Can You Hang a Mirror With Command Strips?

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If you’re looking for an easy way to hang a mirror, you may be wondering if command strips are the answer. The answer is yes!

In order to safely hang a mirror with this method, you’ll want to follow the directions on your command strip packaging closely and make sure your strips can support the weight of the mirror.

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In this blog post, we will discuss the best way to use command strips to hang mirrors. We will also provide some tips on how to avoid damaging your wall or mirror.

The Best Ways to Hang a Mirror With Command Strips

There are many types of Command strip products, giving you several options when it comes to hanging your mirror. Here are some of the best ways to hang a mirror with Command strips:

Use Large Picture Hanging Strips

The easiest way to hang a mirror with command strips is by using the large picture hanging strips.

These are designed for heavy-duty jobs, so they can support up to 16 pounds per pack of four strips (or 32 pounds total). This means that even very large mirrors should be able to stay in place without falling off the wall.

Use Regular Picture Hanging Strips

If you have a smaller mirror and don’t need as much support, you can use regular picture hanging strips instead of large ones.

These are designed for lighter items like posters or family photos and they come in packs of many different sizes. You’ll need at least four strips per mirror, which will support up to eight pounds of weight.

Use Adhesive Hooks for a More Secure Hold

If you want an even more secure hold on your wall, consider using adhesive hooks instead of hanging strips. These are designed specifically for heavier items and can hold up to five pounds each (or up to 20 pounds total).

How to Hang a Mirror With Command Strips

Now that you know the best way to use command strips for your mirror, it’s time to learn how to actually hang the mirror.

Before you hang your mirror, make sure you have the following supplies on hand:

  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Hanging strips or hooks
  • Screwdriver (optional)

Make Sure the Surface Is Clean and Dry

Before you start attaching any of the strips or hooks, make sure the surface is clean and dry. This will ensure that the adhesive sticks well to the wall or mirror.

Measure the Mirror and Mark the Location of Hanging Strips

Before you start attaching anything to the wall, measure your mirror and mark where you want the hanging strips to go.

You’ll want to leave at least one inch of space between the edge of each strip and any other object, like a frame molding or window sill.

Attach Adhesive Strips in Pairs on Opposite Sides of the Mirror Frame

When you’re ready to start attaching strips or hooks to your mirror, make sure you attach them in pairs on opposite sides of the mirror frame.

This will help distribute the weight evenly across both strips and prevent them from pulling off one another when you hang it up on your wall (or take it down again).

Hang Your Mirror!

When everything else is done, all that’s left to do is actually hang your mirror on its new surface. The good news is that this part should be relatively easy if you’ve followed all of the previous steps.

How to Remove Command Picture Hanging Strips

It can be difficult to remove command strips from your wall or mirror without damaging them. If you want an easy way out, you can use a hairdryer to help loosen the adhesive.

Point the dryer at the strip for about 30 seconds, then slowly peel it off the surface. You can do this by pulling down on the release tab, which will remove the strip from the wall.

Make sure to pull in the downward direction instead of towards yourself to avoid peeling off any paint or wallpaper.

Be careful not to damage your mirror or wall when removing any of these strips! If you do end up with some leftover adhesive on either surface, we recommend using Goo Gone to remove it.

What Surfaces Can I Hang a Mirror With Command Strips?

Command strips can be used on a variety of different surfaces, including walls, mirrors, and even doors. As long as the surface is clean, dry, and free of debris or dust, you should be able to attach your mirror with no problem.

You can attach your strips to smooth surfaces such as glass, varnished wood, painted cinder blocks, tiles, metal, painted wallboard, and tile.

Command strips will not work on brick, wallpaper, fabrics, or textured surfaces.

Testing the surface that you plan on using for your mirror before actually applying the strips can help you determine if it’s compatible or not.

Benefits of Using Command Strips to Hang a Mirror

There are several benefits of using command strips to hang your mirror, including:

  • They’re easy to use and can be attached in minutes.
  • They hold up well under pressure and can support heavy mirrors.
  • They leave no damage or residue behind when removed.
  • You can use extra strips to reinforce the hold if needed.

Disadvantages of Using Command Strips for Hanging Mirrors

While command strips have many advantages, they also come with some disadvantages:

They’re not suitable for all surfaces.

  • The adhesive can lose its grip over time if exposed to moisture or extreme temperatures. They may need to be replaced every couple of years.
  • If the mirror hanging strips aren’t installed correctly, they can come off the wall or mirror.
  • Command strips aren’t ideal for all wall surfaces, such as wallpaper, fabrics, or textured surfaces. If you’re not sure if your surface is compatible, it’s best to test it out before purchasing any strips.
  • The strips can be more expensive than other alternatives such as nails or screws.

When deciding whether or not Command strips are ideal for your mirror hanging job, you will need to weigh these pros and cons and decide which factors matter the most for your personal situation and in your unique living space.

There is no right answer, and the best decision for you may be different than what someone else would choose.

How to Clean a Surface Before Applying Command Strips

Before applying your command strips, it’s important to clean the surface well. This will ensure that the adhesive has a good grip and will stay in place for as long as possible.

For best results, clean the area you’ll be hanging on with soap and water or a multi-purpose cleaner. Afterward, use a small amount of rubbing alcohol to remove any leftover sticky residue.

This will ensure that the strip bonds properly to the wall surface and stays strong for a very long time.

What Are the Heaviest Weight Command Strips?

Jumbo hooks are the heaviest-duty strips and can hold up to 7.5 pounds. If you have a heavier mirror, these are the strips you’ll want to use.

You can use several hooks to make sure the weight is evenly distributed across multiple points and the mirror doesn’t fall off in one location due to uneven weight distribution.

The CLAW Drywall Picture Hangers can hold up to 25 pounds and are specifically designed for hanging delicate yet heavy items such as mirrors.

They are commonly paired with Command Picture Hangers and are a secure option that leaves the walls with minimal marks after use.

The weight that a strip can hold is labeled on the packaging, so be sure to check before you buy.

Remember that you can use several adhesive strips to distribute the weight evenly, making it easier and safer for your mirror to stay in place.

What Are Other Ways to Hang a Mirror Without Nails?

If you’re not comfortable using strips or if the surface you’re working with isn’t compatible, there are other ways to hang your mirror without nails.

One way is to use drywall hooks. These are a great alternative for hanging anything that weighs less than five pounds. They’re inexpensive and can be found in most hardware stores or online

Another option is to use double-sided mounting tape, which you can use to adhere your mirror to the wall.

This method works best when working with lighter mirrors such as those made from plastic or resin materials instead of glass. Look for heavy-duty tape and closely follow the directions to make sure your mirror is secure.

If you’re looking for a more permanent solution, you can use screws to hang your mirror. This is a good option if you know the surface you’re attaching to can handle it and if you don’t mind making some holes in the wall.

No matter what method of hanging you choose, always make sure that the mirror is secure before you let go of it. 

Final Thoughts

When it comes to hanging a mirror, there are many different options to choose from.

You can use command strips, nails, screws, or other methods depending on the weight and size of your mirror and the surface you’re attaching it to.

Weigh the pros and cons of each option and decide what will work best for your specific situation.

Remember to always test a small area of the surface before adhering any type of hook, tape, or strip to ensure that it will be strong enough to hold your mirror.


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