Bathroom Mirrors

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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The era of chrome-edged bathroom mirrors and medicine cabinets set into the wall waned after the 1950s. But bathroom mirrors nowadays come in many styles. They may hearken to the 1890s with a bevel and heavy mahogany frame. They may lie flat against the wall, pinned by gleaming stainless steel pegs, reminiscent of London in the 1920s.

Whatever the decor, different functions for mirrors mean different forms. You might want the mirror to hang on the wall, sit on the vanity or extend from the shower wall. You might want a freestanding model, if floor space is ample. Nonfogging mirrors are ideal for the shower. Magnifying swivel mirrors on a shelf or on a wall scissors mount are ideal for applying make up, or cutting your own hair. Counter mirrors are adaptable for many uses.

Hanging Bathroom Mirrors

Bathroom mirrors get a lot of use. Wall-mounted models in particular get a lot of wear and tear. The last thing you want is for a mirror to fall off the wall--or even more annoying, half fall off the wall--while you're in the middle of shaving or cutting your hair or applying make-up.

Depending on the surface you're hanging a mirror on, you will want to use different fasteners. Never assume anything about a wall surface. Drywall screws work very well on wallboard, plaster, concrete and brick. I use them frequently. Fastening to tile means predrilling with an appropriate bit. If you're adding an electric nonfogging mirror, you'll probably want an electrician or handyman to install it for you.

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