By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Judging by the photo spreads in home design magazines, mirrors seem to be very popular wall decorations in today's homes. We see them hanging in foyers, dining rooms and living rooms. It makes sense, because a wall mirror tends to create a feeling of depth and visually doubles the space. It's a popular addition on a wall to open up a narrow hallway, or expand the space in a small dining room, or create the illusion of extra space over a fireplace mantle.
The weight of a mirror is a concern and should be considered with caution. One mounting system uses plastic mirror J-clips: these are screwed into the wall and the mirror rests in them. Another combines adhesive and an L-channel along the bottom of the mirror; the channel seems to disappear when installed, and the mirror appears to float on the wall. When removed from the wall the clips leave screw holes, and the L-channel leaves dried construction adhesive, something to consider when selecting a mounting system.
To have a mirror installed you can hire a glass and mirror service or do it yourself. A mirror service will install a 36- by 48-inch beveled edge mirror for $105, which includes the labor and material. You can buy the mirror and hardware and install it yourself for $50 and save 52 percent.
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The average price to hang a mirror noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.