How to Hang Glass Art (3 Easy Steps)

It depends on the type and thickness of the glass you are working with how you hang it. If your artwork or signage is at least 1/4 inch thick (0.64 cm), edge grip mounts are an effective and simple method of installation. 

Mirror clips work well with frameless mirrors or thinner glass pieces. Try friction mounted hooks for hanging glass art in a window that can easily hold up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg).

3 Methods of How to Hang Glass Art

Method 1: Hanging Glass Art and Signage

Things You’ll Need

  • Edge grip stand-off mounts and hardware
  • Masking tape
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Phillips head driver bit or screwdriver
  • Drill and bit to match the anchors
  • Hammer
  • Level
Hanging Glass Art

1. Edge grip stand-off mounts:

Mount glass art and signage using edge grip stand-offs. The piece can be suspended from the wall using stand-off mounts. 

Translucence is enhanced by this type of material since it allows light to pass through, enhancing glass art and signage. Anchor, screw, barrel, and cap make up each mount.

  • A sign’s or artwork’s distance from the wall is determined by how long the barrel is.
  • Stand-off mounts that use edge grips do not require that your glass piece be drilled with holes. A channel in the mount grips the glass edges.

2. Buy a kit of 4 mounts:

The mounts should match the piece and the decor in style and color. The mounts are available in a variety of colors and shapes in metal, acrylic, and plastic.

Additionally, they come in different barrel lengths, so you can hang your piece closer or further away from the wall, according to your preference.

hanging glass art on wall
  • If your wall material is masonry or drywall, select an anchor style that matches the decor of your room.
  • Buy edge grip mounts that can be adjusted if your glass art work has irregular thickness. You can buy mounts with channels that match the thickness of your piece if it is uniform in thickness.

3. Use masking tape:

Mark the glass with masking tape where the mounts will be placed. Your piece will be secured with two mounts on the bottom edge and two on the top edge. 

Depending on the size of the glass, you should measure 1 to 4 inches away from each corner. 

Put a piece of masking tape in each corner of the mirror after removing it from the package.

  • The distance between the top two marks and the bottom two marks should be equal.
  • You can come in farther from a corner when the glass is wider.

4. Mark the wall:

Place your piece on the wall and mark the location. Tape the glass to the wall along the top edge, and mark 2 light pencil marks on the wall where you want it to be. 

Make sure your marks are even by using a level. Next, mark the bottom edge of the wall using the same method.

  • This part is easiest to do with someone else.

5. Holes for your anchors:

Drill holes for your anchors that are 1/4 inch (0.64 cm) deep. Ensure that the drill bit is parallel to the floor by holding it firmly. Incorporate the anchors into the holes in the wall and tap them into place, until they are flush.

  • Drill bits must match anchor sizes!

6. Place the support screw down:

Support the mount with a screw placed through the hollow barrel. Align the screw with the mount. Tighten the screw with a Phillips head screwdriver. 

Put steady pressure on the drill or screwdriver while holding it parallel to the floor. Use the same technique for all four mounts.

  • Verify that the channel side of the screw is straight and facing the right way before tightening it all the way.

7. Glass piece gently into the channels from the side:

From the side, gently place your glass into the channel. Make sure that the glass is snugly seated in the channel by tightening the small set screws on each mount.

It may be necessary to use a different driver bit or screwdriver depending on the mount style.

  • Check that the channels are all parallel to the floor if the glass is not sliding into all four channels. If necessary, adjust the screws.

8. Place the caps and finish the look:

Finish the look by placing the caps on the barrels. Screw-in caps and pop-in caps work equally well. 

Following the instructions included with your kit, attach the caps to the barrels once your mirror is securely in place.

Method 2: Using Clips for Frameless Mirrors

using clips for hanging glass art

1. Use mirror clips to mount mirrors:

Mirror clips come in a set with 2 clips that attach to the bottom of the mirror and are fixed, 2 clips that attach to the top of the mirror and are spring-loaded, and 4 anchor screws for installation. 

A standard mirror clip has a channel that is designed to hold mirrors or glasses that are at most 0.64 inches thick.

  • The clip on the front of the mirror shows, so choose a shape, size, color, and finish that matches your decor.
  • You should buy a kit made for the material of your wall (dry wall, masonry, etc.).

2. Choose a location:

A place away from doors will prevent the mirror from falling because opening and closing doors can loosen the fasteners. 

Mark the studs in the wall with a grease pencil after locating them with a stud finder.

  • Install the mirror securely by anchoring it to a stud.
  • You may need assistance finding and marking the studs.

3. Mark the wall:

Indicate where the mirror’s bottom edge needs to be placed on the wall. Measure the mirror’s width with a tape measure after you choose the mirror’s height. 

Then, measure the width of the mirror and make two marks on the wall to correspond with its height. These marks will align with the bottom edge of the mirror.

  • Marks should be connected so that a line parallel to the floor is drawn, with the line parallel to the width of the glass.

4. Determine the placement of the bottom 2 clips.

You should mark each side of your line from 1 to 4 inches (2.5 to 10.2 cm) from the center, depending on your glass width. Mirrors with a wider width can be mounted closer to the center.

  • Do not bring the mounts in so close that the distance between them is greater than the mirror’s width.

5. Drill holes in the wall where your marks:

Make marks on the wall and drill holes. The drill bit should be parallel to the floor and perpendicular to the wall. 

Make sure the anchors are flush with the wall by tapping or pressing them into place with a hammer. To fasten the clips to the wall, use a Philips head bit or screwdriver.

  • The drill bit should be the same size as the anchor.
  • Make sure the clip channel is straight before tightening the screw all the way.

6. Bottom clips and mark the wall for the top clips:

At each end of the mirror, make light pencil marks on the wall. Measure in from the marks as you did for the bottom clips after removing the mirror. 

Depending on the spring loading of the top clip, you will then want to drop those marks down by approximately 1/4 inch (0.64 cm) so that the fit will be snug.

7. Use a level to confirm your marks are inline:

Use a level between your final marks to ensure they are evenly spaced on the wall.

In case of crooked clips, the mirror will appear crooked, and it won’t be securely fastened to the wall.

8. Install the top clips:

Make holes for the anchors at each mark. Install the anchors by tapping them into place. Use a Phillips head bit or screwdriver to attach the top clips to the anchors.

  • Before you tighten the screw all the way down, you should make sure the channel of the clip is parallel with the floor.

9. Press the top edge of the mirror into the top clips:

Press firmly against the top clips of the mirror so that the springs are fully compressed. Then, gently guide the bottom edge of the mirror into place while maintaining the pressure up top.

  • When installing the final piece, you may want to wear gloves.

Method 3: Using Friction Mounts to Display Glass Art in Windows

using friction mounts for hanging glass art

Things You Needs

  • Friction mount
  • Paper towels
  • Glass cleaner

1. Purchase friction mount:

For displaying glass art in your window, purchase friction mounted utility hooks. Packages of four are available and are each rated to hold up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg).

They do not slide down the window or pop off like suction mounted hooks.

2. Select a location for your mount:

Clean the surface of the mount and choose a location. With a paper towel, wipe the area down with glass cleaner.

Any adhesive should always be applied to a clean surface.

3. Remove adhesive backing and press mount firmly onto window:

Press the mount firmly onto the window after removing the adhesive backing. Push toward the outside of the circle to smooth out any air bubbles.

The mount should be pressed at its center and flush with the window once it has been in place for a few moments.

  • You can reposition the mount if you make a mistake by peeling it off and starting over.

4. Attach the hook to the mount:

Hooks and mounts may be separate in some cases. Place the attachment hook over the center post if the hook is separate. 

Connect the glass art’s hanging hardware to the hook.

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