The mirror is an often overlooked yet essential accessory in the bathroom.
Not only used to help you with brushing your teeth, washing your face, applying your makeup and fixing your hair, but it also plays an important role in the balance, functionality and spaciousness of your room.
Wondering where the best place to position your mirror is? Here we offer some useful tips and advice for choosing and hanging the perfect bathroom mirror.
Where can a mirror be hung in the bathroom?
The most obvious place to put a bathroom mirror is on the wall above a vanity unit, at a sensible height, usually opposite a window. This allows natural light to bounce from the reflective surface and fill the room, offering a bright and airy feel.
If your en-suite or family bathroom has a unique design or layout, you can get creative and play around with where you position it.
For example, you may decide to install it in a location that:
- is both useful and accessible
- gets plenty of natural light
- complements the room, as opposed to overshadowing it
An alternative to hanging a mirror flat on the wall would be to dangle it from a hook for a floating effect. Or if your bathroom is larger than most, you may consider installing a full-length mirror or a wide mirror that spans the entire wall.
How high should your bathroom mirror be on the wall?
Although there are no hard and fast rules on where to fix a bathroom mirror, it should be hung at eye level.
To determine the perfect height for your mirror, you’ll need to consider the height of the people using it (and consider adding a step for children) – ensuring they’ll be able to see at least their head and upper torso. This will enable them to complete basic daily beauty or self-care rituals without having to stand on their tiptoes or crouch down.
Where should your mirror be in relation to your sink?
Most people opt to fit their bathroom mirror on the wall above their sink, so they can see what they are doing.
Whilst it depends on the shape and size of your mirror, it’s usually a good idea to hang it 5-10 inches above the washbasin and taps. Hang it too low down, and it’s likely to get covered in splashes of water, shaving foam and various other toiletries – meaning you’ll spend most of your time cleaning it.
How many mirrors should you have?
It’s typically advised to have at least one mirror at the bathroom sink – but no more than two.
If your bathroom is cosier than most, sticking with one mirror and placing it strategically can make your room feel bigger and brighter than it actually is.
If you have a double basin or vanity cabinet, with a his and hers sink, you could consider hanging a mirror above each one.
Even if you have one sink but a large freestanding, wall-mounted or pedestal vanity, multiple mirrors will work well. A second mirror can help to give your room a more balanced look if your basin is slightly off-centre, too.
Some people are uncomfortable with seeing their reflection from various angles – making them feel self-conscious, especially when showering or using the toilet. So limit the number of mirrors you have in your bathroom.
Need a new bathroom mirror?
Whether you’ve redecorated your bathroom or you’ve had a new one fitted, deciding where to put your mirror can have a huge impact on how the room looks.
If your old mirror no longer suits the style of your bathroom, or you’re looking for something a little bigger or smaller to complement the shape and size of your vanity units and sink, it’s worth investing in a new one (or two).
Our best advice is to contact bathroom specialists and explore the range of bathroom mirrors they have on offer. Any reputable supplier will have a wide selection to choose from – including (but not limited to) extendable mirrors, magnifying mirrors, illuminated mirrors, and even mirrors that play music.
Before you commit to buying a new mirror, always double-check that your measurements are accurate and find out whether fixings are included or if you’ll need to purchase these separately.
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