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Over the door mirrors are not just for college dorm rooms. Sure, they are a clever solution for making the most of small spaces. But modern versions can also add style and light, enhancing any room.
The idea is to suspend a vanity mirror from hangers which hook over the top of a door. These take all the weight of the mirror, so there’s no need to drill permanent fittings into walls. This is a great solution for students, renters, and those of us who are DIY-challenged.
Best Over-Door Mirrors – My Choices
Here is a shortlist of affordable yet stylish hanging mirrors, which are specifically designed for hanging over a door.
One of the typical reasons for looking at over the door mirrors is a shortage of space, and/or living in temporary accomodation. In that case, why not make your mirror earn its keep by doubling up as a makeup and jewelry cabinet, and a lighted makeup mirror, as well as a full-length mirror?
And that’s just what this hanging mirrored jewelry cabinet is designed for.
It is barely 4″ deep, so doesn’t take up any space. Yet it is very well designed with 5 shelves, 4 small drawers, and enough hooks and slots for over a hundreds of items of jewelry. The internal mirror is surrounded by LED downlighters which turn on automatically when the door is opened, making a gorgeous display as the light plays across your rings. These are battery powered, so no need to worry about a power cable.
No assembly required apart from screwing in the hangers to the back of the armoire. The hooks are adjustable to 2 different heights. The cabinet itself is preassembled. It is well made, of solid wood and glass. A wall-mounting kit is included.
Showing excellent attention to detail, there are small felt covers for the screws to prevent scratches on the door paint. Also included are stick-on velcro strips for the bottom of the cabinet. Do use these – when full the armoire is heavy. You don’t want it swing around when the door is closed.
In terms of criticisms, It is not moisture resistant and wouldn’t work well in a bathroom. The door is held closed by a strong magnet, which needs some force to open when new. You can “weaken” it by covering in a couple of layers of tape if necessary. There are also a few reports of the door warping so it doesn’t stay closed (maybe due to moisture damage?).
Luxfurni are the most popular seller of jewelry armoires on Amazon, with thousands of 5 stars reviews. Similar designs are available from other manufacturers, but the reviews suggest these alternatives do not have the same attention to small details and durable construction.
As a final bonus. the packaging and unboxing experience is delicious. You could send one directly as a gift.
Luxfurni occasionally offer discounts, so I would suggest checking out their website directly.
My best door mirror is also available at Amazon.
My next pick is a great example of a purposely designed over-the-door mirror. Some other mirrors offering door mounting are in fact just a random floor mirror with a couple of hooks. Not this one.
Its many neat features include:
It is very well packed for safe shipping. The only adverse comments online were from a couple of customers who did not receive the hardware. I presume customer service will have sent more, but in the unlikely event of this not happening let me know and I’ll try to help.
The only assembly required is to screw the hooks onto the back of the frame. The correct site for these is pre-drilled so it’s very easy to do. Using these, the height is fixed. You could adjust this yourself by carefully drilling new holes. The hangers are very slim and should fit almost any door. You also have the option of using it as a wall mirror with the included wall mounting accessories.
4 colours are available: Black, Gold, White, and Walnut.
Do you agree this is a very elegant glass mirror, slightly different to the average white rectangle? It’s available in 6 colors, and I would suggest, rather than trying to blend in the hangers, you go for a contrast with the door color.
It’s also slightly taller than average (55″). The extra inches are worth having if you don’t have room to step further away from the mirror, yet still want a true full-length reflection.
MCS have a “No Tools Required” hanging system – you simply push the hooks into prefixed brackets on the mirror. This also allows simple adjustment of the hanging height.
The only complaint about this mirror (but it’s a big one) is that the build quality seems variable. If you get a good one, then this is a gorgeous mirror at a great price. But there are a few complaints about image distortion.
This is my top selection – the over door mirror for women who have left the college dorm behind. It exudes adult sophistication and quality, yet carries a student price tag.
This frameless mirror has inbuilt LED lighting, touch controlled, step-less dimming, with a smart memory for the last used brightness setting. There are 3 color options (cool white – best for daytime makeup; warm white – for evening; and yellow, which I would use for bedroom ambient lighting).
Build quality is impressive. Aluminium frame, rivets, sturdy engineering – no glue and staples here! It is waterproof and can be used over a bathroom door. Yet makes a stylish addition to your living room. The mirror is of optical quality shatterproof glass. It ships with a film to protect the surface, and lots of styrofoam padding.
I can’t come up with any real cons. Remember it needs plugging in, so you need a convenient power outlet, and to think about hiding the cable.
The manufacturer is so confident that they offer a full refund without insisting on a return. You have nothing to lose!
If you don’t fancy using a door hanger, but still want to use the dead space behind the door, here is your solution. Support it from the existing door hinges! The manufacturer says you can do this in a few minutes without specialist tools. I think they’re being a little optimistic, but I do think you (and a helper) are up to the challenge. I strongly recommend reading the installation instructions (pdf) and checking out this video:
Once installed, I think you will be impressed with this unit. There are thousands of 5-star reviews on Amazon. Most comment on the premium build quality and appearance. The enamelling looks beautiful and is water resistant, suitable for use in the bathroom or kitchen.
This really is a full length mirror – all 70 inches of it. And behind is enough storage space for all your products, hair accessories, jewelry, and smaller tools. There are 8 shelves, 6 of them adjustable height.
The few negative reviews are mainly from people who failed to check they had sufficient clearance from a corner wall (Cabidor state 3.5″, I think 4″ would be safer). The striker plate and magnet are stick-on, and there are reports of them being pulled off.