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How do you choose where to place mirror clips when installing large, frameless mirrors? Is there a general rule to follow?

More specifically, I am planning to mount a 16”x72” frameless mirror in a closet, with the 72” side standing up (i.e. a body-length mirror for getting dressed). The mirror came with 6 clips, and my current plan is the following (X marks a clip):

|—X—X—|
|     |     
|     |
|     |
|     |
X     X
|     |
|     |
|     |
|     |
|—X—X—|

Do I need more? Different placement? (FWIW every guide I found online assumes the mirror is either square or being installed lengthways.)

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    If the manufacturer didn't supply info on clip placement, go with your plan. It looks fine.
    – RMDman
    Jan 14, 2023 at 22:11
  • Are the clips going into wall studs? Drywall anchors? A door?
    – alphabet
    Jan 15, 2023 at 15:50

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Consider the forces.

The mirror is not going to try to jump upwards.

I'd put 3 on the bottom where the weight lands, one on each of the other sides. Glass is heavy. That is, in fact, how I have mounted similar mirrors in that orientation.

Mirror bottom. Credit, me.

The mirror above is on a door, so it actually has a total of 8 clips, two on each side, one on top, three on the bottom as pictured. On a wall, 6 total is probably fine. Walls don't get opened and closed like a door.

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  • The mirror won't try to jump upwards, but it will try to rotate forwards and fall out of the clips if the bottom is held in place and the top is not secured well.
    – alphabet
    Jan 15, 2023 at 15:50
  • @alphabet Without someone pushing it from inside the wall, one (and two more on the sides) is quite adequate to hold the top against rotation on a vertical wall. It's just sitting there. If installing on a sloped ceiling the situation would be different.
    – Ecnerwal
    Jan 15, 2023 at 15:56

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