Mirrors are great for creating some visual space anywhere in your home. If you feel insecure about drilling holes to hang your mirror, don’t worry; there are lots of ways to put up your mirror without inflicting damage to your walls. In this post, we highlight some of the most straightforward and affordable methods to use instead.
There are several ways to hang your mirrors without using nails. Here are four of the most common DIY-friendly methods to use instead:
- Wall anchors
- Toggle bolts
- Drywall hooks
Nails are notorious for leaving unsightly blemishes on a plaster wall. This post outlines some well-researched methods you can use instead to avoid the hustle and hefty repair costs. Without further ado, let’s get to it, shall we?
How To Put Mirrors On Walls Without Nails
Adhesive mirrors are great alternatives for ordinary glass mirrors. They are pretty light and straightforward to install. They have a sticky, non-penetrating backing that you need to press onto the wall for a firmer grip.
Wall anchors – or wall mollies – are small plastic anchors that you push into a hole on your plaster after drilling. At the center of a wall anchor is a hole where you will need to fit a screw of the same size. Once your screw is secured in place, the screw head becomes strong enough to support the mirror bracket.
Wall anchors typically support light mirrors and work wonderfully on plasters or drywalls of all types.
Toggle bolts are perfect for heavier mirrors. All you need to do is make a small hole on your drywall/plaster, and fit your toggle bolt. On the other side of your wall, the toggle will spread out. Give it a firm grip on your wall by tightening the bolt.
Once your toggle has a solid grip, the bolt head on the other side will be strong enough to hang more substantial objects. Unlike nails, you won’t have to worry about it falling any time soon.
Drywall hooks are the new-age solution for hanging mirrors or pictures in your bedroom through drywalls or plasters, without the use of nails. They work similarly to toggle bolts. You just need to fit the hook into your plaster and turn it to ensure it rests squarely against your wall.
Before fitting your hook, ensure the area behind your plaster is hollow enough. The moment it’s locked into place, it becomes stable enough to carry mirrors of any size.
Is It Possible To Hang Mirrors Without Screws?
Velcros are a fast and easy alternative to screwing your walls. You can hang mirrors of any size, shape, or weight on your wall without putting holes on your walls.
To hang your mirror, attach one half of the Velcro to your wall and the other to your mirror. Position the mirror against the wall and press firmly for at least 30 seconds. Wait for at least an hour for the adhesive to bond with the mirror and the wall.
Velcros are somewhat similar to command strips since they both have strong adhesive.
Can Command Strips Hold Up Mirrors?
Provided you don’t hang your mirror on a wall that gets direct sunlight, there’s no problem using command strips.
The wall that you want to stick your mirror on should be dry at all times. Even though the strips are advertised as waterproof, you don’t want to risk breaking your mirror.
Also, pay attention to the texture of your wall. Command strips are made to use on smooth surfaces. Such surfaces include varnished wood, plaster, glass, tile, painted wallboard, and stained wood.
If your wall is void of any bumps, cracks, or rough patches, you’re good to go. Also, avoid using the strips on fresh paint.
How Do You Hang A Heavy Mirror With Command Strips?
For mounting massive mirrors, you need to use the 3-meter Command strips. Applying them to your mirror and the wall is a pretty straightforward process; all the instructions are on the packaging.
All you need to do is get the right measurements and decide where you want your mirror to hang. Ensure you pick the right spot because you can only use the strips once.
If you feel that you might make a few errors here and there, you need to buy the variety kit that comes with different sizes of strips (small + medium). You can use the extra pieces to test the positions and set aside the three-meter Command strip for the final fitting.
Can Multiple Command Strips Hold More Weight?
Yes, they can, but only marginally. How much weight command strips can support will depend on where they’re placed.
It’s also a matter of fair weight distribution. The Velcro-style strips suggest that you can use at most four strips on weighty mirrors. Place them on the top left, bottom left, top right, and bottom-right areas.
If the hook’s base is broad enough, there’s no harm in placing the hooks side by side. This doubles the weight capacity that the hooks can accommodate.
If you need a strip with an adequate hold, we suggest going for the friction mounts. They are mostly available in three meters and look a lot like hard Velcro. If your mirror requires a semi-permanent hold, consider using the highest quality of metal fasteners.
What Is The Heaviest Weight Command Strips Can Hold?
Command strips are available in small, medium, and large strips. The heaviest weight the large strips can hold is five pounds (approximately).
You may be wondering if you can trust these strips to hold your mirror without worrying about it falling off your wall. The 3M Command Adhesives do a great job of holding huge paintings and mirrors as well.
We recommend that you first focus on where you want to hang your mirror. Even if the strips are strong enough, they’re pretty useless if you’re hanging it on a surface that only weakens the adhesive and overall grip.
How Do You Remove Adhesive From Walls Without Damage?
In the case of stubborn adhesives, use heat sparingly to melt the stains they leave behind. Any wrong move, and you can do some costly damages to your wall.
A blow torch, heat gun, and hairdryer are the perfect tools to use for this operation. Use a putty knife or spoon to scrape off the adhesive gently while you heat the stained surface.
For painted walls, warm water, and dishwashing liquid is enough to clear any form of adhesive. Use a spray bottle to wet the residue and gently wipe it off with a sponge. Keep it up until it finally softens and clears away.
What Kind Of Tape Is Safe For Walls?
Experts advise against the use of tape on walls. Sometimes, there’s simply no better solution. Tape is great for hanging light objects such as balloons, paintings, or even mirrors. So, which tape can you trust to keep your walls free from sticky stains or peeled paint?
Well, there are two options to choose from: Poster tape and painter’s tape. Both of these should keep the possible damage to a minimum after removal. They have adhesive on either side, and they’re effortless to use.
Don’t risk your bulky decorations or ornaments with these tapes. In any case, tapes of any kind are never a good idea to hang heavy stuff on your walls.
Sure Tips To Mount Your Mirror Without Nails
Get The Measurements Right
Start by marking off the spot you want to hang your mirror. Use a ruler, level, or straight edge to ensure the sides are equal before holding the mirror up to the wall.
Put Your Tools Together
Using the wrong tools or mounting brackets may cost you a great deal. Ensure you have everything you need (i.e., drills, screws, brackets, etc.) before getting started.
Use Paper For Making Markings
Holding your mirror up to the wall as you mark the drilling spots can be exhausting. Get a paper the same size as your mirror, tape it on the wall, and mark the drilling spots.
Mounting The Mirror
Save the paint on your wall from scratches or scuffs by adding limited amounts of adhesive felt to the corners of your mirror. In place of felt, you can alternatively use masking tape or a small bit of sticky note.
Mirrors have a way of adding a clutter-free and natural layout to any room in your house. As you focus on a suitable nail-free treatment, consider incorporating different decorating ideas to spruce up your space and diversify your aesthetic!