Showers & Bathrooms


How To Fit A Bathroom Mirror

A well-positioned mirror is an essential accessory in any bathroom, both in terms of grooming and for reflecting light into the room to help create a feeling a space.  There are various different designs of bathroom mirrors that can be incorporated into your bathroom’s layout, such as vanity mirrors, heated mirrors, those that can be glued or hung on the wall, or mirrored tiles.

If your mirror comes with pre-drilled holes, you should use mirror screws to attach it to the wall.  These are special types of screws that allow you to fix attractive caps over them, to achieve a tidy finish.  Caps can be flat or rounded, and can either by clipped into place or screwed on, depending on the design you choose.  Mirror screws vary in design.  Some come with rubber grommets to go in the hole to prevent the screws damaging or cracking the mirror when they are tightened.

To stick a mirror to the wall, you’ll need to use a strong bonding adhesive and use a batten to support the mirror while it dries.  Cut out a batten to the same width as your mirror, position it level on the wall in the spot where the bottom of your mirror will go, and fix it to the wall.  Using a sealant gun, apply adhesive to the back of the mirror and move it into its position on the wall, with the bottom edge on top of your batten.  Once you’ve given the adhesive enough time to dry, you can remove the batten and fill in the holes with filler before decorating.

Mirror tiles are another option to consider in the bathroom.  With a pencil, mark a line on the wall where the bottom edge of the tiles will go.  Use a spirit level for this.  Then mark a vertical line to help make sure the first column of tiles is level.  Stick self-adhesive pads to the corners of your tiles, then stick them to the wall, using your pencil lines to guide you.

If you decide to opt for a heated bathroom mirror, the installation is more complicated.  Use a spirit level to mark the positions for the bottom two clips, making sure the distance between them corresponds to the insertion points on the back of the mirror.  Fix the clips in place.  Then, again using a spirit level and a tape measure, mark the positions for the top two clips and screw these into place.  So that they can slide up and down, the top clips will have an oval-shaped hole, whereas the lower ones will have round holes for the screw fixings.  Once your electrician has done the necessary electrical work, fit the bottom edge of your mirror into the lower clips and push it back flat to the wall, then slide the upper clips into the insertion points on the back of the mirror.