How to select the right gym mirror

   

Exploring your options for the right gym mirrors

One of the most important pieces of furniture to get when setting up a gym or a dance studio is a floor to ceiling mirror that will help your clients see their form while they are doing those crunches and/or dance moves. It is therefore, imperative that you choose the right gym mirrors for your facility.

There are a variety of gym mirrors available on the market today. These come in a variety of styles, size, finish, and, of course, the materials that are used in their fabrication. More often than not, many novice gym owners make the mistake of getting something not really appropriate for their health and fitness facility. It is for this reason that you need to explore the different options when choosing the correct gym mirror.

Things to consider when buying a gym mirror

Like any other endeavor, it is crucial to carefully examine all the different parameters that can have a bearing on your choice. Choosing a gym mirror is not unlike picking a furniture for your home. You have to have a clear idea of what you want. To help you in making the correct decision, here are some things that you need to consider when buying your mirror for your dance studio or gym.

·         Size of your wall 

One of the most important considerations that you will have to factor in is the size of the wall in your facility. It also depends on how you want the mirrors to be placed. If you require an end to end or corner to corner mirror, then you will have to measure the entire length of the wall. If, for example, you only want to put mirrors in certain sections of the wall or even leave a space in the corners, then you will have to measure this too. 

The standard width of a gym mirror is 1,220 millimetres or 4 feet. So, you will have to measure the length of your wall and then divide that by either 4 feet or by 1,220 millimetres. If the quotient is not a whole number, then you will need to round it off to the nearest whole number. 

For instance, if the length or width of your wall is about 20 feet long or wide, then that means you will need to divide 20 feet by 4 feet to give you 5 sheets of gym mirror. Now, if you want to have space at both corners of the wall, say about 1 foot each, then the total length would be 18 feet.  

As for the height of the gym mirror, the standard is 6 feet, although it is not unusual for it to be up to 8 feet. You can actually decide on the height of the mirror and have it cut according to your needs. A lot of people prefer to have a floor to ceiling type of mirror while some would like it to start a bit higher off the floor especially if they have heavy weights or any other gym equipment that may break the glass by accident.  

·         Glass or acrylic 

There are two fundamental materials used in the construction of gym mirrors. If it is reflection fidelity that you are after then it's best to use glass. However, caution must be observed as this is not really shatter-proof. If you require a gym mirror that can be designed or styled in a particular form, then your best bet is an acrylic mirror or plastic mirror. Do take note that these are relatively thinner, usually about 3 millimetres, and as such are prone to flexing. Because of this flexing you may not get the kind of reflection that you want from your mirror. 

·         Thickness of the mirror 

As a general rule, the thicker the mirror plate, the better and sturdier it is. The problem with thin mirrors like those made of acrylic is that they are prone to flexing. You should always target 4 millimetres or even 6 millimetres. For home use, a 4 mm mirror should suffice. However, if this is for a dance studio or a gym where other people will also be present, then you should always go for the 6 millimetre. 

·         Polished edges 

It’s a lot better to install a mirror that has been polished at its edges to make it as straight and smooth as possible. It is also a lot safer to install than a plate that has been roughly machine cut. 

·         Method of installation 

There are 3 ways you can install a gym mirror: adhesives, J channels, and holes with mirror screws. Adhesive mounts are practical and very easy to install; however, they tend to be more difficult to remove if you want to replace them. J channels are also easy to fit and provide a neat finish to your mirror; unfortunately, these only work on 6 mm thick mirrors. The most versatile method for fitting gym mirrors is with 4mm thick plates and drilled holes with mirror screws; sadly, these are quite expensive and a bit difficult to install.

Now that you have all the information you need you’re now more confident about your choice of the perfect gym mirror.