How To Hang Frameless Mirror Without Clips?

How to Hang Frameless Mirror without Clips

Do you love wall accessories, but your heart skips a beat whenever you think there will be holes on the walls of your beautiful home? Do you hate the sound of the drilling machine? Or maybe you live in a rental house, and the landlord said no wall-holes?

Whatever the situation is if you are concerned about how to hang frameless mirror without clips, this is the right place. I’ll guide you throughout the article with various instructions, suggestions, and good practices. Stick around to learn more.

How to Hang a Frameless Mirror on a Door without Clips?

These are quite some methods of hanging frameless mirrors. Most of the time, glaziers either use mirror clips or strong adhesives like mastic. But there are methods like wiring, liquid nails, or Z clipping too.

I’ll not discuss anything about wiring or clipping methods in this article but only about adhesive methods.

Necessary Tools

For installing a mirror with adhesive, you will need the following tools:

  • A level
  • A wooden supporter that would support the bottom of the mirror
  • A tape measure for measuring
  • Painter’s tape for extra holding capability
  • Pencil for marking
  • Primer
  • Mastic adhesive
  • Working gloves

1. Marking Out the Wall Positioning

The First thing you need to do is marking out the mirror position:

  • Mark it down where exactly you want to hang it on the wall.
  • You can use a level and tape measure to mark out the mirror lining with a pencil.
  • Press your mirror against the wall, and with the help of another person, you can draw the outline.

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Tips: Some glaziers mark the outlines with tapes for convenience. If you want, you can try that out as well.

2. Dusting the Area

Since glue will be used, It’s better to dust off or sand off the particular area so that it sticks to the wall well.

  • At first, take a sandpaper and keep sanding off the area where the mirror will be positioned.
  • You must sand it off until you see the drywall; make sure there is no paint left.
  •  Lastly, clean it off properly with some clothes.

3. Priming the Area

It’s an absolute must to prime down the area where the mirror will be placed.

  • Grab the primer can and apply it to the respective area.
  • Make sure you dry the first coating well before applying the next one.


Using the primer is necessary because wall paintings carry additives that make it harder for adhesives to hold on.

4. Temporary Wooden Supporter

A wooden supporter is used to give support to the bottom edge of the mirror. At the initial time, it maximizes the holding capacity by working against gravity.

  • Glaziers would temporarily make holes into the wall for installing the wood, but you can do it by using painter’s tape too.
  • For places like the bathroom, you can place the wood-plank over the basin countertop.

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5. Applying Mirror Adhesive

Here comes the main part. This adhesive is the thing that’s going to keep your mirror stuck to the wall, so you have to apply it well.

  • Most manufacturers advise keeping two inches of edges while applying it to the back of the mirror. This way, if any squeezing happens, it doesn’t create any mess.
  • Try to use the specific mastic that is solely intended for mirrors. Otherwise, the silver coating of the backside of the mirror might get destroyed.

6. Sticking the Mirror to the Wall

Here comes the final step – sticking the mirror against the wall. You need to be extra careful in this step to make sure that the installation becomes firm.

  • First, keep one side a little lifted, and for the other – let it rest over the wooden support.
  • After that, slightly press down the mirror against the wall.
  • You can use a paint roller and let the adhesive spread evenly.

7. Using Tapes and Others

Use painter’s tapes on the edges of the mirror. After resting it for 24 hours or more, remove the wooden plank and tapes.

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Will the mirror come out if no clips are used?

It’s indeed true that clips give additional support to frameless mirrors but not like it would come off the wall if none is used! These clips usually can hold 10 kgs of weight. In comparison, 10kg might be a lot of weight for adhesives to hold on to. So, the weight (size and thickness) of the mirror determines whether it would come out if no clips are used.

With the adhesive method, must I tape down the mirror after installing it?

Look, it’s not a must. The purpose of using tape after installing a mirror with adhesive is to maximize the holding power. So, you can skip it although I would recommend you to use tapes. Then again, if you don’t have any temporary support for the door-stop to hang on (wooden support for mirror), you might end up using the tapes anyway.

Can I use electrical tapes instead of painter’s tape?

Apparently, no! Electric tape stretches a lot, so it’s recommended not to use any! It won’t be able to maximize the holding power as much as painter’s tape.

Will the wall paint come off when the tape is pulled off after installing a mirror?

Well, if the painting of the wall is not dry enough, then this might happen. I would recommend you make sure your wall is properly primed if you consider installing a frameless mirror using the adhesive method.

Wrapping Up!

Congratulations! If you’ve come this far, you now know how to hang frameless mirror without clips. I’ve tried to cover as many small details as possible so that you face no confusion while installing your fancy bathroom mirror. Also, make sure to check out the FAQ section; you will find some most-asked questions there.

If you follow the instructions; you are good to go. However, if you still don’t feel the confidence to do it yourself or don’t want to take extra hassle, you can always call a glazier.

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