September 15, 2021 5 min read

Mirrors are the unsung heroes that we take for granted in our homes despite using them every day. Still, we shy away from using their full potential when transforming our spaces and homes. 

Pamela Heyne put it best when she said: 

“Don’t be intimidated. Play around with mirrors - don’t be shy. Make mirrors work for you.”
- Pamela Heyne, Author of Mirror By Design 

The mirror-dresser combination remains an essential addition to bedrooms as a tabletop mirror

  • Filter light into a room, adding brightness
  • Make the space more appealing
  • Help us get dressed with ease

Though often seen as one unit, a dresser mirror often needs to be attached to the back of the dressing table.

Table of Contents

Step 1 - Gather the Supplies You Need
Step 2 - Take Measurements
Step 3 - Install Dressing Table Mirrors Using Any of These 2 Methods

Pros and Cons of Mounting Brackets and Adhesive
Maintenance Tips After Installing Dressing Mirrors
Frequently Asked Questions

A dressing table with colours of pink
Scarlett Large Hollywood Mirror

Step 1 - Gather the Supplies You Need

Dressing table mirrors are simple to install, you only need the right tools and a few minutes of your time.

  1. Unpack and spread out the contentsof the mirror package you received. Each package comes with a user manual that contains the list and names of pieces. Identify all the pieces and take note of where you put them.

    It’ll be easier during assembly if you know where everything is. 

  2. Assemble your tools. You’ll need a:
    • Power drill
    • A suitable screwdriver that matches the screw heads. 
    • Mastic (adhesive)
    • Long screws to fasten brackets to the bottom part of the dresser and short screws to attach brackets to the mirror’s top part. Note: The packaged screws come with brackets.
  3. Assemble cleaning supplies. The adhesive may drip when using it. Also, working with a drill can be messy.

    Have a few cleaning supplies at hand such as: 

    • An old rug or polythene paper to spread on your working area
    • Warm soapy water 
    • Surgical spirit (rubbing alcohol) 
    • A sponge 
    • A mop and a bucket

Step 2 - Take Measurements

Take precise measurements to ensure:

  • Your mirror is centralised leaving enough space at the sides where you can arrange your essentials.
  • The mirror’s weight is evenly distributed for stability.
  • It looks neat.

When taking measurements,

  1. Measure your dresser and divide the length of the dresser in half to find the middle. Make a visible marking on the centre point.
  2. Measure the mirror, then divide the length of the mirror by two and mark that centre point.

Ensure that both markings are clearly visible.

How to measure your table mirrors dressing level
How to Install a Dressing Table Mirror

Step 3 - Install Dressing Table Mirrors Using Any of These 2 Methods

You can either use mounting brackets or mastic (adhesive) to install a dresser mirror.

Method 1: How to Install Using Mounting Brackets

  1. Weigh the mirror first. The weight determines the size of your mounting brackets. Check the label on your brackets to ensure they are the right size for the mirror’s weight. 
  2. Have someone hold the mirror’s frame on the table and align the marked centre points (the mirror’s centre point should be perfectly aligned with the dresser’s centre marking).
  3. Make sure the mirror’s base is even on all points of contact with the dresser (sideways and back to front).
  4. Line up one bracket against the dresser. Brackets can have spacers that show you where to insert your screws. 
  5. Once you line up the bracket, start by screwing the top of the bracket that attaches to the mirror’s backside. Then, screw the bottom of the bracket that attaches to the dressing table. 
  6. Fasten the screws onto the remaining bracket holes into the mirror’s backside and dresser. Criss-cross the bracket’s sides when fastening the screws to ensure the bracket remains stable. 
  7. Repeat the same steps for the second bracket.

In case your brackets don’t have spacers or you are using unmarked mounting poles:

  1. Line the mounting poles against the table and mark the point where they meet with the dresser. Ensure the mark is visible, as that’s where you’ll insert screws.
  2. Mark the second pole or bracket by lining it up against the first one you marked. 
  3. Align the marked parts to the bottom of the mirror’s frame and screw the mounting poles into the mirror’s backside.
  4. Screw the remaining part of the brackets to the dresser.

Mounted dresser with soft pastel colours
Olsen Hollywood Mirrors with Lights 50 x 39cm

“Great for doing makeup. 3x lighting effects. So pleased with this purchase.”
Becky Thompson, Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Method 2: How to Install Using Adhesive

Adhesive works well for wall-mounted mirrors and dressers with a backside. To apply adhesive:

  1. Wipe the dressing table to remove any settled dust.
  2. Wipe the mirror’s back with spirit or rubbing alcohol to ensure the adhesive sticks well.
  3. Apply adhesive on the mirror’s backside. Squeeze the adhesive in a vertical direction to prevent air from getting trapped behind the adhesive.
  4. Press the mirror’s back onto the dressing table, ensuring it aligns to the centre. Tilt as you press to prevent air traps. 
  5. Leave it to dry for two days.

Wall mirror dresser with lights
Monroe Hollywood Mirror Wall Mounted 80 x 60cm

Pros and Cons of Mounting Brackets vs. Adhesive

The table below shows the advantages and disadvantages of each installation method.

Method Mounting Brackets Adhesive
  • You can unscrew the mirrors from dressing tables anytime you wish.
  • Different bracket designs enhance your room’s aesthetics.
  • Fast installation
  • Gives a clean, seamless look
Cons Visible brackets and bolts can clash with other decor items. Removing adhesive can damage the wall, paint or surface

Maintenance Tips After Installing Dressing Mirrors

Dresser mirrors can serve you many years when you apply the following practices:

  • Use warm water to clean. 
  • Never spray cleaners right onto the surface. Apply the cleaner onto a cloth first.
  • Use lint-free cloths to wipe table mirrors. 
  • Never use abrasives to remove stuck particles, as they cause scratches. Abrasives include scouring pads, steel wool and mesh cloth. 
  • If using glass cleaners, go for alcohol-based ones that don’t react with the glass. 
  • Dust regularly with a feather duster or dry cloth.
  • Keep the surface free from moisture. Moisture weakens adhesive and if it seeps into the frame material and drawers, it leaves stain marks.

Expert Tip: Check how clean your mirrors are by looking at them from an angle instead of looking straight. At an angle, you may notice stains or dust that weren’t visible before.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How Do You Secure Leaning Mirrors on a Dresser? 

Leaning mirrors are best attached using brackets to create the perfect angle for the mirrors tilt. To install one:

  1. Look for L-shaped brackets to accommodate the angle at which the mirror will lean.
  2. Line the brackets to the mirror’s back. 
  3. Use a power drill and screws to secure the brackets.
  4. Mount the mirror onto the dresser and attach the remaining part of the brackets.

How Big Should a Dressing-Table Mirror Be?

You can use any size you prefer as long as it’s not wider than the dresser.

How Do I Remove Excess Adhesive After Installation?

If you spread excess adhesive, there are simple ways you can clean it off:

  • Cover the excess adhesive using an old towel or paper. Then place a hot iron over it for a few minutes. Once the adhesive melts off, wipe the area with warm, soapy water.
  • Use solvents such as white vinegar or surgical spirit that dissolve the glue. Then wipe it off with clean, warm water.

Featured image: Piqsels

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