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Tips on Choosing a Mirror for Your Bathroom Vanity

May 3, 2019

There are certain home upgrade purchases that tend to go hand-in-hand, and one great example here is the bathroom vanity and the bathroom mirror. Almost always linked and placed together, bathroom vanities and mirrors go together like spaghetti and meatballs, as some would say.

At Swirl Woodcraft, we’re proud to offer a huge variety of traditional, rustic and modern bathroom vanities for you to choose from. We’re also happy to help you choose the perfect complementary mirror for your new vanity no matter what your needs and desires are for the bathroom space – let’s go over some of the important factors in determining exactly which mirror you need, including a few unique styles you may desire.

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Countertop Width

The primary factor that will play a role in the mirror you select? The width of your bathroom countertop. The mirror will almost always be placed on this countertop, and therefore it’s the measurement you should use to define the mirror size.

Generally speaking, you want to go for a mirror that’s a couple inches shorter than the overall countertop, often placed flush with the vanity itself. Based on this broad assumption, here are some of the popular bathroom vanity sizes and the mirror size ranges you should consider along with them:

  • 24-inch vanity: 22-23-inch mirror
  • 30-inch vanity: 28-29-inch mirror
  • 36-inch vanity: 34-35-inch mirror
  • 48-inch vanity: 46-47-inch mirror
  • 60-inch vanity: 58-59-inch mirror
  • 72-inch vanity: 70-71-inch mirror

The above assumptions are made for a single mirror, though there are other options as well (more on this below).

Mirror Height

Mirror height is also an important factor to consider, especially if anyone using the bathroom space is particularly tall or short. The mirror needs to be tall enough that no one’s head will be cut off, while countertops and vanities need to be free of blockages if there are any shorter people utilizing the space. If height is an issue for a mirror you already own, you can consider placing the mirror a bit higher on the vanity.

Wide Mirrors

In some cases, buyers may prefer a mirror that’s wider than the countertop or vanity it’s set on. This is less common due to the awkward way this can look if it’s not done well, but it’s easily possible to purchase a mirror a couple inches wider than your countertop.

Double Mirrors

Others may prefer a double mirror look, a very popular modern arrangement that’s mostly used for double-sink vanities. Double mirrors for single sinks may look awkward, though some may have the creative juices to arrange it well.

For more on the factors you should be considering while selecting a mirror for your new bathroom vanity, or to learn about any of our kitchen cabinets or other custom woodworking products, speak to the staff at Swirl Woodcraft today.