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I have a closet full of these shelving standards that let you place adjustable height shelves. The vertical support bars have two columns of holes, which the shelves lock into with some prongs on the end.

But rather than mounting more shelves, I actually want to mount a full length mirror. And when I talk about vertical support bars, here's a photo to better describe what I mean:

vertical support bars

The mirror is 6' tall and wider than the gap between any two bars. So I can't mount it directly on the wall; I have to use the bars. (The reason I can't mount the mirror to the wall is because those bars protrude maybe an inch from the wall, meaning they would create that much of gap between the mirror and the wall.)

So I'm wondering if there is any kind of hardware that can mount into these support bars, but also screw into the back of the mirror frame? I'm picturing maybe a metal plate with screw holes, but also with double prongs sticking out on one side that would have to look very similar to the same type of prongs circled here:

hooks or prongs

Does any such hardware exist? I'm having a really difficult time searching for it.

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    Those vertical bars are often called "stanchions" or "standards" that may help you in your searching.
    – FreeMan
    Commented Mar 21, 2022 at 12:57
  • FYI, "flush with" doesn't mean "tight to". I first assumed that you wanted the mirror between the standards, since that's the only way the two could be flush.
    – isherwood
    Commented Apr 20, 2022 at 12:43
  • I think you've asked an XY question (about your proposed solution rather than the problem itself). I would just use standard metal mirror clips over (through) the standards. I doubt you'll be moving the mirror often enough to need quick-release suspension.
    – isherwood
    Commented Apr 20, 2022 at 12:46

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Here's what I would do:

  1. Remove all the shelf supports from the pair of stanchions where you want the mirror to be.
  2. Place two supports down low and set the mirror on top of them. Adjust the bracket height to be within a suitable range for viewing yourself in the mirror.
    • Your mirror is now supported, but could easily be knocked off or the bottom slide out so you see a reflection of the ceiling.
  3. Get a pair (they seem to come in packages of 4 or 6, you'll have some left over) of "mirror mounting clips".
    • A quick search of my favorite big-box store's web site indicates that there are a wide variety of metal and plastic types.
    • A clip like one of these two would probably be best because they have an amount of vertical adjustment that will be important later in the process:
      metal mirror mounting clip metal mirror mounting clips
  4. Remove 2 of the mounting screws holding the stanchions to the wall near the top of where the mirror is, one from each stanchion.
  5. Hold a mirror mounting clip's mounting hole over the stanchion's mounting hole and reinsert the screw through both holes, holding the clip and stanchion to the wall. Do this for both stanchions.
  6. Slide the mirror up the wall until the top is held under the clips.
  7. Move the shelf supports up the stanchions until the bottom of the mirror is supported by the support and the top is still held by the clip, trapping the mirror in place.
    • This will likely involve moving the mirror's height from where you'd originally placed it, however, on a tall mirror, the precise height usually isn't too critical.

The mirror won't have to be firmly held in place, so exact adjustment isn't necessary. The shelf support will hold the mirror up and so long as the top of the mirror frame is retained by the clip, that will keep it from falling off. If you can't get it adjusted quite as precisely as you'd like due to the height of the mirror and location of holes & bracket mounts in relation, and you find that the mirror bottom can slip, a layer or two of tape across the top of the bracket will provide a bit of a lip to keep the bottom from sliding. Tape is made in 10000 colors & patterns (I believe my wife has them all) so finding something that will blend into your bracket and not be noticeable shouldn't be too difficult. Of course, with the white brackets in the bronze stanchions, you may not be as concerned with the color match as my wife would be (she'd be appalled by that but I couldn't care less).

*All images courtesy of lowes.com. No endorsement implied or intended

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  • I like this idea, but why not let the clips carry the mirror as they normally would? I wouldn't want shelf brackets sticking out at knee level. Or do I misunderstand?
    – isherwood
    Commented Apr 20, 2022 at 12:42
  • @isherwood you understand. A) the brackets aren't sticking out any farther than any of the other shelves would be. B) Most people don't stand that close to a mirror (unless they're popping zits in the bathroom :). C) because you would need all 4 mirror brackets to be screwed into the holes in the stanchions and you're limited by where the holes are - using the normal shelf supports gives you many more options for the lower support. I might consider drilling new holes in the stanchions, but I don't think most people would want to.
    – FreeMan
    Commented Apr 20, 2022 at 12:47
  • I'd just run the screws through the slots.
    – isherwood
    Commented Apr 20, 2022 at 12:48
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    That's also an excellent option, but my way takes a lot more words and lets me use the automatic number formatting. ;)
    – FreeMan
    Commented Apr 20, 2022 at 12:53
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I'm familiar with the shelving system under the "Elfa" brand name. Lots of accessories are available to hook into the standards.

If you want to hang a 6-foot tall mirror, is anything else going to be on the standards? Can't you just remove or move them? (If you wanted to leave a shelf above above the mirror but nothing below it, you could get shorter standards, but that would probably be more expensive than necessary)

How do you attach the mirror to the wall normally? If I couldn't move the standards, then I'd just ignore them for hanging. There's lots of accessories, but none of them seem really designed for this. There is a "storage track", but I'm not sure what hooks you'd put on it. And if you did hook the track into the standards, it would be even more proud of them.

Instead, I'd hope the standards aren't covering the studs and just put hooks into them and hang the frame. It would sit proud on the standards, but that shouldn't matter too much.

Or, if the attachment is too difficult that way, just cut down a 2x4 and use that as a "spacer". Screw into the stud between the standards and put your hanging equipment into that. When you lift the mirror, it'll be easier to hang.

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