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How to Install a Bathroom Mirror

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Preparation and Safety in Bathroom Mirror Installation
A framed bathroom mirror over a vanity.
  • If possible, use the studs behind the wall to support your mirror. Gather any mounting hardware you plan to use, and if you are using mounting brackets, be sure to place them on a level plane so that they will equally support the weight of the mirror.
  • Have someone help you if you’re installing a bathroom mirror that is larger. Be sure your hardware is rated to handle the weight of your mirror. 
  • If you live in a seismic zone, consult your local building requirements for any additional installation guidance on how to hang a bathroom mirror.
Framed Mirrors
A person preparing a small frame to hold a mirror.
  • If you’re installing a bathroom mirror with a frame, check the mirror frame for a hanger bracket. If the mirror frame does not already have a bracket centered at the top of the frame, connect a wire between two side brackets so that the curve of the wire when pulled tight is slightly below the top of the frame. 
  • Twist the wire around itself several times and use pliers to snip off any extra. 
  • Next, mark the desired location on the wall and attach a properly sized hook. 
  • Hang the mirror wire on the hook and adjust the mirror to make it level.
Small Frameless Mirrors
A person measuring a frameless mirror.
  • Small frameless mirrors are usually held in place with clips. The first step in how to install a bathroom mirror is to decide mirror placement. Then, determine the number of clips that will be required based on the size of the mirror. Be sure to consider the composition of the wall or door where you’re mounting the mirror. 
  • For an inexpensive way to spruce up the look of a frameless mirror, consider adding your own frame. You can use a picture frame moulding to create a custom frame. 
Large Frameless Mirrors
A large frameless mirror in a bathroom.
  • Large frameless mirrors are often supported directly on the bath countertop backsplash and fixed to the wall using mirror adhesive. 
  • Mark the location of the mirror, then stage the mirror close to its final position. 
  • Apply mirror adhesive to the back of the mirror and/or to the wall, following the manufacturer’s instructions. 
  • Move the mirror into position and support it as recommended by the adhesive manufacturer.

Any bathroom vanity will be made more useful and stylish with a bathroom mirror installed. Choose a framed or frameless mirror, and do your best to hang it on a stud for maximum support.

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