“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 Mirrors
Fab 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.