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Remodeling  /  November 16, 2021

Etobicoke Bathroom Remodelling: Choosing the Right Mirror

choosing the right mirror

Congratulations! You are ready to create the bathroom of your dreams. You have picked out the flooring, fixtures, faucets, showerheads, towel racks and cabinets — all that is missing is a mirror. The friendly professionals at Handyman Connection can help you make the best choice as part of our remodelling services in Etobicoke.
There are three basic types of bathroom mirrors:

  • Plate
  • Pivot
  • Framed

The one you will choose depends on a number of factors, including the layout of your bathroom, space and personal preference. In this post, we’ll examine the functions, advantages and disadvantages of each.

Plate Mirror

Nearly all plate mirrors are square or rectangular and attached to flat surfaces. There is no frame; the glass is fixed directly to the wall with the combination of a special adhesive and a support bracket. If you prefer something more stylish, plate mirrors with bevelled edges are available.

Plate mirrors are the most economical choice for those on a limited remodelling budget. Not only are they relatively inexpensive compared to other types, but they are also the easiest to install. Plate mirrors also offer flexibility: They can be installed almost anywhere there’s room on the wall — and even the front of a cabinet door.

Plate mirrors can be a bit dull. If you’re looking for style, you may prefer a framed mirror.

Pivot Mirror

The pivot, or tilting, mirror is mounted on a hanging rod fastened to the wall (similar to a towel bar). This enables a user to adjust the mirror’s angle, which is an important consideration for shorter family members.

In addition to adjustability, pivot mirrors create a sense of depth in smaller bathrooms, opening up what can otherwise seem like a confined space. Pivot mirrors come in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes, including framed, unframed, round and oval, so depending on your budget and personal taste, you have several options.

The only real downside of a pivot mirror is that it can make a bathroom look cluttered and busy if there are many colours, shelves or cabinets. They are best for areas leaning more toward minimalistic decor.

Framed Mirror

Framed mirrors are the most popular choice for most people. There are hundreds of styles to choose from in a range of shapes and sizes. If money is no object, you can even have a framed mirror custom-made. In addition to traditional wood, frame materials include metal and plastic. Metal frames can be made to look like bronze, silver and even gold. Mirror frames can be as simple or elaborate as you like.

The sheer variety of styles practically ensures that you’ll find just the right framed mirror to fit your bathroom decor. A framed mirror can range in price from $40 to over $1,000, so there is something available for every remodelling budget. If the mirror is not a full-length standing one, it can be added to a vanity to save you space. It can also be hung or fixed to almost any wall or flat surface.

Low-end mirrors framed with plastic may not be durable. If a framed mirror is part of a cabinet, chances are it will have to be recessed into the wall. You must also consider how well the mirror frame matches or compliments the moulding you’ve chosen.

We don’t recommend ordering a framed mirror online. The reason is that the image you see on a website may not match what you receive. Handyman Connection can refer you to a number of brick-and-mortar retailers, where you can actually see what you’re getting in person before you make your purchase. Feel free to contact us for help finding and installing your new bathroom mirrors.

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