Wall Mirror Fixings

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Here at Soraya Interiors UK we have many inquiries. Our most frequently asked question is, ‘How do I hang my wall mirror?’ & ‘What wall mirror fixings should I use?‘ Most of our customers are concerned about the type of wall in their property and if it will be strong enough to hang their mirror upon.  So we have prepared the following article that will help you, as we explain the different type of walls there are and what wall mirror fixings to purchase for your particular wall. Purchase my wall mirror fixings.

How to hang a mirror on a plasterboard wall

drill, tap and turn

drill, tap and turn

A wall mirror can be hung on a plasterboard wall no matter how heavy. By using Grip It Fixings – ‘The world’s ultimate plasterboard fixing.’ Designed by Jordan Daykin, who in 2014 became the youngest person to get investment on Dragons’ Den.

Grip It Fixings utilise a unique 3-way system which distributes the load. This means the installation of any fixtures and fittings on a plasterboard wall such as radiators, kitchen cabinets, lighting, curtain rails, TV’s, tiebacks and wall mirrors become easier. Grip It Fixings allows for more design freedom where you can load your fixings with confidence and less concern for the stability of your thin walls. We guarantee you will get the job done faster and simpler with the assurance a good job has been done.

So easy and simple to install…. Just: Drill, Tap and Turn. Buy your Grip It Mirror Fixings from Soraya Interiors. View How to use a Grip It Fixing to hang my mirror.

We do not often think about the external and internal walls in our homes until we have a damp problem or we are attempting to hang a large heavy wall mirror upon a wall that doesn’t look like it could hold a small shelf.

We provide information on three of the most common forms of walls that our customers have made inquires regarding. Depending on the age and type of property there may be variations and if still unsure we would always recommend using a tradesman to help.We are sure the information below will help you decide which will be the best wall mirror fixings to use.

  • Plasterboard (Also known as Drywall)
  • Studwork with lathing plaster (Mainly older properties)
  • Concrete block or Brick

We provide information for the different wall fixings available for each of these type of walls.

 

What is plasterboard?

plasterSimply put plasterboard consists of two layers of lining paper holding a inner layer of plaster in place. The plaster, known as gypsum is a soft mineral. Dehydrated gypsum (or plaster) became known as plaster of Paris used in art and the medical field. Upon addition of water, after some time plaster of Paris becomes regular gypsum (dihydrated) again, causing the material to set in ways that are useful for casting and construction. The word Gypsum comes from the Greek word when translated meaning ‘plaster’. Mainly used as a finish for internal walls and ceilings, and known in the construction world as drywall, but we will call it plasterboard.

The development of plasterboard goes back to the late 19th century in the USA. This new product was eventually introduced to Britain and in Cheshire a site was acquired and building started around 1916.

Although the British building industry was initially slow to adopt this new product, in 1927 sales gradually increased as a more modern factory was purchased and able to keep up with the demand. Today, plasterboard is mainly used for internal partition walls but being very soft, heavy items when hung with nails and screws on plasterboard can easily pull out. However, there are some well designed fixings to get around this problem.
Use the following:

How to hang your mirror on a plasterboard wall.

Tools and Materials needed: Your required fixing, pencil, paper, tape measure, spirit level, standard drill, correct size drill bit, screwdriver drill bit, strong picture hanging hooks and a helping hand!

NEVER DRILL ABOVE OR BELOW LIGHT SWITCHES OR PLUG SOCKETS.

If unsure, use an electronic stud detector to check for electric cables and pipes before drilling. These can be purchased online or through any good DIY store.

  1. With a pencil mark the place where you want the top and center of your mirror to be on your wall.
  2. On the rear of the mirror find the center and mark with a pencil.
  3. Measure the distance from the center to each strap hanger center. Write these down!
  4. Measure from the top of the mirror frame to the center of the hollow ring on the strap hanger. Write this distance down.
  5. Transfer these measurements using your spirit level and tape measure on to the wall where you will hang the mirror.
  6. Double check that your marks on the wall line up with the strap hangers and that they are level.
  7. Drill your holes as required as set out in the steps stated in the data sheet for your wall type. The spiral fixing should sit flush with the wall.
  8. Once you have a suitable fixing in place, hang your mirror with the strap hangers onto the fixings that you have fitted to the wall.
  9. Well done!

 

What is lath and plaster?

materialLath and plaster was a building process used to finish mainly interior partition walls and ceilings until the late 1950’s in America. In the United Kingdom, up until the 1930’s,  lath and plaster was used before the introduction of plasterboard. To partition and finish a room, wooden laths made from hardwood that were split called (riving) which was an ancient technique used to make lengths of timber that followed the grain, this would greatly improve the strength and durability of the laths. These narrow strips of wood (laths) were nailed in between but horizontally across the upright wall studs or joists. Plaster was then applied upward and over the wall, covering and forcing the plaster into all the gaps in between the wooden laths and joists.

So to hang a mirror on a lath and plastered wall its important you use a detector to first find where your electric wires, pipes and screws are so you can avoid these. Then seek out where the upright joist are positioned. It is these upright wooden joists you will need to screw into.

Use the following: 

  •  Correct length nail for wood

How to hang your mirror on a lath and plastered wall.

Tools and Materials needed: Your required fixing, pencil, paper, tape measure, spirit level, hammer, strong long nails, strong picture hanging hooks and a helping hand!

You may choose to fit a batten also to the wall using the steps outlined above. You could fit a batten to the wall first and once secure hang your mirror onto this using suitable screws and hanging fixings.

Make sure you locate the vertical timbers called studs, not the horizontal laths.

NEVER DRILL ABOVE OR BELOW LIGHT SWITCHES OR PLUG SOCKETS.

If unsure, use an electronic stud detector to check for electric cables and pipes before drilling. These can be purchased online or through any good DIY store.

  1. With a pencil mark the place where you want the top and center of your mirror to be on your wall.
  2. On the rear of the mirror find the center and mark with a pencil.
  3. Measure the distance from the center to each strap hanger center. Write these down!
  4. Measure from the top of the mirror frame to the center of the hollow ring on the strap hanger. Write this distance down.
  5. Transfer these measurements using your spirit level and tape measure on to the wall where you will hang the mirror.
  6. Double check that your marks on the wall line up with the strap hangers and that they are level.
  7. Hammer your nails into the stud with the picture hanging hooks attached.
  8. Once you have a suitable fixing in place, hang your mirror with the strap hangers onto the fixings that you have fitted to the wall.
  9. Well done!

 

What are Bricks?

The humble brick is known to most of us and no doubt was used to build part or all of our home. Made from soil, along with clay, sand and lime it would be kneaded into a singular block shape that would then be fire hardened or air-dried. The earliest forms of bricks were formed from mud and clay and were air dried in the sun which would make the moldable product a strong brick. Some very old discoveries of mud bricks come from Jericho that are dated around 7,000 and 6,395 BC. Fired bricks were used as early as 2900 BC in early Indus Valley cities around Pakistan, India and China.

In Europe the use of fired hardened bricks were used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans. With this new building material, the Romans built large brick structures throughout the Roman Empire. With the onset of the Industrial Revolution, production of bricks increased to a large extent with the rise of factory building in England. At this time in London, the bright red brick was chosen for construction, interestingly, in order to make the buildings more visible in the heavily polluted fog so as to prevent traffic accidents. It is believed that the first successful brick making machine was patented by a Mr H Clayton, employed at the Atlas Works in Middlesex, England.

The use of bricks on the exterior as well as interiors walls is often seen in older purpose built properties, refurbished barns and old renovated milling stations. While aged bricks are visual a beautiful feature in an house, care is needed when hanging a mirror. Unlike a soft plasterboard or lath and plaster covered wall, a masonry drill and drill bit is needed to make an hole for your wall plug and screw fixing.

Use the following: 

  • Wall plugs and screws

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How to hang your mirror on a brick or concrete wall

Tools and Materials needed: Your required fixing, pencil, paper, tape measure, spirit level, masonry drill, correct size masonry drill bit, screwdriver drill bit, strong picture hanging hooks and a helping hand!

Masonry walls are very hard, and are unreceptive to nails being banged in or screws that have not had an initial pilot hole created first. You will need to use a masonry drill.

 

NEVER DRILL ABOVE OR BELOW LIGHT SWITCHES OR PLUG SOCKETS.

If unsure, use an electronic stud detector to check for electric cables and pipes before drilling. These can be purchased online or through any good DIY store.

  1. With a pencil mark the place where you want the top and center of your mirror to be on your wall.
  2. On the rear of the mirror find the center and mark with a pencil.
  3. Measure the distance from the center to each strap hanger center. Write these down!
  4. Measure from the top of the mirror frame to the center of the hollow ring on the strap hanger. Write this distance down.
  5. Transfer these measurements using your spirit level and tape measure on to the wall where you will hang the mirror.
  6. Double check that your marks on the wall line up with the strap hangers and that they are level.
  7. Drill your holes as required as set out in the steps stated in the data sheet for your wall type.
  8. Once you have a suitable fixing in place, hang your mirror with the strap hangers onto the fixings that you have fitted to the wall.
  9. Well done!

 

All required fixings can be purchased from any builders merchants or DIY store. Any problems, please email us.

WALL MIRROR FIXINGS FOR WALL TYPE: CONCRETE/BRICK

Nylon Wall Plug

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Suitable for:

  • General Concrete
  • Rock and Stone
  • Solid Brick
  • Solid Block
  • Aircrete Block
  • Hollow Brick and Block

These are much stronger than a standard expansion plug made from plastic,  these wall plugs are a lot higher quality and are made specifically for masonry screw fixings and concrete surfaces. They also  come with a high impact load and knock in protection which prevents distortion on installation. These are wing in order to stop rotation in the drillhole when applying the fixing.

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WALL MIRROR FIXINGS FOR WALL TYPE: PLASTERBOARD

Jet plug metal

 

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Suitable for:

  • Plaster Board
  • Fibre Board

A brad point self drill fixing with deep cutting threads providing a non expansion fix in softer board materials, back twist lock to prevent fixing body disengaging when unscrewing the fixture.

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WALL MIRROR FIXINGS FOR WALL TYPE: PLASTERBOARD 

Hollow Wall Anchor

 

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Suitable for:

  • Plaster Board
  • Fibre Board

This is a cavity anchor which is made specifically for board, hollow or perforated masonry. It comes fully assembled for an easy install, setting tools can be bought with this for quick and easy fixing, the fixture and setting screws can be removed and re fixed after install if further maintenance is required.

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We hope the the above information has help you to know what is your wall type and understand which wall mirror fixings you will require. All the best!

 

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