How High Should I Hang a Bathroom Mirror?

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Hanging a bathroom mirror is simpler than it may appear. The only difficult choice to make is determining how high the bathroom mirror should be. Rest assured that there is no predetermined height from which a mirror is required to hang. It all depends on the mirror as well as the people who will use it on a regular basis.

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The ideal height to hang a bathroom mirror is at eye level for most of the people who use it and about 5 to 10 inches above the bathroom sink.

Bathroom Mirror Height

The bathroom mirror is one of the focal points of the bathroom. It is used daily, therefore, it needs to be at a height that is functional for the main users, but the mirror height should also be aesthetically pleasing to the room. The main factors that will determine the height of the bathroom mirror are the heights of the people using it.

If you are installing the mirror for yourself, make sure to put the mirror at eye level so that you can see the entirety of your face and about a foot above your head. You do not want the mirror sitting so low that your reflection ends up with the top of your head barely showing in the mirror.

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Vanity Restrictions to Mirror Height

Most people install their bathroom mirror above their vanity so they can see themselves while they brush their teeth, apply their makeup or shave. The height of your mirror will also be determined by the height of your vanity. Ideally, the mirror should be mounted a few inches higher than the tallest point of your vanity faucet, or between 5 to 10 inches above the bathroom sink.

You also need to account for your bathroom light fixtures. If your bathroom has wall-mounted light fixtures above your vanity, you will want to make sure to have the mirror as centered as possible between the vanity and the light fixtures.

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Consider Mirror Shape and Size

One of the last factors that may influence how high you hang your bathroom mirror will be the size and the style of your mirror. When hanging a round mirror, the lowest part of the curve should be centered above the faucet. The same applies to an oval mirror. If you have chosen a square or rectangular mirror, the mirror must remain parallel to the vanity. Keep in mind that these mirrors still should be hung at eye level to make them as useful as possible.

If you have chosen a mirror that has a nonstandard shape, then the best rule of thumb is to go with a height that will work best for you. Placing it at eye level will make it the most functional, even though it may not be mounted according to the guidelines mentioned above.

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Exceptions to Mirror-Hanging Rules

Some may choose to hang a bathroom mirror in areas other than above the vanity, and this is an acceptable option as well. The guidelines are even simpler, as the mirror needs to simply be at eye level, usually 4 to 7 feet above the ground, so that it can accommodate most users. Mirrors tend to give rooms a more open feel, so incorporating mirrors as décor can definitely have an advantage.

All the tips mentioned above are not rules for hanging bathroom mirrors, as there are no rules. As long as the mirror is at a functional height and does not interfere with other bathroom essentials, such as light fixtures or vanities, then the mirror can be mounted at any height you deem appropriate. These tips are merely guidelines to help make the decision process a little smoother and easier.

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