How to Install a Mirror


Installing mirrors securely with TOGGLER® High Performance Anchors is quick, easy, and foolproof when you follow the simple "Step by Step" instructions on this page.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Tools: Drill, screwdriver / screw gun, measuring tape / ruler, pencil, screw.

Look at the mounting hardware on the back of your mirror. It could be a wire across its back, keyhole hardware, a D-ring, or a D-strap. All of these hardware work well with TOGGLER wall anchors.
If there is a wire across the back of the mirror, we recommend using the TOGGLER Picture Hook Anchor, because its uniquely shaped hook guides the wire into position and captures it on the anchor. There is little chance of the wire slipping off the hook, even under vibration. In addition, the hook holds the wire securely on the screw, not below it (as with standard J-hooks). This increases the load that the anchor can safely carry. The TOGGLER Picture Hook Anchor can also carry small gauge D-rings and D-straps.
Larger gauge D-rings and D-straps, and keyhole hardware, mount directly on screws whose heads stand off slightly from the wall.
Use our Application Finder to choose the right TOGGLER wall anchor to hold the screw, depending on the wall material and the weight of the mirror.
To see how easy it is to install mirrors using one of our other TOGGLER High-Performance Anchors, click on "Learn more" under that anchor on the right-hand side of this page.

To install a mirror using the TOGGLER Picture Hook Anchor:

  1. Using a ruler, measure the distance between the top of the frame and the center of the wire when the wire is pushed fully toward the top of the frame (as if the wire were suspended from a hook).
  2. Place the mirror against the wall so that its top is at the height you want and make a pencil mark at the center of the mirror's top.
  3. From that mark, measure down the distance that you measured in step #2 between the top of the frame and the center of the raised wire.
  4. Drill a 5/16" diameter hole through that second mark.
  5. Fold the anchor by pushing in its middle and insert it into the hole with the hook facing up. Using a hammer, tap the anchor flush to the wall.
  6. Insert the red key to "pop" anchor open and lock behind wall. [Not necessary in solid walls, like concrete, brick, or stone.] Remove the key.
    DO NOT FORCE OR HAMMER THE KEY. If the anchor does not pop open, it just means either that the wall is thicker than 1/2" or that the anchor is up against a stud that prevents it from opening. If that happens, the anchor will function as a wedge-type fastener when the screw is inserted.
    The TOGGLER Picture Hook Anchor will function as an expansion anchor in solid walls, such as brick walls, concrete walls, or stone walls.
  7. Insert a fully-threaded screw (like a sheet metal screw) into the anchor and tighten until the screw is flush with the head of the anchor, then stop.
    Choose a screw size from #6 through #14 (we recommend a #8 screw), with a minimum length of 1-1/2".
  8. Place the mirror's wire against the wall and slide it down until it comes to rest on the anchor. Slowly let go of the mirror until its weight rests fully on the anchor and screw.
    If the mirror has a D-strap or D-ring on its back instead of a wire, follow the same instructions. In step #2, measure the distance between the top of the D-strap or D-ring and the top of the mirror's frame.
    If the mirror has keyhole brackets on its back, then install a TOGGLER Plastic Toggle Anchor, instead of a TOGGLER Picture Hook Anchor. Tighten the screw flush to the surface of the anchor, then back it out enough distance so that the head of the screw can fit into the keyhole bracket. Place the hole of the bracket over the head of the screw, place the mirror flush against the wall, then slide the mirror down so that the bracket rests firmly on the screw.


To avoid having to clean up the drywall powder from the floor after drilling the hole, place an index card underneath your drill bit to catch the dust as you are drilling.

Products for this Application

Picture Hook Anchor

TOGGLER Picture Hook Anchors

TOGGLER Picture Hook Anchors are the wall anchors of choice for hanging mirrors that have a wire across their back or that use a D-strap or a D-ring. These anchors work in walls of all thicknesses, including drywall or gypsum board, as well as in plaster walls, concrete walls, and brick walls.
>Learn More
>Purchase Online

SnapSkru Self-Drilling Drywall Anchors

SnapSkru Self-Drilling Drywall Anchors

SnapSkru Self-Drilling Drywall Anchors are quick, secure anchors for installing lightweight mirrors on drywall and gypsum board. NO drill needed!
>Learn More
>Purchase Online

SNAPTOGGLE Heavy-Duty Drywall Anchors

SNAPTOGGLE Heavy-Duty Toggle Bolts

SNAPTOGGLE Toggle Bolts are the strongest, most reliable anchors for installing heavier mirrors on a hollow wall, whether it is drywall, hollow block, or plaster over lath.
>Learn More
>Purchase Online

Plastic Toggle Drywall Anchors

TOGGLER Plastic Toggle Anchors

TOGGLER Plastic Toggle Anchors are easy to use and secure anchors for installing mediumweight mirrors on drywall and gypsum board, but also work securely if you hit a stud.
>Learn More
>Purchase Online

ALLIGATOR All-Purpose Anchors

ALLIGATOR All-Purpose Anchors

ALLIGATOR All-Purpose Anchors quickly and securely install mirrors on a solid wall (like concrete, brick, or stone) or in a bathroom on tile over drywall or green board. Use our Application Finder to choose the right size anchor for your mirror.
>Learn More
>Purchase Online

Additional Information

> Solutions / Application Finder
> Ask the Expert