Desperately need to hang my tall leaning mirror because of a crawling toddler at home. The mirror has no hooks and no place to attach hooks. There is a slight gap between the frame and the back of the mirror so cant mount it using wall adhesives. Any suggestions?enter image description here

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    How thick is it overall? You may be able to get mirror brackets/clips thick enough. Jan 23, 2023 at 17:38
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    what is the frame material? ... what is the backing material?
    – jsotola
    Jan 23, 2023 at 19:03
  • Weight of mirror? The frame looks very thin and may not support the weight of the mirror if hung. If the bottom seams are tack welded, they could easily come apart if the weight of the mirror is meant to be supported by being on a solid surface. Jan 23, 2023 at 22:30
  • Is that the back of the mirror we're looking at? Or is it some kind of MDFish sheet? Gotta pic of the front of the mirror?
    – Huesmann
    Jan 24, 2023 at 13:26
  • The frame is metal and the back of the mirror is a thin mdf sheet. The mirror seems to be around 15-20 lbs. This picture is the back of the mirror, the front is plain mirror with a slightly thicker frame width. The frame at the bottom would be about 1.5” thick Jan 24, 2023 at 20:03

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Glue a cleat to the back and hang on second cleat fastened to wall. You can cut your own cleat or buy metal hanging cleats.

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Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_cleat

Or glue vertical 1/2 or 3/4 strips (plywood, 1x lumber) near outer vertical edges (left and right), run a frame wire, and hang it over a hook (or multiple hooks) fastened into the wall.

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Ref: amazon.com

  • is the brown wooden backing part of the mirror suitable to carry the load of the whole mirror? do you know that? On some furniture, this part is very thin and mainly serves to block light. Jan 23, 2023 at 19:46

I'd suggest using standard mirror hanging clips. These happen to be plastic:

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Source: Home Depot. No recommendation implied or intended

This happens to come in an 8-pack (other sizes and brands are available). You note that the mirror is "heavy", but don't indicate exactly what that means. I'd suggest that 5 of these clips spaced along the bottom (to support the weight), then one on each side and one at the top (to keep it from tipping away from the wall), would likely do the trick. You would want to ensure that at least a few go into studs in the wall to ensure you're supporting the "heavy" weight adequately, otherwise, these screws will just pull right out of drywall. You should, of course, adjust that as you see fit and to meet your safety requirements. Purchasing more clips would allow you to put more along the top/sides if you felt that was necessary.

If you don't like the look of plastic ones, you could make something similar out of wood. If you have a table saw and router, these would be pretty easy to make. If you don't, maybe a friend or neighbor has one, or you could find a local woodworker/cabinet maker - I'm sure they'd bang out as many as you'd like for a small fee.


There are self-adhesive Velcro-ish tapes and pads designed to carry a reasonable amount of shear force, and you can of course use more of them to make the connection more secure and distribute the force better. They can tolerate a slightly irregular surface. I've used that approach to hang a large (3'x5') 1/4" plywood panel and it has held for a decade. Only downside I can think of is that there will be a small gap between mirror and the surface it is mounted to.

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