Summary: Learn how to hang a picture and mirror, fit a mirror, hang a picture, attach battens to a frame and fix a mirror to a wall.
Hanging pictures and mirrors is a relatively simple project but can have a big impact on the way your room appears. Placing a mirror opposite a window will reflect light into the room, making rooms seem lighter and larger. Conversely, large empty walls can be made to look less stark by positioning pictures at eye-level. Ensure your pictures or mirrors are hung correctly by following the directions below.
Be sure to use the appropriate fixings for the weight of the picture or mirror. Light and medium weight pictures and mirrors can be hung from a pin picture hook hammered into the wall, but first check that the plaster is sound. Heavier or wider pictures and mirrors should be hung from hooks at either end of the cord. Another method is to hang a heavy picture or mirror by a chain or wire across the back of the picture, which is then suspended over a round-headed screw fixed into the wall.
Most pictures will be safe hanging from wire or cord but heavy mirrors require chains. If the mirror or painting is very heavy, you may need to attach battens to the frame and wall.
Measure the distance between the hook and the top of the frame and transfer this measurement to the wall by measuring down from your central mark.
Fix interlocking battens to the picture and the wall.
Some unframed mirrors have holes drilled for fixing. Others can be fixed using corner or sliding clips. The number of clips required to hold the mirror securely will depend on the size of the mirror. The minimum number you will need is two at the bottom and two at the top.
Allow the top clips enough play to move them up and down to slide down over the mirror's top edge.
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