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How to Correctly Hang a Bathroom Wall Mirror
9th Feb 2024
4 mins readDIY & Technical
Every bathroom needs to have a mirror, but it's important that it's installed correctly. Discover just how easy it is to do yourself!
As we know all too well, having a bathroom mirror is an absolute necessity; after all how else are you going to apply your make-up or sort out those annoying cowlicks in the morning? But the mirror doesn’t just magically appear there all by itself; you need to hire someone to hang the mirror for you, or learn how to hang a bathroom mirror yourself.
How to Hang a Bathroom Wall Mirror
You see hanging a bathroom mirror correctly isn’t all that difficult a job to tackle yourself, even if you have a fancy LED lit mirror or one with a de-mister pad. In this Victorian Plumbing article we'll guide you through the steps you need to take to ensure your mirror is secure and looking good.
Step 1. Assess the wall
The first thing you need to do is decide exactly where you’re going to mount your mirror. Most people tend to feature theirs above the basin as it’s a convenient place to put it. Once you’ve made your decision, check the wall is suitable enough to support the mirror and ensure that there are no pipes concealed behind the wall. If you’re unsure if there may be pipework lurking out of sight, invest in a pipe finder for peace of mind.
Step 2. Prepare the mirror
Remove your mirror from its packaging and have a quick check at this point to make sure that there are no cracks present. If you’ve gone for a de-mister pad bathroom mirror it’s a good idea to disconnect it before progressing.
Step 3. Make your mark
Now you need to offer the mirror up to the wall and make sure that it is in a sensible place. Be aware of the different splash zones here if fitting an illuminated bathroom mirror or one with a de-mister function as these particular mirrors may need to be placed higher up the wall if they are being fitted above your basin
Use a spirit level to check that everything is straight and then take a pencil and mark out the holes which will be drilled. Place the mirror somewhere safe before you begin drilling.
Tip: It’s a good idea to have someone else to help you hold the mirror when offering it to the wall in order to avoid any mishaps. This is especially important if you’re installing a large mirror (also note that larger mirrors may require a different installation method such as brackets).
Step 4. Drill the holes
Before proceeding to actually drill any holes there are a few things which you need to do beforehand to avoid any disasters. The first is to select the right drill bit for the type of wall you’re using. Besides this you should also use some masking tape to mark how far up the drill bit a wall plug will go. This will allow you to drill to the correct depth. Finally if you’re drilling directly into tiles, place two pieces of masking tape over each hole in a cross shape as this will reduce the risk of the drill skidding.
With all these precautions taken, carefully drill the holes needed. Insert the wall plugs into the holes and proceed to step five.
Step 5. Fitting the mirror
You should now be able to reconnect your de-mister pad or any other electrical components if you have them (always refer to the product manual regarding any electric elements).
Make sure any wiring is safe and isn’t obstructed in any way before carefully screwing the mirror onto the wall. Getting someone to hold the mirror in position at this stage is vital. Apply a bead of silicone sealant on each side of the mirror frame where it meets the wall for a secure installation. To finish, peel off any protective film, stand back and admire your gorgeous new mirror…or yourself depending on how vain you are!
Choosing Your Bathroom Mirror
It's important that you choose a mirror for your bathroom that is suitable for your needs and lifestyle. From illuminated mirrors to mirrored cabinets, thee are so many different styles to choose from, and each style offers different benefits for your bathroom routine.
Standard mirrors are basic option that are great for bathrooms with natural light and blank walls. Adding an unique mirror like the Gatsby Matt Black & Brushed Brass Arched Mirror with Shelf is a great way to add some class and glam to your bathroom without being too in your face or overpowering.
Illuminated mirrors have become increasingly popular over the years and it's not hard to see why! Opting for this style of mirror is a great way to incorporate both task and ambience lighting into your bathroom. The Arezzo Chrome Round LED Illuminated Bathroom Mirror is a great choice if you are looking for a sophisticated illuminated mirror for your bathroom.
Mirrored cabinets are great if your bathroom is lacking in storage space. By adding a mirrored cabinet like the Toreno 2-Door Mirror Cabinet, you will be able to neatly store all of your bathroom products in a convenient and easy to access place.
Fog Free Mirrors
Fog free mirrors make a great addition to bathrooms. With a demister function, you will be able to use your mirror after a bath or shower without having to wipe or clean your mirror so that you can see your reflection. With the Montreal LED Mirror incl. Anti-Fog Demist you get the best of both worlds! With a convenient lighting function to to get the best reflection in your mirror.
Mirrors With Shaver Sockets
The bathroom is not the best place for electrical wires and sockets. Opting for a mirror with a shaving socket makes charging razors and toothbrushes much more convenient. The Toreno Illuminated Mirror incl. Shaving Socket allows you to charge your essential electricals in an easy to access place in your bathroom.