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Top Tips To Choose And Safely Install A Bathroom Mirror

Top Tips To Choose And Safely Install A Bathroom Mirror

A bathroom mirror is an item that we probably don’t give much thought to day-to-day, even though we probably at least glance in it every time we go to the bathroom. From careful tasks such as shaving or applying makeup before work, to simply checking that our hair is in place as we wash our hands, this item earns its keep.

If you don’t currently have a bathroom mirror, or are planning to upgrade your bathroom with a new look, then you will know that it’s worth putting some thought into what type of mirror you want. It’s no longer a simple decision, with many sophisticated styles that all offer different functions and benefits. 

Here’s an overview of the main styles of bathroom mirror, and tips on how to install it safely. You definitely don’t want a heavy piece of glassware incorrectly fastened to the wall, but it is a job that most people can tackle themselves with the right tools and a bit of DIY know-how. 

Different types of bathroom mirror

Anti-fog mirrors

If you are frequently irritated by going to the bathroom to apply your makeup or shave, only to find that the mirror has been steamed up by the previous occupants' long hot shower, then you need to install a mirror with a defogger. This is a mirror with a built-in heated element that prevents that pesky condensation from forming. 

Everytime you want to use it, the mirror will be beautifully crystal clear, even if the rest of the bathroom resembles a Roman sauna room. This is a much more satisfactory solution than wiping down the mirror with a cloth, which invariably leaves smears and in any case it soon tends to steam up again. 

Shaving mirrors

Shaving mirrors have sockets that enable you to plug in electric razors, and also charge other small electricals such as toothbrushes. This gives you the convenience of always having your device to hand in the bathroom and fully charged, rather than lying forgotten in your bedroom with flat batteries.

Most shaving mirrors are also illuminated with LED lighting, which makes them useful for other detailed tasks such as applying makeup or putting contact lenses in. 

Retro mirrors

Contemporary bathroom mirrors tend to favour a sleek frameless style, but if you have a vintage style bathroom, or just want to add a chic retro twist to your decor, then you may want to consider installing a retro style mirror. These tend to be curved or irregular shapes, and may have ornate or colourful frames.

Tips for installing your mirror

When positioning your mirror, consider how well it will reflect light around the room. Could it benefit from a large mirror to help increase the sense of space, or even two or three mirrors? Also take into account factors such as the proximity of power outlets if you require these. 

Always wear protective gear when drilling or cutting materials, and make sure that the wall and the fixings you are using are capable of supporting the weight of the mirror. Use a pipework detector to make sure that there are no pipes or cables concealed in the wall where you are going to drill.

Mark up the wall with a pencil where you want the mirror to hang. Make sure that it’s a convenient height for everyone who will be using the bathroom, and that it is balanced with the other fixtures and fittings of the bathroom. If the mirror is large and heavy, ask someone to help you hold it in place, and to provide a second opinion on its position.

Ideally, use a spirit level to make sure the holes are exactly in line. Once you have marked up the wall, select the appropriate sized drill bit for the size of the fixing, and carefully drill the holes. If you are new to drilling, practice on some spare pieces of wood first of all. When the holes have been drilled, insert wall plugs to protect and strengthen the surrounding wall.

You are now ready to screw the mirror in place. Again, a large mirror will need two or more people for this job. Take care not to trap any wires behind the mirror if it has electrical features. Finally, secure the edges of the mirror with a silicone sealant. 

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