A frameless mirror gives a room a clean, modern, polished look. Lacking a frame, the mirror blends effortlessly into the room and merges with the room’s overall style.
Hanging a frameless mirror can be a bit tricky since the mirror has no surface that takes nails or screws. But with special mounting clips or with glass/mirror adhesive, you can hang a frameless mirror that has little or no visible support.
Two Ways to Hang a Frameless Mirror
You can hang a frameless mirror either with metal mounting clips or with glass/mirror adhesive.
Clips visible, though barely
Good for high-moisture environments
Wall stud attachment recommended
No visible clips or support
Poor for rooms with uncontrolled moisture
Attaches to drywall, so no need to find wall studs
Removal very difficult
Adjustable Metal Mounting Clips
Four metal mounting clips are enough to hold most frameless mirrors: two at the top, two at the bottom. The lower edge of the mirror rests in the bottom clips, which are fixed in place. The top clips slide up to allow the mirror to rest against the wall. Then they slide down by gravity or by spring tension to hold the mirror in place.
Adjustable mounting clips are sturdy, dependable, and safe. Attaching the clips to studs rather than drywall is best. For high-moisture environments, clips provide a slight space behind the mirror for airflow, reducing the chance of mold growth behind the mirror. Clips allow for easy removal of the mirror.
The main downside of mounting clips is that a small portion of the clips will be visible on the front edge of the mirror.
For a perfectly clean look, glass/mirror adhesive lets you hang a frameless mirror with no visible mounting hardware. The adhesive sets in 15 to 30 minutes but requires 24 to 48 hours to fully cure. Placement is more forgiving than with the mounting clip method because there is no need to attach to wall studs or use drywall anchors.
One downside is significant: Removal is extremely difficult. The mirror must be broken off of the wall in pieces, bringing with it drywall chunks, paint, and drywall face paper. If there is ample room behind the mirror, you may be able to remove the mirror by running a piano wire behind it and sawing the mirror away from the wall.
Unless you absolutely do not want visible fasteners, the mounting clip method is preferable to the adhesive method. It’s stronger, more reliable, faster, and gives you more flexibility for adjusting or removing the mirror later on.
When hanging a frameless mirror, work slowly and carefully to avoid chipping, cracking, or shattering the mirror. Wear eye protection. Have an assistant help you, especially with larger mirrors or when reaching over a bathroom counter.
Source: The Spruce