Glass is a very capricious material to use. But at the same time, it is very popular in interior design. In particular, in the form of a product such as a mirror.
It is difficult to overestimate the wide opportunities that mirrors provide to people, in addition to their direct purpose – to reflect us. They contribute to the visual expansion of the space, help to install a special “diffused” light on the premises, and so on. Therefore, it is very important to understand how to hang a large frameless mirror on the selected surface.
Before moving on to how to hang a frameless mirror without clips with your own hands, we will focus a little on the features of the surface on which they are supposed to be attached.
- Concrete is the most common material in most building structures. To work on concrete, you will need a puncher, and before gluing anything on a concrete wall, it must be primed.
- Drywall – the material is not very durable and may not withstand heavy loads or repairs. Therefore, you must carefully monitor the weight of the product: the weight of the mirror cloth should not be more than 20 kg, and you will also need special accessories.
“The average weight of 1 square meter of a mirror, depending on its thickness, is from 7 to 15 kg. This should be taken into account when choosing the mounting method and type of hardware.”
How and how to attach it?
Hidden fasteners require some effort. In this case, you can do without nails and do not spoil the wall. It is best to glue the product to the drywall surface. You can use nails for a brick wall.
So, the mirror can be glued or hung. But we have the task of how to hang a frameless mirror without clips, so let’s consider the option of gluing a mirror.
The mirror panel sticker is an easy enough process. You can paste it in several ways.
The advantage of this group of methods will be the absence of visible mounts on the surface of the mirror, the ability to use the product without a frame, the ability to design the interior using small figured models in the form of butterflies, flowers, polygons, and other things.
“Gluing is a relatively simple method, perfect for small items.”
At the same time, this method of strengthening the mirror in different versions of its use will have three serious disadvantages:
- The glued product in many cases will not be able to be removed from the wall – it will have to be broken.
- The surface on which you intend to place your mirror should be smooth and stable. And if the first is easy to check, then it is quite difficult to predict that the wall (especially newly erected or newly plastered) will not shrink, which will lead to the destruction of the product.
- you can not Glue on all surfaces and not in all rooms. It will not hold, for example, on tile, and temperature and humidity changes in the bathroom or kitchen can eventually destroy the adhesive layer.
For work, you need to use a special mirror glue – it does not contain acids that could spoil the amalgam. Before using another adhesive, the reverse side of the product should be treated with a sealant. Neutral silicone sealant can also be used instead of glue.
When gluing the product in the bathroom, you should use a special silicone sealant for aquariums, which costs a little more than usual, but contains antifungal additives and is originally intended for use in a humid environment.
Prepare, level, and degrease the surface. If you glue the product on a vertical surface, be sure to prepare props that will help hold the cloth in place until the glue solidifies. In this capacity, you can use planks, or several screws temporarily screwed on the lower edge of the marking so that the mirror cloth rests on them.
“You can also combine the glue with several strips of mounting tape, which will serve the same purpose and additionally secure the canvas before the glue hardens.»
If you want to glue the canvas to the front door or Cabinet door, it is better to place them horizontally, removing them from the hinges – this is more convenient. You will not need to use props, and the mirror cloth will not move until the glue is completely solidified.
You can not paste the canvas on the Wallpaper-there is no guarantee that they, in turn, will stay on the wall. Therefore, the wall must be cleaned of Wallpaper, other unstable coatings, and primed.
Apply the adhesive in strips, leaving a gap of 8-12 centimeters between them, depending on the size of the cloth. The glue can also be applied “like a snake”, staggered or dotted all over the back of your mirror. Try to avoid the edge – the glue may leak out untidily, and it will be difficult to remove it from the wall later.
Be sure to put a marker on the wall where you expect to stick a mirror, it will help you navigate. Use the level to check whether it is applied evenly.
Attach the mirror to the wall, focusing on the markup. Be careful: the glue hardens quickly, and you may not have time to correct the position if you applied the mirror incorrectly. Hold the mirror for a few minutes, pressing it tightly, then substitute props – they can be removed in a day or two.
You can not paste a mirror on the tile: therefore, usually, when installing tiles in the bathroom, leave a free section of the wall in advance for the size of the future mirror. If you didn’t do this, you will have to remove the tile or choose another way to attach the mirror to the wall. To compensate for the height difference, if the thickness is different for the tile and the mirror (most often, the mirror is thinner), an additional layer of plaster is applied under the product, or a sheet of water-resistant drywall is installed between it and the wall. Joints can be treated with glue or sanitary sealant.
If the canvas is large, you need to take additional precautions. So, the surface of the wall under it should be very well aligned, and a special film should be pasted on the surface of the mirror: now, if it breaks, it will not be fraught with serious injuries.
Mirror walls made of several large canvases are mounted with a small gap between the canvases, so that mirrors do not break during installation or if the walls shrink slightly during use.
Small mirrors can be glued without glue, only using double-sided mounting tape. The advantage of this method is that the foam base of the tape to some extent compensates for both the uneven surface under the mirror and its possible movements. This method of gluing also allows the mirror to be removed.
But the mounting tape should be wide, high-quality, and designed to withstand heavy loads. The mirror amalgam must also withstand the same loads: some cheap models may begin to peel off during operation, and there is a risk of damage during installation. We do not recommend gluing these mirrors at all.
Just as before using the glue, first, you need to prepare the surface-clean it from dust and wipe it with alcohol for degreasing. The tape is glued to the surface evenly, but you should not place it around the perimeter or horizontally in strips – the pieces of tape are placed vertically in staggered order. You can add several additional bars closer to the upper edge of the mirror.
Beautiful examples and options in the interior
A composition of several mirrors will fit into the corridor
The bedroom implies decor in restrained tones
In the living room, you can let your imagination run wild and show your design skills