Every bathroom needs a mirror, and it’s typically best to go as large as you can. However, a mirror which is either poorly proportioned for the space in question will make a room seem hastily decorated, so follow this quick guide to make sure that you find the right size.
Start by measuring the vanity above which you will install the mirror. It usually looks awkward for the mirror to be larger than the vanity beneath it, while matching up the sides of each as closely as possible will give a clean, professional appearance.
You can also prevent the final result from appearing too boxy by keeping four inches of space between the bottom of the mirror and the edge of the vanity, though six inches is often preferable since you’ll avoid water stains. In fact if you are using tiles on the wall you may decide to use a row of tiles as a splashback beneath the mirror.
At the same time, you’ll need to take the height of the ceiling into account. Measure from the top of the vanity up to the ceiling – or to the level of any lighting which isn’t recessed. It’s usually better to leave a few inches between the edge of the ceiling and the top of the mirror or a row of tiles. During all measurements, remember to take the thickness of the frame into account, unless you’re going frameless, of course.
Mirrors are also a great way to bring light into your bathroom, especially if it will be placed adjacent to the room’s window. If this is the case, try to make the mirror big enough to reflect all of the light coming in through that window.
Now that you have a rough idea of what size you’d like your mirror to be, you can cut some pieces of paper to those potential sizes to get an idea of how it will look. Just tape them to the wall to make sure that your sizing works and your measurements are accurate. Above all, remember to check that the mirror will function properly. Stand as you would while putting on make-up or shaving, and then make sure that you’d be able to see your whole face in the mirror.
You’re now ready to pick up your perfect bathroom mirror. With plenty of pre-cut sizes available, you’ll easily be able to find the right one to fit your home.