Step 1. Assess the wall
Step 2. Prepare the mirror
Step 3. Make your mark
Step 4. Drill the holes
Step 5. Fitting the mirror

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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 get someone to install it before you can happily preen away.

Alaska Illuminated Mirror Cabinet
Alaska Illuminated Mirror Cabinet
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Or do you? You see fitting a bathroom wall 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.

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Brooklyn Grey Mirror Cabinet
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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.

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Downton Abbey Mirror Cabinet
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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.

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York White Mirror Cabinet
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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).

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Turin 3-Door Mirror Cabinet
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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!

Rob, Victorian Plumbing