One of the most inexpensive ways to decorate a room is to mount a frameless mirror on a wall. Frameless mirrors add depth and a feeling of openness to a room without overpowering it with heavy molding. Although frameless mirrors are more difficult to mount than their framed counterparts, with the right tools any homeowner can overcome this task to create a wall treatment that looks bright and enhances the size of a room.
Things You'll Need
- 4 J-shaped mirror clips
- Carpenter's level
- Stud finder
- Drilling machine
How to Mount Frameless Mirrors
Purchase four J-shaped mirror clips from your local hardware store. Typically made of metal or plastic, these clips have a ledge to hold a frameless mirror in place.
Select the appropriate spot on the wall where you want to mount the frameless mirror. Keep in mind the size of the mirror and the available space.
Wear your gloves and place the mirror flat on the wall where you want to mount it, and carefully mark the four corners with a pencil. You may need someone to help you if the mirror is large and heavy.
Connect the four corner points with a ruler. This outline helps you get an idea of where the mirror will go and how much space it will take.
Step back to check that the outline is level with the ground. You can also use a carpenter's level to make sure the outline is level.
Use a stud finder to locate studs in the wall if you are hanging the mirror on a drywall. Locate four studs that are within the outline you have drawn, and mark them with a pencil. Skip this step if you are hanging the frameless mirror on concrete or hardwood.
Drill holes into the lower and upper marks where the studs are located if mounting on a drywall. If you are mounting on concrete or hardwood, place a mirror clip one inch inside from each corner and mark the hole with a pencil. Drill holes over each marked spot.
Attach the clips.
Tighten both the lower clips firmly into place, leaving the upper two loose.
Hold the mirror firmly at both sides and slide it into the lower two J-shaped clips. Press the mirror down to secure it into the clips.
Slide the top two clips over the top edge of the mirror.
Tighten the upper two clips with a drill or screwdriver so they are secure and hold the mirror firmly in place.