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Hanging a large mirror from Ikea!

1ddqd1ddqd Registered User regular
edited November 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
My g/f and I bought this from Ikea and we really like it. So much, in fact, that we want to hang it over our couch! But that could be bad without the right "fasteners" as Ikea directs. So!

I need to tell my g/f which "fasteners" to buy since I'm stuck at work and Home Depot closes early.

I need to know the name for this:

You drill a hole in the wall (into a stud) for the anchor, then place it in the hole. There is a screw/bolt that you screw into said anchor. Not sure if it expands or not.

These were already installed in our previous apartment, which was convenient. Anyone know the name?

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  • MushiwulfMushiwulf Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I just call them wall anchors.

    These:
    http://www.jdcopelandsupply.com/nylon-wall-driller-p-210.html
    come in plastic or metal. There are a couple of other, common types as well.

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  • matt has a problemmatt has a problem Points to 'off' Points to 'on'Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Tell her to get blue plastic wall anchors. Home Depot has them in packs of 10 or 50 I believe. You'll only need the 10 pack. They'll support the 66 pounds just fine.

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  • SloSlo Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Tell her to get blue plastic wall anchors. Home Depot has them in packs of 10 or 50 I believe. You'll only need the 10 pack. They'll support the 66 pounds just fine.

    But it doesn't hurt to get a few metal screws into a wall stud. Plastic anchors shouldn't really be used exclusivley.

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Probably resolved, but you want a 'drywall anchor' set; comes with the screws and anchors to match.

    If you're expecting to do much more hanging, you can get a variety pack with different weights/sizes.

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  • 1ddqd1ddqd Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Notice, if you will, the weight - since it will be hanging above our heads, I want to make sure it's secure. Hence, wall stud, but also metal preferred. I thought anchor sounded right, so I'll have her make a run. Thanks!

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  • RUNN1NGMANRUNN1NGMAN Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Also, for something heavy like a mirror, make sure you use a hangar at each corner. Don't run a wire and hang from a single point. I have a mirror that size and you should be fine with drywall anchors. I'm actually just using two heavy duty picture hangers and it's fine.

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  • 1ddqd1ddqd Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    RUNN1NGMAN wrote: »
    Also, for something heavy like a mirror, make sure you use a hangar at each corner. Don't run a wire and hang from a single point. I have a mirror that size and you should be fine with drywall anchors. I'm actually just using two heavy duty picture hangers and it's fine.
    That's the plan, RUNN1NGMAN. The mirror has hangers at each corner, conveniently.

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  • FyreWulffFyreWulff YouRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2009
    Just make sure it's in the studs, and only hang it from the top. That way if for some silly reason the anchors fail, the mirror will go straight down instead of falling forward and bonking things on the head

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