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How far should a mirror be above a sink?

There is no standard height at which to set a mirror above a sink. The bathroom mirror should hang on the wall in such a way that everyone in the household can use it. This is influenced by many factors, including a person's height and the size of the mirror.

Function

A bathroom mirror serves as an integral part of most people's day-to-day routines. As such, it needs to be at a height that allows a person to fully view his face, hair and shoulders or upper torso.

Potential

Because the mirror is in the bathroom, the possibility exists for it to get continually splashed with water. It needs to be at least a foot or more above the sink, depending upon the size of the mirror and the height of the sink.

Considerations

Not all family members stand at the same height. If children will be using the mirror to get ready for school, consider either hanging it low enough for them to use or bringing in a small stool upon which they can stand.

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About the Author

Buffy Naillon has worked in the media industry since 1999, contributing to Germany's "Der Spiegel" magazine and various websites. She received a bachelor's degree in German from Boise State University. Naillon also attended New York University and participated in the foreign exchange program at Germany's Saarland University. She is completing her master's degree in educational technology at Boise State.