You may not think about it initially, but take a moment right now and think about the time that you spend in your home looking at yourself with your wall or bathroom mirrors. That’s right, calculate the time in the morning when you do your makeup and shave. Include the minutes here and there where you take a peek and glance at your hair or do simple touch ups. Plenty of people take it for granted just how important the right wall mirrors can be in the home. Not only do you want a non-distorted image, but you want to be able to see yourself as others will see you.
When you are thinking about the vanity mirror in your bathroom, these questions are even more important. It probably is going to be one of the ones in your home that you pay the most attention to and that will capture you in even the most private of moments. Ensuring that it is decorative, comfortable to use and the best bathroom mirror for your home will make it so that once it is in and installed, it will make you happy for years to come.
So, let’s get started.
How much room do you have for a mirror?
The first thing, and perhaps more important than anything else when you choose a bathroom mirror is how much space do you have available?
Because while you probably have a few grand ideas about what you would prefer in your space, it all comes down to what you can actually do. So before you do anything else, determine how much room that you have to work with.
Generally, a good rule of thumb for measuring a bathroom mirror is two to three inches smaller than the vanity itself for the length.
For the width, you want to leave at least a few inches above your vanity and below the lighting source, if you have vanity lighting. Make sure that you allow for space if you choose a frame.
You do not need to have a huge mirror that covers this entire space, but now you know the working space that you have for whatever selection you make.
Now that you know how much space you have…
Next, you need to determine which kind of mirror that you prefer. For this, you have a two main options:
Frames add elegance and style to any bathroom. This is a good choice if you are looking for a long term solution and you are okay with using mirror glue or semi-permanent adhesive. With framed mirrors, you want to keep in mind that dust and grime or even toothpaste can get stuck in the corners and if you don’t clean it often and it will end up looking messy.
If you are looking for a simple bathroom standard, then a frameless mirror is the way to go. These include any mirror that is mounted without a frame, usually by using white, clear or wooden brackets. These often require a little work to get the mounting right, but with a bit of panel adhesive and brackets, they will remain stationary. If you want a bit of style but don’t want the frame, beveled and shaped glass are good alternatives.
Why shape is important
As you may have guessed, there are a number of shapes available for bathroom mirrors. Shape is less about function and more about style. Keep in mind when you choose the shape who is going to be using your bathroom. If you have children, make sure that it is measured low enough so that they can see themselves. If you share the mirror, make sure that it is positioned where both adults will see themselves. As long as the mirror services everyone that uses the bathroom then shape is about preference.
The most common shapes of bathroom mirrors are:
Square and Rectangle
Round or Oval
Know how you are going to install your mirror
Part of choosing a functional bathroom mirror is knowing how it is going to actually hang in your bathroom. Now, if you are having a contractor do the work for you then mounting will probably be discussed with them and less of a problem. However, if you are a little bit handy then you can do-it-yourself without a problem. That being said, you need to also research the mounting styles for the mirror and make sure that you choose something that is going to meet your lifestyle.
So ask yourself, how long do you want this mirror in your bathroom. If the first thought to that question was, “Forever” then you want to use a long-term adhesive that will not be easy to remove. Liquid nails is a common choice for this. However, if you aren’t so sure then you want to consider a couple of different options.
Of course, a bathroom mirror needs to be secure. You don’t want to risk it falling. For one that you plan on having up for less than 5 years (which is often the case if you don’t plan on staying in your home forever and if you are leasing or renting) then you have two main options.
Basically, this is still a glue on option for your bathroom vanity mirrors. The semi-permanent options are just that and with a special remover they can later be taken down or changed. The benefit to adhesive is that the mirror is more solidly placed on the wall but it is more difficult to remove.
If you have ever rented an apartment, then you have probably seen this type or mirror. They have small brackets that are made of wood or plastic that are either screwed or hammered into the wall. They are simple to remove and relatively sturdy. However, there is no actual bonding to the wall. Over time the brackets can wear down and need to be replaced. Additionally, if the brackets are loose then the mirror can move or shift when a door is slammed or if they are touched.
So there you have it, I’m sure with this information in hand you’ll be able to get your new bathroom mirror picked out and installed in no time.