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Common Types of Mirrors for Your Home

Mirrors are not just about viewing your reflection to check your hair. Different types of mirrors bring unique characteristics to your home. We’ve all heard the various myths about mirrors. The most infamous one is breaking a mirror is worth 13 years of bad luck. The truth is, mirrors add charm to a home and can be a signature feature. They also add depth to narrow walkways and make smaller rooms appear bigger. There are different mirror glass types. They include Concave, convex, and plane mirrors. Each one creates a different illusion and light effects.

Are you considering the different types of mirrors for your home? Keeping reading for common mirror types for the home.

Different Types of Mirrors

When we think about mirrors the thought rarely goes beyond a large rectangular mirror glass hanging on a wall. Home decor includes mirrors of various shapes and designs for any room.

You do not have to be an interior decorator to create an alluring room. Adding a mirror can be a subtle or vibrant touch.

1. Bathroom Mirror

Have you ever been in a bathroom that did not have a mirror? Even the restroom at a gas station has one. Bathroom mirrors can span the length of a counter in a full-size bath, or a smaller oval shape for a powder room.

Lighting placed above a mirror can make all the difference. Fluorescent or LED lights give the reflection in the mirror the best output.

2. Decorative Mirror

Decorative mirrors are used in interior design. They are often framed using different types of woods and metals. These mirrors can be custom made to fit any decor.

When considering decorative mirror types as the centerpiece of your room there are many variables to consider. The size of the room, the height of the ceilings and the rooms color scheme will all play a part.

Custom mirrors will also save you the annoyance of seeing your mirror in every other home you visit.

3. Floor Mirror

A floor mirror is most often found in the bedroom of someone who is serious about fashion. These floor-length mirrors allow a person to get a full view of themselves from head to toe. People also love them when it comes time for the perfect selfie.

The mirrors come with the ability to adjust it to different angles. You can also get them in amazing frames to match for decor. It is trendy to simply lean the mirror against the wall.

The best part, floor mirrors come in different heights and widths. They also make a perfect prop for the corner of your bedroom.

4. Mirrored Tabletops

Mirrored tabletops aren’t the best design feature for a family with small kids. In the right setting, it adds a touch of elegance to any room.

The mirror is cut to the shape of the table or other furniture top. No piece of furniture is too large or too small for this design. You can set lightweight items atop the glass to complete your design.

5. Wall Mirrors

In our last suggestion, we have wall mirrors. Wall mirrors can add depth and width to any room. The entire wall can be covered with mirrored glass. Or you can create a layout that encompasses mirrored columns.

In more contemporary homes wall mirrors can have beveled edges or come with designs etched into the glass.

For those lucky enough to have a home gym, give your space the feel of a real fitness center. Install mirrors that cover an entire wall from floor to ceiling. Mirrors can also be installed on the ceiling itself.

What’s Your Favorite?

Now that you have a clear idea of the various types of mirrors, are you ready to add your favorites to your home?

Cut Rate Glass is here to make your design ideas a reality. Click here to contact us for an estimate.

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5 Essential Tips to Consider When Buying Wall Mirrors for Your Home Gym

What if a little self-reflection was the real key to making gains?

No, we’re not talking about quietly meditating over your place in the universe. In order to make the most out of each workout, you need to check your reflection in some home gym mirrors.

However, not every mirror works well for your fitness journey. How can you pick the best mirrors for your home workout needs? Keep reading to discover our comprehensive guide!

Why Use Home Gym Mirrors?

We’ve put together a solid guide for factors you should consider when buying mirrors for home gyms. First, though, we need to answer the obvious question: Why does your home gym actually need a mirror?

The most basic reason is that a mirror helps you check your form. If you are using an incorrect form when working out, you may not get the results you were hoping for. Worst case, you may get seriously injured!

This also applies to anyone you are working out with. If your partner, child, or friend is working out in your home gym, a large mirror can help you check that their form is correct.

And, of course, mirrors are one of the best ways to motivate yourself each day. When you can see your fitness progress from day to day and week to week, it provides a powerful motivation to work out that much harder!

Now that you know a bit more about why you need wall mirrors for home gyms, let’s explore some of the factors you should consider before making your purchase.

Size Matters

People like to joke about whether “size matters” or not. But when it comes to mirrors for your home gym, bigger really is better!

Think about some of the smaller mirrors in your home. Isn’t it frustrating when you have to bend down or otherwise adjust your body just to see your reflection?

That won’t do for your home workouts. Because your fitness routine affects your entire body, you need large gym mirrors that let you see your entire body.

That is why good home gym mirrors are sometimes referred to as “wall mirrors.” When you have that much reflective space, you can check the progress of your entire fitness routine with a single glance!

Aesthetic Appeal

Some people don’t really consider the aesthetic appeal of their home gym. While this may not be a consideration if you are simply working out in the garage, it’s a major consideration when you have converted one of your interior rooms into a gym.

At that point, you should consider how a large mirror affects the overall look of the room. For example, putting a wall mirror on two sides of the room may feel like overkill at first. But doing so can really make the whole room look much larger than it is!

Aesthetic consideration is another reason you may want to skip those cheap vanity mirrors that you can find in department stores. They may save you a few bucks, but things like a gaudy mirror frames may end up making the whole room look cheap and ugly.

Consider the Lighting

You know how some mirrors just seem naturally better for selfies than others? That has nothing to do with the glass and everything to do with the lighting in the room.

For fitness purposes, you need to get a light amount that is “just right.” For example, if there is too little light in the room, you won’t really be able to get a good look at your body. But if the mirror is reflecting any direct light, the same thing happens: you can’t get a good look at your reflection.

If possible, you may want to set up a wall mirror in a room with lots of natural lighting. That natural light will make your body look great, and that light reflecting off of the mirror will make areas like darkened corners seem that much less gloomy.

Balance Your Budget

Earlier, we mentioned that you shouldn’t settle for cheap, department store vanity mirrors. However, you don’t have to break the bank to get great wall mirrors for home gyms.

To begin, you should seek out the best glass specialists in your area. These are the vendors that will offer the selection and variety that you deserve.

With a variety of mirrors comes a variety of prices. You’ll be able to find the perfect mirror for any budget. Just think: you can take those savings and invest in additional home gym equipment!

Safety vs. Accuracy

One rookie mistake that many people make is not considering the best material for home gym mirrors. That’s right: glass isn’t your only option!

Acrylic, for example, is a safer material. You don’t really have to worry about acrylic glass shattering and injuring you. At the same time, acrylic doesn’t offer the best reflection (more on this in a minute).

Glass offers the best possible reflection, but there is always the potential that it may break. To maximize both safety and accuracy, you should invest in tempered-glass mirrors because they are far less likely to break.

Thicker Is Better

You know that a bigger mirror is a better mirror. But did you know that thicker mirrors are better as well?

Thicker mirrors are going to be more stable and less prone to breaking. On top of that, thicker mirrors are less likely to flex.

Flexing often happens with thin, acrylic mirrors. When that happens, you get a reflection that is frustratingly blurry. That kind of defeats the purpose of having home mirrors in your gym!

For your home gym mirrors, try to get glass with a thickness between 3 and 3.5 millimeters.

Your Fitness Journey: The Next Steps

Now you know what to consider when buying home gym mirrors. But do you know who can help you find the mirrors you need?

We specialize in all things glass, including custom wall mirrors. To see what we can do for you and your home gym, come request a quote today!

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Mirrorland

Because we know that many of our customers experience the standard 13 years of bad luck per broken mirror, we try to make the process of mirror replacement as simple as possible. Below are some of the mirror services we provide to those unlucky customers.

  • If your mirror is stained, old, has a crack, chip, or has any other problem, we can provide a new mirror for a small price. If you want to pick up a mirror, bring the pattern or measurements into our shop Monday- Friday before 10:00 A.M. and we can usually cut you another piece while you wait. Call before you come in, to confirm the availability of our technicians.
  • When remodeling a bathroom, mirrors are a must. The most common and practical application of bathroom mirrors is the covering of the wall behind the sink, which is the length of the counter and the height of your choice, usually about 5 feet or more. We love installing custom mirrors and always provide FREE in-home consultations.
  • Mirrored walls are another specialty service in which free quotes are provided. Do you have a home gym, yoga studio, dance studio, or do you simply want to expand the visual size of a living room, dining room or bedroom? Mirrored walls are elegant and modern. They can turn an average size room into a bigger space with more light reflection.

At Cut Rate Glass, we believe there is no such thing as too many mirrors. The more, the better. Some of our customers will disagree with that notion.

Contact us  for a rough estimate over the phone and have the measurements ready.