Top Tips When Buying a Mirror

Ashley Christensen
November 7, 2022

When shopping for a mirror there is a lot to take into consideration, such as shape, size, and material. While it might seem unnecessary, the work is worth doing and will be rewarded when you see the finished result hanging up in your home. Mirrors do more than reflect light and allow you to see your reflection, they also create the illusion that your space is bigger than it actually is. If you’re looking to purchase a new mirror, here are some tips to help you find the best mirror for you and your space. 


Mirror Types

There are different types of mirrors that serve different purposes–wall mirrors, freestanding mirrors, hand mirrors, dressing mirrors, etc. Depending on the purpose/space in which you are trying to put a mirror will help in determining the type of mirror that you’ll need. 

  • Wall Mirrors: Wall mirrors are intended to be hung up on the wall, they are available in a variety of shapes and sizes in order to accommodate every room and purpose in which you need or want a wall mirror. 
  • Full-Length/ Dressing Mirror: These mirrors are long and narrow and are intended to give you a full-length reflection. Full-length/dressing mirrors can either be hung up on the wall or can be left freestanding. 
  • Leaner/Freestanding Mirrors: These mirrors don’t need to be mounted on the wall, and generally can’t or shouldn’t be mounted due to their size. These mirrors can be large or long and narrow, can have a frame, or just be a free mirror. 


Wall vs Floor Mirror

When deciding between a wall-hanging mirror or a freestanding floor mirror, there are a few things to consider. If you know for a fact that you are installing a mirror in your bathroom above the vanity, then you’ll know right away that it is a wall mirror. But, what if you have the option of having either a wall mirror or a floor mirror? First, you’ll need to consider how much space you have for your mirror. Floor mirrors will take up more space, which means they will look better in a bigger room, whereas wall mirrors work really well in any sized or shaped room. 


What Size Mirror to Get? 

Once you have decided what type of mirror to get, now you need to decide what size mirror you need to fill your space. A good rule of thumb to follow is to choose a mirror that is around two-thirds the size of the furniture it’s hanging above. But, you can always go bigger or smaller depending on your preference, available space, and personal preference. The good thing about mirrors is that you can order a custom-sized mirror that will fit any size or space that you need it to fill. 


As you can see, there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to deciding on the right size, shape, and type of mirror for your space. When you order a custom-cut mirror from Gordon’s Glass, you will be getting a high-quality mirror that will help to enhance any space you decide to hang or place it for years to come. Contact Gordon’s Glass today to get a quote on your custom mirror and enhance your space! 

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