Made-To-Measure Bathroom Mirrors: What Types Are There?
A bathroom without a mirror? Unthinkable! But the must-haves in the bathroom are available in many different sizes and shapes. We give you an overview.
A World Without Bathroom Mirrors?
Probably nobody can imagine what it would be like if there were no mirror in the bathroom. We go to the sink and wash our hands: The view automatically goes up into the mirror above. Does the hairstyle fit? Has the make-up run out? Did I catch all my hair while shaving? The bathroom mirror answers these and other beauty and styling questions. A simple mirror is enough for most things, but a mirror with folding sides gives us a panoramic view of the head and upper body.
A mirror cabinet, on the other hand, becomes home to creams and powders, deodorant and shaving foam, make-up and plasters. The lighting on the mirror throws the right (or sometimes merciless) light on us, a heated mirror scores by not fogging up when we shower or dream in the bathtub. Let's take a closer look at the world of mirrors.
The Different Shapes Of Bath Mirror Possible
The bathroom mirror comes in many different versions. It can be rectangular or square, oval or round. The choice of shape is based not only on one's own preference but also on the rest of the bathroom furnishings, which the mirror must match. This also applies to the frame: Some bathroom mirrors are frameless, others have a thick frame with a large shelf at the bottom. A decorated gold frame is very special and only fits into a few modern bathrooms.
Decide for yourself whether the mirror should blend in harmoniously or serve as an eye-catcher in the bathroom. In addition, you should buy individual bathroom mirrors in best quality directly from the manufacturer, because only there you have the guarantee that the good piece will not become blind within shortest time or your picture is not clearly reproduced. Only very flat mirrors do not cause any distortion of the mirror image.
Functions and types of bathroom mirrors: lighting, socket outlets and storage options
A bathroom mirror is not simply a mirror. Rather, it is a small all-rounder that at best has a few more functions than just the reproduction of a mirror image. The following variants are conceivable:
A bathroom mirror is not just a mirror.
Bathroom Mirrors With Lighting
The bathroom mirror must be well lit if you want to see yourself clearly in it. In the best case, it is positioned so that daylight falls on the mirror from outside (from the side or from behind). A glare effect by the sun is to be avoided thereby absolutely! In addition, a bathroom mirror with lighting is a good investment. This will completely illuminate your face and eliminate any shadows. You can see whether your skin is as pure as it appears at first glance and can work much more precisely when applying make-up. Men also benefit from bathroom mirrors with lighting: if the beard is plucked in shape, sometimes a few hairs are decisive for a perfect picture. But you can only find them in a good light.
If the mirror does not have integrated lighting, it is also possible to install an additional luminaire. Special mirror lamps for this purpose are available from retailers. LEDs ensure that the lighting does not cost too much electricity and that the entire mirror area is still well illuminated.
Additional Highlight: Cosmetic Mirrors
Sometimes we can't look closely enough and even need a magnifying glass: this is made possible by the cosmetic mirror, which is attached in addition to the usual bath mirror. It can be screwed or glued on and usually has a swivelling arm. As a rule, the mirror itself can be turned or tilted so that it can be individually adjusted to the required position. The cosmetic mirror allows a more accurate and detailed picture of the face.
Most models are equipped with a triple magnification, some models enlarge even more. Then you can really see all the details, even the ones we prefer to hide. But rest assured: the mirror shows small details that your counterpart would never recognize!
Heatable Bathroom Mirrors
Fine heating wires are integrated into the mirror to heat the surface of the mirror. This prevents the water vapour generated during showering or bathing from settling on the mirror surface. You can look into the mirror directly after showering or bathing and do not have to rub it dry first, nor do you have to ventilate it for an eternity until the mirror gives you a clear view again.
Mirror With Socket
If a socket is integrated into the mirror (in the mirror cabinet), this has many advantages. On the one hand, the hairdryer can be connected there, on the other side is a charging station for the electric toothbrush. It is very helpful if there is another socket next to the mirror because in most cases one will not be enough.
Mirrors With Storage Options
In the mirror cabinet, there are many compartments or shelves on which you can put all your cosmetics and washing things. Sometimes there are further storage possibilities in the form of a small strip or a shelf on a normal mirror, which was not designed as a cupboard. These surfaces are not only used to store useful small items but also for decorative purposes.
Normal Mirror Or Mirrored Cabinet?
Would you like to refurbish the apartment or renovate the bathroom? Then the question arises whether a mirror cabinet or a normal mirror may move in with you.
The mirror cabinet has numerous advantages:
- additional storage space
- hinged doors for an all-round view
- mostly equipped with lighting and power socket
- serves as an eye-catcher in the bathroom
- available in different shapes
Whether you choose a normal mirror or a mirror cabinet is entirely up to you and the furnishing of your bathroom. If the bathroom is very small and angled, a large mirror cabinet can appear clunky. A frameless model, on the other hand, looks classy and also fits into smaller bathrooms. It is also important whether and how the mirror blends into the rest of the bathroom. It should be a cupboard in a similar design to the normal bathroom cupboard or come from the same design range. At least some details should be taken up here.
In a mere guest bathroom, a simple mirror with a flat surface is sufficient in most cases, a mirror cabinet is usually superfluous there. Experience has shown that families, in particular, opt for a mirror cabinet because they have a particularly high need for storage space. There are even models for large washbasins with two washbasins in which the mirror cabinet with its three doors extends across the entire width of the washbasin and measures approx. 1.50 m in size.
If a socket is integrated into the mirror (in the mirror cabinet), this has many advantages.
Who Invented The Mirror?
The history of mirror manufacturing goes back many thousands of years. It is based on people's desire to see themselves and so, after the initial discoveries of their own mirror image in a smooth water surface, there were soon polished stones to replace mirrors. In today's Turkey, polished obsidian plates were found during excavation work, which allows this conclusion. But the mirrors were not only popular for reasons of vanity, but they were also used for spiritual purposes. The ancient Egyptians added mirrors to their deceased wives as a burial gift.
The first real mirrors were created in the late Roman period, about 300 years after Christ. At that time, a layer of glass was backed with metal, which, by the way, is also the basis for mirror production today.
After the end of the Roman Empire, however, the production of colourless glass fell into oblivion and mirrors were no longer produced for a long time. It was not until the 11th century that Italian mirror manufacturers came up with the idea of producing the first capsule mirrors with a convex shape. They used convex metal balls, which they first polished and then covered with glass. In the 13th century, the small concave mirrors followed, in which an alloy of tin and lead was placed in fresh glass flasks. The flasks were then cut open.
Mirror production has been widespread in Germany since 1373 when the first glassmakers founded this guild in Nuremberg.
Little by little, the technology was refined further and further and there were always new mirror manufacturers in Germany and Italy. The exact recipes were always kept secret and so the different manufacturers continued their research independently of each other. It was not until the 19th century that the first flat mirrors were developed at the court of Louis XIV. They consisted of liquid glass rolled into plates on a bronze casting table. The Versailles Hall of Mirrors was also equipped in this way.
How Are Mirrors Made Today?
The silver mirror was only invented in the 19th century and became famous through Justus von Liebig, who published a recipe for mirror production in 1835. The "brilliant mirror" was created from a mixture of silver nitrate and aldehyde. When this mixture was heated, the silver was deposited on the glass of the vessel. These mirrors were known as amalgam mirrors but were banned in 1886 because of their poor health compatibility.
Today, however, mirror manufacturers use a vacuum and press aluminium foil onto a smooth glass pane or the glass pane can also be coated or sputtered with aluminium. Meanwhile, a distinction is made between simple glass mirrors and crystal mirrors. The latter must consist of at least ten per cent oxides.
How Does A Mirror Work?
The mirror consists of two layers, the thin layer of aluminium being the most important of both. It ensures that the light rays that hit it are reflected. The second layer is the thin layer of glass that protects the aluminium.
The mirror can only reflect if the aluminium layer has been pressed very firmly and smoothly. The light rays hit the mirror symmetrically and bounce off it. Other surfaces, on the other hand, always have small unevennesses, so they cannot reflect. Even a seemingly smooth plate cannot reflect, because the existing unevenness must be really very small: it must be less than 0.0001 mm!
Funny Detour: Detecting Spy Mirrors
We know such mirrors from supermarkets and know that behind the alleged mirror there is an office from which the area at the checkout can be seen. Who wants to test whether it is a normal or a spy mirror can use the following trick: Press the fingernail against the glass pane. A normal mirror would show a gap between your nail and your mirror image. This is not the case with a spy mirror, where one nail touches the other. However, when attempting to do this in the supermarket mentioned above, there may be strange glances from the employees behind the mirror glass.