Purchasing a bathroom mirror is anything but simple. While a standard bathroom mirror ranges in height between 28 and 38 inches, DIY remodelers forget to consider placement, shape, storage and lighting needs, and other factors.
The result? You could be stuck with a bathroom with mismatched decor, or if you’ve opted for multiple small mirrors, you could have weird optical illusions or disjointed, incomplete reflections of yourself.
Even worse is when you hang the mirror in a place that reflects the toilet.
Unsure of how to find the perfect bathroom mirror for you?
I’ve put together a thorough guide with pointers on identifying the right mirror for your bathroom, the best location for it, and how to hang it.
How Do I Choose The Right Size Mirror?
It is easy to fall in love with a fancy mirror and want to bring it home. Before you do, define what you want your mirror to do (aside from the obvious!) Will you be using it above a vanity? Perhaps you need a longer mirror to check your outfit. Could your mirror have a secondary function, like, say, enhancing the natural light in your bathroom or adding flair?
Your mirror’s functionality will define its size. For example, every home needs a long mirror so that people can check their outfits before stepping out. Since a half-length mirror doesn’t serve your purpose (you can’t see past your knees), you need a full-length mirror.
Mirror size also depends on where they’re to be placed. For instance, a countertop mirror would be much smaller than a hallway mirror.
Similarly, an over-the-door mirror’s size will vary between 48 and 60 inches, while a freestanding full-length mirror’s size can go up to 68 inches.
You also need to consider space. An irregular-shaped mirror will take up less space in comparison to a rectangular-shaped mirror with the same dimensions. Since a small irregular mirror will be more decorative than functional, you’ll need a bigger size.
If you were to buy a larger, irregular mirror, would you be able to fit it above the countertop?
More importantly, will you still have space for over-the-mirror lighting? Can it help solve your bathroom storage needs?
If you’re opting for a standard-shaped bathroom mirror, then here’s the golden rule you must follow: your mirror’s size should be around two inches shorter than the countertop’s width.
The standard size for a single sink usually ranges between 24 and 48 inches, while for a double sink, the range is around 60 and 70 inches.
So, as a general rule, if your countertop is about 24 inches wide, the mirror should always be a few inches shorter—anywhere from 20 inches to 22 inches should be ideal.
What Is The Standard Height Of A Bathroom Vanity Mirror?
Bathroom vanity mirrors vary in shape—you could opt for the typical square, rectangular or oval mirrors, or you could go with an irregular shape.
While a typical bathroom vanity mirror is between 28 and 38 inches, an irregular-shaped mirror has no standard size.
When unsure about appropriate mirror height, consider factors such as function, personal preference, eye level, and ceiling height.
Where Should A Mirror Be Placed In A Bathroom?
Functionality is the main deciding criteria when determining the placement of a bathroom mirror.
Mirrors used for shaving, make-up application, hair styling, etc., should be placed above a countertop or sink. Mirrors used for checking outfits should be placed against a full-length wall or behind the door.
If you’re hoping to enhance the natural light in your bathroom, consider hanging the mirror on a north or east wall.
If you have a double vanity, go for two mirrors, one above each sink. If you want to create an illusion of a larger space, you can place multiple mirrors all around the bathroom.
If you feel your bathroom is compact and may not accommodate a mirror above the vanity, you can always hang a floating mirror or a full–sized mirror fixed right into the bathroom’s door.
Another crucial factor that determines mirror placement is reflection. Will you be positioning the mirror such that it is reflecting the toilet? If so, you might want to reposition your mirror to reflect something worth looking at—a painting on an adjacent wall, perhaps.
Pro tip: Make sure to always place your mirror in an area that you can light up. This will help you make the most of your mirror without compromising on aesthetics.
How High Should A Bathroom Mirror Be?
If you’re going to mount the mirror over the bathroom countertop, ensure it is at least 5 inches to 10 inches above the sink and 2 to 3 inches above the highest point of the sink faucet.
What Height Should Bathroom Mirrors Be Hung?
As a general rule, mirrors should be hung such that the center of the glass meets your eye level. In doing so, you’ll ensure that no part of your reflection is trimmed. If you live with family, consider their average height and then hang the mirror based on that number.
Another way to calculate the ideal height at which to hang a bathroom mirror is to consider the placement of fixtures and fittings.
For example, if your vanity is 36 inches in height and you leave 5-10 inches above that as recommended, your mirror’s base will be between 41 and 46 inches above the floor level.
Another factor to consider is the height of the above-mirror lighting fixture. These are typically 80 inches above floor level.
If you have a rather large bathroom mirror, ensure it is placed squarely between the vanity and the light fixture.
Can A Bathroom Mirror Be Bigger Than A Vanity?
Yes, you can place a bathroom mirror that is bigger than the size of the vanity, but it is generally advised to refrain from doing so for several reasons.
- An extra-large mirror will make your vanity appear smaller
- You will not have space to position the mirror above the backsplash
- Your entire bathroom will look disproportionate
- You will not have space for accessories that you would typically place at your bathroom sink
- Larger mirrors mean less space for light fixtures and storage cupboards
If you want your bathroom to appear larger and seem more balanced, always choose a mirror that is at least a few inches shorter than the size of the bathroom’s vanity.
Should I Hang A Mirror Horizontally Or Vertically?
If you have a high ceiling, you’ll benefit from a vertically hung mirror, whereas if your room is narrow, then a horizontally hung mirror will do wonders for giving the appearance of more space.
A vertically hung mirror can also give a nice spin to any bathroom—from contemporary bathrooms to traditional, old-fashioned ones, a vertical mirror can find a spot everywhere.
Although mirrors are an essential component of every bathroom, not many people stop to consider placement, height, design, and other features. Use interior designing rules to guide your bathroom mirror placement, thereby creating an uplifting and energized space.
also, don’t forget to seal your bathroom mirror after you find the best place.