“Where can I buy gym mirrors?” I’ve been asked this question many, many times now, so I figured it was time to throw up an article with some gym-mirror-shopping recommendations and suggestions. I’ll offer 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 of all, if you have already done some calling around locally for giant gym mirror quotes and seen how expensive large gym mirrors can be, don’t yet get discouraged. You can still have nicely sized gym mirrors in your home gym without spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on the hardware and the pro installation. You may also be thinking you need more mirrors 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 heavy glass.
I’ve also seen some fairly large framed mirrors and many old dresser mirrors for sale on Craigslist. They won’t be as big as a vanity mirror probably, but some may be big enough. 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 mirrors and inexpensive 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 $10 to $30 or more per mirror.
I highly recommend that if you go this route that you do not buy the cheapest $10 mirrors. These mirrors are not glass and they are very flexible. If you cannot get them absolutely flush against the wall when you mount them, 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 tough to not 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 box-store 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. They offer them in all kinds of shapes and sizes, both with and without frames. They are generally not very expensive, and they sell all the different types of mounting hardware right there in the store. Check their websites, or go right into the store and ask for help from an associate.
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 in the image above, if placed 18″ above the ground, will have a total height of 78″. That’s more than enough for you to see your feet, head, and anything you press above your head. So if you have two side-by-side, you’d have a total mirror size of 72″ x 60″. Pretty big mirror for approximately $120.
Alternatively, get creative with decorative wall mirrors. Many of them have very minimalist frames and wouldn’t look out of place in a gym. The one pictured above is only $139 for 21″ x 65″. Not bad at all, and it doesn’t have an awful frame. Check online stores like Amazon or local stores – anything from Target to true home decor stores.
Safety Backed DIY MirrorsFab Glass and Mirror offers five different sizes of safety glass for gyms and dance studios; anywhere from 36″ x 60″ for about $300 a sheet, to 48″ x 84″ for $400 a sheet. All of these mirrors come with all the necessary hardware to hang them, and they ship for free for Prime members from Amazon which can really help with the overall cost.
There are other versions of this DIY safety glass, but it looks like most of them don’t come with the hardware. I figure that’s a pretty big perk; that and these prices seem competitive.
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 might think; especially if you call a local glass company for a quote and negotiate a good price.
My long-time online recommendation for ordering commercial mirrors has gone under, and I do not have an alternative recommendation to give. 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 glass/mirror dealer if you want to go the commercial route rather than to let a company across the country try and orchestrate an install in your home.
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.
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ive noticed an increase in referrals from your site , thank you by the way. id like to include a link to your site on giganticmirrors.com if you’re interested ill have jason ( our computer guy ) give you a call for info thanks jay 417-343-3773
No problem, Jay; glad to hear it. Yeah I’m certainly down for that. I’d appreciate that very much.
Just wanted to say “great article”. Building a basement home gym — on a budget, of course, and your site has been a great resource. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks so much Tim. I’m glad it’s been helpful.Having a gym at home is the best.
You’re a lifesaver! Most thorough article I’ve found. Thank you.
Hey thanks! I appreciate that.
I’m so glad I came across your article. I am building a home gym and was looking for mirrors on budget, Excellent resource for me. Thank You!
You got it! =p
Soooo did nobody else realize you can clearly see through the girls shirt in the first picture? I don’t even have my glasses on and i see nipples lol!
I had.. but not originally when I put it up! Oh well
I noticed also!!! haha…
I noticed as well… kind-of turned me off when it came to reading the entire article. Seriously, what girl trains bra-less?!?
I completely agree. What a totally inappropriate image! Glad my daughter, who is 14 and is the one searching for mirrors for our home dance studio, did not find this before I did. Shame on you!
It’s the human body, which is an amazing and beautiful thing. Grow up and chill out.
Paula….I’m not positive, but I’m pretty sure your 14 year old daughter has nipples…..I’m not sure why you are so disturbed.
I agree VERY inappropriate!! Not everyone wants to see nudity! You innocently search for mirrors and this crap pops up!!
And attractive blonde working out in a see through shirt with no bra… Yeah I’m totally turned off too.
I had’t even noticed the nipples. I was paying attention to the information on mirrors. LOL. It’s the human body. So what?
Great info on the mirrors. Thanks!
I never noticed, and I’m pretty observant, like more than 99% of the population. I didn’t notice because I’m looking for a mirror & not for some blonde working out.
The people who commented below, (eg: mom of 14 yr old…) are idiots. It’s all blurred out. Nothing to see. I’m sure your “innocent” child has seen way more than that in the last week.
Nice one… Just stumbled on to this site… Gigantic Mirrors it is! Thank you!
Thanks for this!!
Thanks so much for this. A HUGE help. Planning on turning a room into a home gym for my boyfriend. He’s going to love this. Thanks again!!
Great information Sir. Actually going to be calling Gigantic Mirrors today for a quote on outfitting my new studio. If it all works out I will also be using them for studio number 2 next year.
Great article. We have a home gym but needed mirrors. I just ordered the home depot mirrors and can’t wait to get them up.
Thanks! They work well for me :)
I just bought the Home Depot mirrors yesterday for my home gym and they look amazing! Thanks so much for your helpful article. You rock!
Great article, but do you have any recommendations on the type of hardware that should be used to mount the mirrors?
I actually just used the hardware that came with the mirrors I bought. If you go big, you might upgrade that hardware to something more commercial, but they sell all of that stuff at Lowes/Home Depot. Pro installers will also use adhesive, but I didn’t bother. It’s damn near impossible to get the things down again if you need to if you use adhesive.
I will be buying the mirror off of craigslist, so all hardware would need to be purchased separately. It’s a 72×100 mirror and don’t want any accidents to happen. Any brand at Home Depot that you know would work?
That’s a huge mirror, so you will probably want mirror adhesive and a base. You can buy a base that attaches to the wall for the mirror to sit on at Home Depot; much like the large bathroom mirrors are resting on the backsplash of the countertop. It wouldn’t be the worst idea to have a mirror that size professionally installed. You’re going to need help from friends if you don’t pay someone to do it. I can’t imagine what that weighs.
This is exactly what I need for the gym AND it’s affordable. Thank you so much for posting! Saved me a lot of money:)
giganticmirrors now has an 18 (Yes 18) panel minimum to order from New Mexico. Your article is wrong and they are useless, not to mention the tons of horrible reviews of their ‘customer service’ Better off buying local.
Where did you find the reviews? I’d like to take a look. Thanks GW
I just ordered 6 mirrors from gigantic mirrors, and they delivered within a couple of days. Great nice mirrors!
Very dissatisfied with gigantic mirrors. I ordered some mirrors after reading article and got a work order and email confirmation about a month ago. I called back back because there was no call back to confirm installion. Well I found out that they don’t have anyone to install here nor did they bother to call or email about there end. So as a customer I’m very displeased and that they shouldn’t claim ” nationwide ” . Look to lowes or Home Depot.
The top photo is cracking me up. Mesh shirt with no bra. No chick works out like that.
CrossFitters might. I can’t even count the number of topless girls on gymnastic rings I’ve seen on Tumblr. But ya, not in a normal gym lol
I just opened a photo studio and I’m having trouble getting a huge backlit mirror for my makeup/fitting room. Any ideas?
No sorry, maybe someone will though.
I just ordered a mirror from Gigantic Mirrors with the expectation that I just need to be patient and they will eventually get the job done. In my case this is fine – not in a hurry.
Can you send me a high res version of the picture of that cutie in the mesh top? I’d like to see that with more detail ;-) (Or tell me where I can find that)
lol sorry, that’s the only version I have. I saw it on Pinterest originally.
This article was a great resource! Thank you for time and efforts!
thank you so much for the advice about homedepot vanity mirrors. Unbelievable that you offer such great advice- free!! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You’re welcome. It doesn’t cost me anything so why not! =)
Thanks for all the info. I’m going to try the Home Depot route to outfit my in-home martial arts studio. I’m hanging them on the foundation in the basement. Any tips?
you mean concrete walls of the basement?
If so, you should be able to find concrete anchors there at the Home Depot that aren’t very big; about the size of a normal little screw. Just buy the proper size concrete drill bit (it’ll say on the pack of anchors) and then hang it like the same way as if it were drywall or something. Though I don’t know if you can find anchors small enough to use the little plastic mirror hangers, might need something else. I would just ask someone there. For what it’s worth, I’ve found that people that work in special departments like say the door guy will tend to be more knowledgeable than the part timers that run around.
Great info! Unfortunately Gigantic Mirrors does not service Southeast Texas. After reading some of the reviews, I feel like it was a blessing in disguise. I may attempt to hang the Lowe’s/Home depot mirrors if I can get some recommendations on adhesives (in addition to mounting hardware) This is for a dance room for my daughter, must feel 100% confident it is not coming down! Has anyone mounted these that can share your thoughts/recommendations? Thank you!
Thanks for the mirror tip. the price on giganticmirrors.com has gone up significantly since your article date. It’s 250 to install plus 350 for the mirror. That’s exactly what the high cost local glass company quoted me…
No kidding. Well that sucks. I’ll have to put re-evaluating this page on my list. Seems that most people go with the Home Depot idea though anyway. Soooo much cheaper even back when the article was more accurate.
Another good article. I looked at one of those 3×5 mirrors at HD right before thanksgiving, but the store was way too crowded to deal with. Going to pick at least one up this week. I also found this article, which seems very similar to yours, on Google. Hopefully you are aware of this already.
Great site, thanks for the tips. You may want to reconsider your recommendation of Gigantic Mirrors. I have found their customer service to be awful. Placed order in early December and was told mid-late January. Called mid January to check on status and was told mid February. Called mid February and was now told they couldn’t give me an ETA. My order is still technically open but I am actively looking for another source for large (4-6′ H x 6-8′ W). Keep up the nice work!
So noted, thank you. I’m starting to wonder if this is not a standard business practice in that industry. Questionable customer service, that is.
If you are in New Jersey area try Probondmirror.com
Thanks Joe. While I actually grew up in NJ I now live way on the other side of the country in Washington state. Thanks for the recommendation though!
Haven’t purchased them yet but found another site with some promise. Mirrors are a little more expensive for a slightly smaller size and does not include installation but we’ll see.
Thanks for a great article! Excellent ideas. I’m probably going the home depot route.
Please be careful handling mirrors. The installer that put mirrors in my bathroom had an awful story of a mirror breaking and killing one of the installers. It was two guys carrying a large mirror. For some reason it broke and chopped into the guy’s scull.
that’s awful! Yeah that mirror isn’t too big, but call a friend lol
What do you put them up with? Adhesive damages walls, right? Either way, best suggestion?
Installation options vary – it really depends on mirror size. Smaller mirrors can be held up with those plastic mirror tacks. Giant mirrors tend to be adhesive.
A&J Wholesale was bought out by the Mirror Company and now, while they still have low pricing, when I was looking for service to my area, my zip code popped up a message that I would need to buy 18 panels minimum purchase for the price. This is a wholly larger number than I’m able to purchase.
Just thought you might want to update this article to reflect your recommendation as it is now not the case.
Ordered a mirror and was given a date for installation. Installers never showed and never called. Tried to reschedule and company was difficult to contact and unable to provide me with an installation date that would work into my schedule. Very disappointed.
What company did you contact? Where are you located?
Great article, thanks! I’m building a gym in my basement and have been spending a lot of time here reading. FYI, the giganticmirrors.com now links to a defunct website. A quick google search indicates that the company is out of business.
Sure enough. Ok thank you I’ll get that updated.