Full length mirrors are a great way to see if your entire outfit is perfect before walking out the door. But, making sure those heavy mirrors are safe around your children and pets can be a big concern. Follow these simple steps to ensure your mirror is securely anchored to the wall.
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The general steps to secure your mirror:
1) Determine low traffic location if possible for your leaning mirror.
2) If mirror is on a hard surface floor, use a grip surface under the mirror to ensure no slipping and sliding.
3) Attach heavy duty furniture straps to the mirror (or other heavy piece of furniture) and anchor to the wall ensuring your screws are in a stud.
Let's dive into the details!
Where to lean your mirror
Take a moment to select a location in which the mirror will not be easily bumped. But, you also want to make sure you put your mirror in a place it can actually be used.
Don't overthink it. Just consider your specific situation and home and find a place that works best for you.
We decided on putting our mirror in the hallway of our two story house as this is just outside of all of our bedrooms. Our children are currently teenagers and are pretty interested in seeing how they look each day.
A central location for our entire family worked nicely so everyone could benefit from the mirror.
Down the hall you can get a glimpse of the repurposed vintage window where we hang the kids artwork!
Place mirror on rubber grip surface to prevent sliding
One thing that terrified me, was the mirror sliding out on the hardwood floor. To prevent this from happening, we used rubber drawer liner under the mirror.
I've seen gripper pads that are made specifically for furniture, so that is a good option too.
Regardless, I think it's a good idea to keep your mirror from sliding should it get a slight bump when passing by.
Once we determined exactly where the mirror would go, I cut a strip of drawer liner (that had that rubber grip feel) to put under either side of the mirror.
Jason, my husband, held up each edge of the mirror while I put the rubber strips in place.
Attach furniture straps to mirror and wall
We used QuakeHOLD! Furniture Straps to secure our mirror.
The process was pretty simple. We followed the instructions inside the box and they worked like a charm.
The kit comes with two heavy duty nylon straps that you stick to the back of your mirror (or other heavy piece of furniture). This adhesive is seriously sticky, so I think you can rest assured that it is secure!
One end of the strap sticks to the back of the mirror, the other end is screwed into a wall stud.
We weren't able to access a wall stud, unfortunately. But, using heavy duty drywall anchors did the trick.
If you do not feel comfortable using just the adhesive, they provide screws you could use to attach the straps to the back of the mirror (or furniture).
You follow the same process on both the left and right side of the mirror.
That is truly it!
Our hallway is dark, so I've considered using chalk paint to lighten up the frame of this big mirror! That's exactly what I did to a mirror in our basement and it turned out really pretty.
As I mentioned earlier, our mirror is right in the center of all of our bedrooms. It's the perfect location for a quick outfit check before heading out the door!
The last picture is a good reminder why I'm not a fashion blogger;-)
It is so nice knowing this really heavy mirror is safe and secure!
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