Do you need or want to hang a mirror in a cubicle? This article will answer that question and give you many different options.
When it comes to decorating your cubicle, the options can feel a bit limited.
Even having said that, I’ll take a cubicle vs open office working environment any day!
But even in this small space, you can make a big impact with the addition of a mirror.
Wondering how to hang a mirror in your cubicle? I’ve got you covered!
Read on for many more details.
How do I Hang a Heavy Mirror in a Cubicle?
Having worked in cubicles almost all of my working life I’ve researched many different ways to hang anything in a cubicle. This question certainly begs a few more questions such as:
- How big is the mirror you want to hang?
- How heavy is the mirror you want to hang?
- Would it make more sense to simply purchase a mirror that is made for a cubicle wall?
I’m going to answer the main question with a few different options. I am going to try to provide a number of different answers to hanging a mirror in a cubicle. There are certainly a myriad of innovative hangers for cubicles available today. In this article I’ll touch upon just a few of them.
When I say heavy, I’m assuming the mirror the cubicle dweller wants to hang is around 20 pounds. I cannot envision hanging a mirror heavier than that on a cubicle wall but even if it’s 30 pounds the first solution should work. Here are some options.
Best-Rite Cubicle Board Hangers
These Best-Rite Cubicle Board Hangers are what I consider the best product to hang anything that is heavy on a cubicle wall. It could be a heavy poster or even a heavy mirror that is the subject of this article. The specs on these board hangers specify a maximum of 50 pounds which should be more than enough for a mirror you want to hang in a cubicle.
What is so great about these hangers is that the hangers adjust to the width of the cubicle wall. Not all cubicle walls are the same width but these hangers will adjust based on the cubicle wall thickness.
I am also going to assume that the back of the mirror is similar to a painting or a poster where there is some type of wire on the back of the mirror that will allow you to hang it. The hooks from the cubicle board hangers will secure the wire on each side of the back of the mirror. You can simply move the hangers back and forth depending on the width of the mirror.
Metal Cubicle Hooks
Some cubicle hooks are made from plastic which, as a result, don’t make them the best fit for hanging a heavy mirror. But there are a brand of cubicle hooks that are made out of metal which make them more equipped for hanging a heavy item. If the mirror you are hanging is a heavier mirror them metal cubicle hooks just might be a great option for you.
If the mirror is equipped with wire in the back like the one shown in the image above, then you can simply secure the mirror with one metal cubicle hook which has been inserted into the fabric cubicle wall. The metal cubicle hooks shown here have a maximum weight recommendation of 20 lbs which should handle any mirror that you want to hang from a cubicle wall.
How do I Hang a Light Mirror in a Cubicle?
When I say a light mirror I’m talking more about a mirror that may be 2 pounds at its maximum.
Panel Wire Hooks
These hangers are probably under-utilized in Cubicle Nation but I’m not sure why. I’ve used them for years to hang different items on my cubicle wall. The needles sink deeply into the fabric of the cubicle wall and there is a hook onto which you can mount anything like a mirror or a poster, assuming there is some type of wire of string or notch in the back of the item you are trying to hang. I’m a huge fan of panel wire hooks because for short money you can purchase enough to probably last you for many years.
They typically come in something like 25 to a pack for short money. The Advantus Panel Wire Hooks shown here are advertised as metal wire hangers for lightweight objects and to hang pictures, calendars or keys on fabric panel walls. The could most certainly be used to hang a light mirror given the proper configuration on the back of the mirror.
Plastic Cubicle Hooks
Cubicle hooks are specialized items made specifically for the fabric of a cubicle wall. Some use them to hang keys with a single hook. For a small mirror with a notch in the back or some type of wire for hanging, a plastic cubicle hook should work. The plastic cubicle hooks shown here maximum weight recommendation of 2 lbs which might work for most mirrors that you would want to hang in a cubicle.
Once again, the assumption is that there is either a notch in the back of the mirror, like a keyhole notch, or the mirror comes equipped with a wire from which you can hang from the cubicle hook. It’s a simple, reasonable-priced solution that you can use to hang other items in your cubicle such as your keys (mentioned above), a small sign, or a light poster.
You may need to use multiple cubicle hooks separated on the same line depending on the size of the mirror or light poster that you want to hang. Once again these hangers are recommended for items that are not more than 2 lbs in weight.
Specialized Mirrors for a Computer Monitor or Cubicle
In this day and age there are many different mirrors for a computer monitor or a cubicle wall that you can purchase without worrying about hanging them manually. I’ll detail 3 different models below that I have used in my cubicle.
Modtek Clip-on Rear View Mirror
This Modtek Clip-On Rear View Mirror is actually attached to my computer monitor in my home office as I write this article. What I like about this particular small rear view mirror is that 1) it swivels so you can face it easily to look behind you and 2) it clips on so there is no adhesive involved at all.
The rear view mirror that I have in my office cubicle that you will see below utilized adhesive to attach to the side of my computer monitor. So, if you are going to ever switch out your computer monitor it could be an issue removing any monitor mirror that utilizes adhesive.
This particular mirror is not large as it measures 3 3/8″ side-to-side by 2″ high. It’s plenty nig though to suit its purpose of seeing anyone sneaking up on you.
iView Rear View Monitor Mirror
This iView Rear View Computer Monitor Mirror is the one that I utilize in my office cubicle at work. This particular mirror has been affixed to my computer monitor for many years with no issues at all. The image shown here is actually of my rear view monitor mirror in my cubicle.
As I mentioned above the only real difference between this one and the Modtek version is that this one uses adhesive to attach to the side of my computer monitor. Some may not like this idea because once it is affixed you cannot move it around. I love mine and it is probably the most popular item I ever wrote about on this website.
The dimensions of this mirror are 3.5″ X 2.5″ so it’s slightly larger than the Modtek shown above. It’s a solidly built rear view computer monitor mirror that will last for many years.
See All ICU7 Clip-On Convex Security Mirror
I’ll tell you right off the bat, this is NOT A SMALL MIRROR. It is a 7″ diameter mirror so I think, if you are contemplating adding a mirror to your cubicle just for checking yourself out this might be the one to buy. What is great about this See All ICU7 clip-on security mirror is that, once again, it is clip-on but it will clip onto a cubicle wall so you don’t even have to hang it.
I actually purchased this originally for my office cubicle but seeing that it was so big, I took it home and it is now used in my shed just as a mirror and not as a rear view mirror.
So, instead of purchasing a mirror roughly this size for the wall of your computer, you might want to purchase this one instead so you don’t even have to worry about hanging it. I’ve actually seen co-workers use this mirror as a mirror that will alert someone who is coming around a corner simply by attaching it to a cubicle wall. It actually worked great for that purpose.
It’s entirely up to you but I just wanted to provide options for hanging a mirror in a cubicle.
Summary – How do I Hang a Mirror in a Cubicle
The point I hope that I made in this article is that you have options for hanging a mirror in a cubicle. I also hoped I provided some options based on the weight and dimensions of the mirror you are trying to hang.
Also, if you want to just buy a mirror that will either attach to your computer monitor or if you want a mirror that will attach to a cubicle wall, there are options. And those options have been presented in this article.
I hope the questions have been answered sufficiently. If not please ask and I’ll certainly help out!
Bob has been blogging for over 20 years and has been an office and cubicle dweller for more than 40 years. He created the popular office website CubicleBliss in January 2011 and rebranded it as WorkspaceBliss in April 2020. Over the years, he has been a regular writer for popular blogs such as DailyBlogTips and WorkAwesome (can read his articles here).
In the office he’s been an IT Manager, Applications Engineer, Systems Analyst, Software Project leader, and Programmer Analyst in his long career. He’s a Certified Microsoft Professional and possesses a Masters of Science degree and two Bachelor of Science degrees, one of those in Informational Technology.