Where can I buy gym mirrors? I’ve been asked this question more than a couple times now, so I figured it was time to throw up a little post with some suggestions. I’ll give you a handful options ranging from potentially free to moderately expensive. Obviously your budget and your willingness to spend time shopping around will dictate which option is best for you.
First off, if you’ve already done some price shopping for giant mirrors locally and found out how expensive mirrors can be, don’t get discouraged. You can still have nice sized mirrors without spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on the hardware and installation. You may also be thinking you need more mirror than you really do. Let’s talk about it.
Potentially free (or just very cheap) gym mirrors
If you’re budget is so low you’re looking for free, you’re probably gonna have to deal with Craigslist. Search for homeowners, hotels, and apartments doing bathroom or bedroom renovations. What you want to be on the look out for are vanity mirrors and sliding vanity closet doors. Both of these are large and folks (homeowners especially) would rather have someone take it away than have to deal with the disposal of so much glass.
I’ve also seen pretty large framed mirrors and old dresser mirrors for sale on Craigslist. They won’t be as big as a vanity, but you can find a nice sized mirror. To me it looked like these type of mirrors were being sold or given away mostly because they were old and unattractive. For our purposes though, a mirror is a mirror once you get that ugly frame off of it.
Another option I’ve heard people have had success with is to go to a home improvement store and ask if there are any returned or damaged vanity closet doors you can buy at a heavy discount. The stores typically have to write these things off at a complete loss ,so any sale is better than no sale as far as they’re concerned. Just have to be willing to ask.
If you’re willing to get creative and spend a little time looking around, there are plenty of free and cheap large mirrors out there.
Super thrifty new gym mirrors
For going the super thrifty new route, you can go to Target or Wal-Mart and buy those hanging door mirrors (approximately 12″ x 48″) and mount them side-by-side on your wall. Prices on these vary by quality, but are generally anywhere from $5 to $25 per mirror.
I highly recommend that if you go this route you do not buy the cheapest $5 mirrors. These things are not glass so they are very flexible. If you cannot get them absolutely flush against the wall when you mount it, you’ll think you’re in a Circus funhouse when you look into them.
There are frameless varieties of these inexpensive mirrors that are glass (usually very thin 1/8″ glass). They’re fragile and pretty tough not to break, but when you do get them mounted, at least it won’t be distorted.
In all honesty, while these mirrors will work, I strongly suggest you go with the vanity mirrors I’ll talk about next. New mid-size vanity mirrors are still pretty cheap and look so much nicer than a row of 12″ wide mirrors.
New vanity mirrors as gym mirrors
Both Lowes and Home Depot sell a variety of inexpensive vanity mirrors that are more than suitable for a garage gym. For instance, Home Depot has a 36″ x 60″ mirror for $59.99 (update, I can’t find this mirror on their site anymore, but that doesn’t mean the store doesn’t have them. Call your store to find out.) Not a bad price at all for such a large mirror. You’ll want the 60″ to be the height obviously, so you may want a couple of them mounted side-by-side.
Keep in mind you don’t need floor to ceiling coverage for a gym mirror. A mirror can be a foot and a half or more above the ground and still allow you to see well below your feet when standing in front of it. What that means is that a mirror should be anywhere from 48″ to 72″ in height. Any more than that is unnecessary and any less is probably too short for the average person.
The mirror from Home Depot I just mentioned, if placed 18″ above the ground, will have a total height of 78″. That’s more than enough for you to see both your feet, head, and anything you press above your head. So if you have two side-by-side, you’d have a total mirror dimensions of 72″ x 60″. Pretty big mirror for around $120.
Professionally installed gym mirrors
The best looking mirrors for your garage gym are going to be the same mirrors you see in a commercial gym. They are larger, thicker, and should be professionally installed. This is not the budget route, however it can be done for less money than you may think; especially if you’ve called a local glass company for a quote (they tend to be pretty damn expensive).
My long-time recommendation for ordering commercial mirrors online has gone out of business, and I do not have an alternative recommendation to give at this time. Based on the plethora of positive and negative feedback I have received about multiple online mirror vendors, I’m starting to think it’s just best to use a local business if you want to go the commercial route.
Does that help?
I hope this gives you some ideas. It’s nice to have a good mirror in your gym that doesn’t distort and that didn’t break the bank. If you have a method for finding large gym mirrors on a budget you think others would be interested in, please share it in the comments. Also, if you liked this or any of my posts, please take a moment and share it to your social media platform of choice. I’d really appreciate it.