Large wall mirrors: How to order custom wall mirrors for your gym or dance studio
Updated: Aug 3, 2021
Large wall mirrors are as much an integral feature of gyms and dance studios as dumbbells and barres.
But unfortunately you can't just nip down to your local high street to pick up a couple of standard sized wall mirrors - gym mirrors, dance studio mirrors and, indeed many spa or salon mirrors all need to be custom made to fit.
The ideal custom gym mirror
Large wall mirrors are important to gym design for both aesthetic and practical reasons.
Aesthetically speaking, large wall mirrors will make your workout space feel bigger, brighter and more airy.
From a practical point of view, custom gym mirrors are essential for making your workout space safer, as gym members need to be able to see who is around them while they exercise to avoid accidents. Stretching areas and free weight zones are key areas for large mirrors, helping members to monitor and improve their positioning and posture. These areas will also easier to keep clean if covered with large mirrors - it's far simpler to wipe a cloth over a mirror where members have left sweaty or grubby finger marks than it is to keep repainting a wall!
Similarly, in dance studios, large wall mirrors are an essential design element for helping dancers perfect their moves, while dance instructors will find it far easier to monitor their students' technique if they can see their reflections at all times.
Gym mirrors and dance studio mirrors tend to be custom made to entirely fill at least one whole wall and should always be safety-backed.
Safety-backed mirrors are essential for safety, as in the event that a mirror is smashed or cracked, the broken glass will remain in place, helping to prevent injuries.
Choose where to position your custom gym mirror
Choosing the best position for your gym or dance studio mirror depends on a number of factors.
Firstly, where is the light in the room coming from? If you have natural light coming in, positioning your wall mirrors opposite the source of light will bounce it back into the room, brighten up the whole space.
Secondly, think about where the key areas are that members will need to see themselves working out. This will usually be in more open areas, such as the weights or stretching zones - places where it is important for members to see their form, or to keep an eye on how close they are to others.
Measuring up for your gym mirror
If you're looking for a quote for your custom gym mirror, simply measure the width and height of the area you want your wall mirror to cover. This will be sufficient for a glass supplier to get a good idea of the size of the mirror glass and the hardware you'll need to mount it, and the associated costs.
However, when it comes to ordering custom gym mirrors, most reputable glass suppliers will be keen to come and measure up the space themselves. This will not only ensure accurate measurements for an exact fit, but will also enable the supplier to see how they will access the site and the maximum panel size that can be accommodated when it comes to installation.
For more advice on ordering gym or dance studio mirrors, or to get a quote, get in touch with our Durham sales team today.