • 7

      Press the mirror firmly into place on the ceiling within 15 minutes of applying the adhesive. Tape the mirror to the ceiling with removable duct tape. Cut strips approximately 3 feet long and press them evenly across the mirror and onto the ceiling. Allow the adhesive to dry for 24 hours.

    • 8

      Remove the tape and clean the mirror.

Tips & Warnings

  • An assistant is necessary to hold the ladder and hand you the mirror.

  • If possible, press the mirror onto the ceiling with your hands for 15 minutes before taping.

  • Hand suction cups can also clamp the mirror to the ceiling after the adhesive is applied.

  • Clean up any excess adhesive with mineral spirits.

  • Open the windows when using the mirror adhesive.

  • Do not sleep under the mirror until the adhesive is completely dry.

  • Use caution when hanging a mirror on your ceiling if you live in an area prone to earthquakes. The glass can shatter.

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