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How to hang an IKEA mirror (Stockholm)

The IKEA Stockholm mirror has 2 little eyelets on the back off to the left and right. One way to hang the mirror is to measure the distance between the eyelets and put nails/screws precisely lined up with the eyelets. This seems like a recipe for lots of mistakes. I found another solution.

The basic idea is to hang the mirror from a wire that stretches across the back of the mirror on a single hook.

Step 1 – Gather the materials

  • Wire or twine (strong enough to hold up 10lbs).
  • D-rings.
  • 2 screws and corresponding nuts that fit through the D-ring screw hole.
  • Heavy duty picture hook.

Step 2 – Attach the D-rings to the mirror

Attaching the D-rings to the mirror is the best part! D-rings generally come with wood screws to screw into picture frames. We won’t be using these wood screws. Instead, you’ll need the 2 screws and nuts. The mirror is hung off the head of the screws. The nuts secure the screw to the D-ring.

Step 3 – Loop the wire/twine through the D-rings

After both D-rings are secured to the mirror eyelets, loop the wire/twine through both D-rings.

Knot the ends of the wire/twine together. I used a double fisherman’s knot. The mirror is ready to be hung, but first you’ll need to nail the picture hook to the wall.

Step 4 – Nail the picture hook to the wall

Find a stud in your wall, and nail the picture hook into the stud.

Step 5 – Hang the wire/twine on the picture hook

Everything’s ready! Hang the mirror by the wire/twine from the picture hook. The mirror will center itself out and hang centered on the picture hook.

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Comments 12

  1. Pav

    Hi. Sorry gonna sound really silly. But what size screw and nut do i need? And do you know which particular d ring will fit this screw and nut?

    1. Raymond Li

      @Pav: The size of the D-ring hole is 3/16″ (approx. 0.5cm), and the screw fits just right.

      You should be able to find various sizes of screws and nuts at your local hardware store. The trick is getting the one that will fit in the D-ring hole, since D-rings are generally packaged at the hardware store. I basically just estimated a guess. To save going back and forth to the store, you might buy a few screw/nut combinations, since they’re quite inexpensive.

  2. will

    Hi…just bought the Stockhom mirror and I like the D-ring idea as I was worried about lining up the the 2 screws level and spaced apart accurately.

    But if you use the D-rings with the nuts & bolts…did it look a little strange as the mirror will not be flush against the wall? (i.e. you will have a gap where the nuts/bolts are)

    1. Ray Li

      Hi, Will!

      There will be a small gap between the mirror and the wall. The gap is about the thickness of the nut. IMO, it’s hardly noticeable unless you’re looking for it. :)

      To get the mirror to hang flush with the wall will require a different solution.

      You might be able to tie the twine around something like a small plate that could fit through the eyelet, but then turn it length-wise so that it won’t fall out of the eyelet. I haven’t tried this myself, but it may work if you find something strong and secure enough to go into the eyelet.

      If you find something that works for you, please post how you got it to work.

  3. Marita

    I purchased the Stockholm mirror today and was contemplating my approach with our fussy lath and plaster walls. Then I happened upon your post. Your idea is brilliant. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Andrew

    Can anyone tell me what height the fixing point are on the actual mirror? I need to put a bit of framing in the wall before the gib goes on. Thanks!

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