When it comes to home decor, nothing is as simple or as overlooked as the bathroom. The way we see it, a house is only truly a home when it’s cozy and welcoming. That being said, there are ways in which you can spruce up your bathroom to feel even more like home. One of the easiest ways to add character and warmth is with a few well-placed mirrors. However, adding mirrors to your bathroom might be slightly more difficult than you think. You need to figure out where they go and how high to hang them so you don’t get confused later on. Read on to discover everything you need to know about hanging a mirror in your bathroom!
How High To Hang A Bathroom Mirror?
- When hanging a bathroom mirror, it is important to provide adequate space for the mirror to be hung. Make sure that the wall does not have studs or any potential for movement.
- Hanging a bathroom mirror on drywall is not recommended as it can result in damage to the plaster. Many times, it is possible to hang a bathroom mirror using an adhesive hook and loop tape. The tape can be applied between two studs and then it can be secured by applying the second piece of tape over the first piece of tape. Once this has been done, you can then hang your mirror using an additional piece of hook and loop or Velcro on either side of your desired location on the wall.
- There are some mirrors that are designed so that they do not need any support or hanging hardware at all. These mirrors typically require you to use one of two methods:
- a) If your bathroom has a glass door, there may be an attachment hole in front of the door with which you can attach your mirror onto the door frame by screwing it into place (this will allow you to remove your mirror easily if need be). If this is not available, there are other attachments available such as suction cups which will attach to other flat surfaces such as walls, doors, or windows and these suction cups will then hold up your glass (if this option is not available either, you may want to consider going with one of those decorative mirrors that are available which will require no hardware at all).
- b) If there is not a hole for you to screw your mirror onto, you may want to consider buying a mirror that has a built-in hook and loop attachment. This will give you the ability to place your mirror on the wall without having to worry about any hardware.
- It is important that when hanging your bathroom mirror, you take into consideration the weight of the glass and its size. When considering how high to hang your bathroom mirror, it is important that you take into consideration how heavy the glass is and how big it is (remember, bigger mirrors are heavier). In general, hanging a bathroom mirror too low can result in damage due to gravity pulling it down on top of itself or on its side. Hanging a bathroom mirror too high can also result in damage due to gravity pulling it down on top of itself or on its side.
- It is important that when hanging your bathroom mirror, you take into consideration any potential movement in the wall or ceiling above it such as ceiling fans or HVAC units (if this occurs, make sure that your wall has enough studs in order for this type of change in height). Also keep in mind if there are any windows above which could cause air currents moving around the room causing possible damage due to an imbalance between air pressure (if this occurs, make sure that there are adequate holes drilled into the window frame so as not to harm any glass inside).
- Keep in mind that some bathroom mirrors are not meant to be hung over the toilet. If you plan to hang your mirror over the toilet, you may want to consider it as a temporary solution until you can afford to replace the mirror (if this is the case, make sure that you use a mirror protector such as a sheet of clear acrylic sheeting or plexiglass).
- When hanging your bathroom mirror, make sure that it is supported by a stud or joist on either side.
- In order for your bathroom mirror to look its best, it’s important that you consider how it will be used and how often (remember, if you only use your bathroom mirror once every few weeks, then a larger-sized bathroom mirror may not be necessary). Also, keep in mind what type of lighting conditions are present in the room. If there are many windows with bright sunlight shining into the room, then consider using a dimmer switch so that during those times when there is more natural light present (such as the early morning or late evening), you can have more control over how much light enters into your bathroom.
- If possible and if time permits, try moving around your existing furniture and mirrors so as not to disturb any existing alignment of your flooring or countertops. This will give you time to decide if there are any adjustments needed for compatibility with new furniture and/or new mirrors.
- Also, keep in mind that some bathrooms do not have enough usable space for a large-sized mirror. If this is the case, you may want to consider a smaller-sized bathroom mirror (although if you are able to find a larger-sized bathroom mirror at a cheaper price, it may not be as necessary to consider one as large in size).
Which Way Does Your Mirror Face?
- If you have an existing mirror in your bathroom and you want to replace it with a new one, make sure you hang your new mirror the same way as your old one. If you do this, the light from your existing mirror will still be reflected off of it onto the walls behind it. This can cause a glare on those walls that could be distracting.
- Also, make sure you don’t hang your new mirror in such a way that its light is facing upward toward the ceiling. This can cause a reflection of the ceiling onto the walls behind it and could result in an unsightly glare or shadow on those walls.
- For best results when hanging a mirror, try to find something that is at least 1″ larger than what’s being replaced (so if you’re replacing an 8″ x 11″ mirror, try to find something that is 9″ x 12″). If possible, try to find something that is at least 1/2″ larger. This will give more space for the mounting bracket to fit into (and also give more room for adjustment).
- You may want to consider purchasing mirrors with slightly wider frames (such as 9″ instead of 8″). These will help eliminate any shadows or reflections on surrounding surfaces caused by excessive amounts of light hitting them from above or below.
- It may also be necessary for you to use one of those wall-mounted brackets with adjustable height so as not to block any windows or other lighting sources.
- If you’re going to hang your mirror on the wall, make sure your studs are dry! The wall studs will determine how far apart your brackets are going to need to be. If your studs are wet, this can cause them to crack or even break.
- You might also want to consider purchasing a mirror that comes with a backing that is removable. This allows you to paint the backing of the mirror if you choose (or just make it look a little more interesting).
- For most mirrors, it’s best if they’re hung horizontally (from top to bottom), which is why most people tend not to hang their mirrors vertically (from left to right). However, if you have an existing mirror that has been hanging vertically for years, hanging a new one horizontally may cause it not to fit properly in the space. So instead of hanging it horizontally, try hanging it at an angle so that its ceiling and floor lines fall exactly where they should.
A good mirror can really bring a room together and make it feel more like home. However, a poorly placed mirror can be a real eyesore and make your bathroom feel cramped and cluttered. When it comes to hanging a mirror, the most important thing is to make sure it’s level and that it’s facing the right way. Beyond that, there are lots of ways to hang a mirror, so you can truly be as creative as you want with it.