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Installing Frameless Mirrors with Mirror Clips

Mirror clips are a very common method for mounting and installing frameless mirrors. They can add simple decoration or be custom designs to fit individual styles. The most common clips, acrylic or basic metal J hook clips, are standard stock at many home improvement or retail stores.

* For larger mirrors beyond the typical single vanity mirror, use Mirror Hanger Brackets or J- Channels

SEE ALSO: Installing Frameless Mirrors with Mirror Mastic
SEE ALSO: Installing Frameless Mirrors with French Cleats

Tools Needed

  • Pencil
  • Level – Optional (see our review of the Sola Cordinat Level)
  • Measuring tape
  • Wall anchors – Ensure compatibility to mirror clip screw size
  • Drill and drill bits – (i) Drills sized to the wall anchor specifications. (ii) Smaller drills for pilot holes – see following instructions.
  • Hammer
  • Optional – (a) China Marker / Grease Pencil and / or Soapstone Marker. (i) These can easily be wiped off washable painted walls, mirrors, glass tiles, and stone surfaces. (ii) The soapstone marker is white and may be hard to see on white walls, but with enough rubbing you can create a visible chalky area. (iii) Markers can be found at any local store in the school supply section, or local craft store. (b) Blue painters tape; preferably 2″ or wider.  Use wherever marks need to be made without marking the surfaces.

* Frameless mirrors can be simple as placing the mirror against a wall, then guesstimate where the brackets should be placed. If wanting a more calculated approach the following steps will ensure a perfectly hung mirror.

Square or Rectangle Mirror Installation – Initial Steps

  • Measure mirror width and mark mirror center. (i) Mirror surface can be marked with a china marker / grease pencil, soapstone marker, or crayon.
  • Locate bottom location on wall for mirror placement.
  • Mark mirror center and edge locations on wall from measurements above.
  • Measure how far in to place clips based on mirror edge marks. (i) Perform a mirror and mirror clip positioning mock-up on a floor or table for easier positioning. (ii) Mirror clip placement will be about personal aesthetic preference. e.g. for a typical size single square mirror, do you like the look of the clips to be 2″ or 4″ from  the mirror edge?
  • Set a clip on each mark…lining up the inside edge of the clip along the mirror bottom location line.
  • Mark mirror clip mounting hole locations.
  • Remove clips and drill mounting holes. (i) Start with a pilot drill smaller than the clip mounting screw. If a wall stud resides in the clip location, only the clip mounting screw will be used. If no wall stud exists move up to appropriate drill size listed on selected wall anchor package.
  • Remove painters tape before installing anchors and clips.
  • Install the bottom wall anchors. Tap in with a hammer or screwdriver handle end.
  • Re-install 2 bottom mirror clips. Leave screws loose enough to allow mirror placement.
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Square or Rectangle Mirror Installation – Final Steps

  • Place and center the mirror on the wall. (i) Measure mirror clip edges to mirror edges, and equalize.
  • Continue holding mirror against wall. Place a clip on top of mirror…resting clip tight against the mirror edge. (i) Use a level to perfectly align top clip with bottom clip, or use a tape measure to match the distance from mirror edge.
  • Remove mirror.
  • Follow previous mirror clip installation to attach top mirror clips.
  • Fully tighten all mirror clips.
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Oval or Circular Mirror Installation – Finding Centers

The following steps will ensure a perfectly aligned oval and circular shaped mirror.

  • Lay mirror on a flat surface – mirror side up.
  • Using painters tape (the wider the better), mask horizontally and vertically through the middle. This doesn’t have to be exact.
  • Using a builders square; press it against either a bottom edge and side edge; then vice versa (as shown).
  • Using the overall dimensions of the mirror (e.g. 22×30), make marks midway of the length and width.
Oval Mirror Only
  • To make sure the builders square is measuring accurately; as you could just spin on the oval and not be square; is to measure the gap below and above center in equal amounts. e.g. find 15″ and go 3″ above and below (18″ & 12″). The gap from the square to mirror edge should read the same. Keep rotating the square on the mirror edge until these measurements equal out.
  • Using a flat edge or level, connect the points by drawing a straight line.

You now have a perfectly squared up mirror to hang level. The lines can provide an accurate location to measure left, right , top, and bottom from center.

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Oval or Circular Mirror Installation – Clip Mock-Up

  • Using the top -bottom or center location as reference, place the clips where they look pleasing to you. (a) Perform a mirror and mirror clip positioning mock-up on a floor or table for easier positioning. (b) Mirror clip placement will be about personal aesthetic preference. e.g. for a typical size single square mirror, do you like the look of the clips to be 4″ or 6″ from the mirror top and bottom. (c) For future clip positioning, mark mirror surface with a china marker / grease pencil, soapstone marker, or crayon and take note of the measurements distance.
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Oval or Circular Mirror Clip Installation – Initial Steps

  • Locate bottom location on wall for mirror placement.
  • Mark mirror center location on wall.
  • Mark bottom clip locations based on previous mock-up measurements.
  • Set a clip on each mark, lining up the inner edge of the clip where the mirror will rest. (i) The previous mock-up measurements will ensure the clips and mirror are hung as wanted. The clips can be placed square (as shown) based on the measurements, but the mirror may drop roughly a 1/4″ once swiveled into position.
  • Mark mirror clip mounting hole locations.
  • Remove clips and drill mounting holes. (i) Start with a pilot drill smaller than the clip mounting screw. If a wall stud resides in the clip location, only the clip mounting screw will be used. If no wall stud exists move up to appropriate drill size listed on selected wall anchor package.
  • Remove any painters tape that may get in the way before installing anchors and clips.
  • Install the bottom wall anchors. Tap in with a hammer or screwdriver handle end.
  • Re-install 2 bottom mirror clips. Leave screws loose enough to allow mirror placement.
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Oval or Circular Mirror Clip Installation – Final Steps

  • Place and center the mirror on the wall. (i) If the clips were hung level, the mirror should drop into place and can be leveled by aligning the vertical center mirror mark with the center wall mark. (ii) Additionally, place a level on either horizontal or vertical mirror marks to align.
  • Continue holding mirror against wall. Place a clip on top of mirror using the mirror mark guides made from the previous mock-up. Rest clip tight against the mirror edge. (i) Use a level to perfectly align top clip with bottom clip.
  • Remove mirror.
  • Follow previous mirror clip installation to attach top mirror clips.
  • Fully tighten all mirror clips.
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Mirror Clip Options

For this project we are going to concentrate on modifying an 1/8″ mirror to safely accommodate 1/4″ mirror clips; as the design choices for 1/4″ mirror clips is much more extensive. The CRL Polished Chrome KV268 Mirror Clips shown can be purchased individually at DK Hardware.

  • Purchase either 1/2″ (13mm)  or 1/8″ x 3/8″ (10mm) round adhesive backed vinyl bumpers; like Surface Guard 9964 or 9967, which can be found in stock at Home Depot. Both of these are 1/8″ thick and add the extra spacing to safely and securely accommodate 1/4″ clips.
  • For a residue free surface for best adhesion, clean the back of the mirror with rubbing alcohol where you want to place the vinyl bumpers. (i) Start near the edge of the mirror at every clip location; then top, bottom, and a few in the middle. How many bumpers you install will vary on mirror size and whatever feels adequate to you.
  • Same standard mirror clip installation instructions apply.
Frameless mirror final installation
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