Inexpensive Walmart mirrors


Has anyone tried an earlier suggestion to attach Walmart full length mirrors with glue and cloth to create a screen. I want to use 4 or 5 of these mirrors to make a screen but have limited skill and very few tools. It would be free standing along a wall with the mirrors on either end turned toward the wall at about 90 degrees. What would be a simple way to add stability?

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  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jul 03, 2020

    If you are intending that this 'screen' be free-standing, how do you plan to mount it so that it stays upright? Finding suitable hardware that will be robust enough to hold up the weight, while staying anchored to the wall, will be very difficult and not cheap.

    A cloth backing will be no where strong or stable enough to counter the gravity that will be tugging down on the mirrors. You will need to build an inside frame structure first, cover it with fabric, then mount the mirror frames directly on to the frame.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jul 03, 2020

    'Just wondering where did you read the 'earlier suggestion' about making this type of screen? Was it an answer to a question asked, or was it a comment pertaining to a particular project here on Hometalk?

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    • Flipturn Flipturn on Jul 05, 2020

      O.K. Maybe another Hometalker will be able to find the exact question posting that you are referring to. In the meantime, keep in mind that not all responses to questions have actually been tried by others. Sometimes they are just suggestions, or other folks 'thinking out loud.'

  • on Jul 03, 2020

    A screen made of shutters would be more stable and less breakable. Would that solve your problem?

    • Jayce Jayce on Jul 04, 2020

      Thanks for reply, Shutters could do nicely if not too expensive.

  • Nan W. Nan W. on Jul 03, 2020

    Jayce: maybe something here will help

  • Cindy Cindy on Jul 03, 2020

    Hi Jayce. Last year I bought 4 shutters from Habitat for Humanity. I plan to attach them together with hinges. I plan to make a plant stand out of the shutters. You could do the same thing to make a foldable screen. Good luck Jayce.

    • Jayce Jayce on Jul 04, 2020

      Thanks, I believe we have a Habitat Homestore. I'll check it out.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jul 04, 2020

    The Walmart mirrors I have used usually only had a cardboard back and needed to be attached to a sturdy surface like a door or wall. If you built a screen that was sturdy, you could attach a mirror to it. I recently reattached a Walmart mirror to its frame and backing after taking it off a wall. They are fairly flimsy, not sturdy enough to be free standing. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 04, 2020

    Hello Jayce,

    You have to zig zag them from end to end!

    • Jayce Jayce on Jul 04, 2020

      Yes I guess zig zag would be sturdier Maybe I could brace every two panels in the back somehow. Thanks gor feedback.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Jul 04, 2020

    A thin plywood, old doors, or even sheetrock panels will give support to the mirrors. You can add feet to the bottom or assemble in the zig zag pattern.

    • Jayce Jayce on Jul 04, 2020

      Thanks, I'll probably try zig zag and use gorila glue to attach one or two Light weight wood strip braces across the back . The mirror screen will be against the wall.

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Jul 04, 2020

    The walmart mirrors are very thin. are they hung on something? I'd be affraid they would not be stable.

    • Jayce Jayce on Jul 04, 2020

      No, I don't really have a way to hang them and don't want them flush with the wall. I'll try the zig zag and brace idea but still not sire how to attach them to one another as the plastic frames are too flimsy to attach a hinge using screws Thanks for your input.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 05, 2020

    Hello again,

    To make them stable, you should really make a frame for each mirror and hinge it to the next in 2 or 3 places to make a sort of dressing screen. If the mirrors are thin and were meant to hang on a wall, I would want to protect myself from the hazard of them shattering by using something like Contact for mirrors /windows (clear or patterned) on each one too. Did you know you could buy Plexiglass (Perspex) mirror. You maybe able to buy from eBay or other used item outlet, a Wooden Clothes horse that might fit your bill.. Best wishes.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jul 08, 2020

    You need a base for them to stand on and something to hold them together next to each other they will still lean forward and back on the material.