You may have seen oversize mirrors on garage floors, and they’re pretty common, but do you know how to build one?
If you’re building a large floor mirror that’s taller than the rest of the garage, you’ll need to cut off the top of the mirror and install a large, metal, plastic, or other floor cover.
But if you’re just building a smaller, less-oversize mirror, you can do a pretty good job with these basic tools.
We’ll go over the basic steps you’ll want to take to build a floor mirror, but the key to getting the most out of this process is building the correct size mirror first.
If you want to do a larger mirror, don’t forget to adjust the height and width of the mirrors at the base of the floor.
The height of the metal frame at the bottom of the ceiling will affect how much the mirror will tilt, but that’s a separate consideration.
We’re going to show you how to make a simple metal-backed floor mirror with two-thirds of the height of a typical garage floor.
If your floor has a floor transition strip, that will make it easier to build the larger mirror.
If not, we’ll show you the basic process for a standard garage mirror.
The metal frame 1.1 When you’re looking at a mirror, a picture is worth a thousand words.
A picture tells us what’s in the mirror, and it also gives us an idea of what the mirror’s intended function will be.
When building a mirror that spans a width of at least three feet, we need to choose the mirror we want to build.
The simplest way to determine what the purpose of a mirror is is to measure the distance between two points.
If a mirror spans two feet, the mirror should span three feet.
This measurement is called the “height.”
When building an oversized mirror, the height is the width.
So the height can be anywhere from 3 to 5 feet.
If it’s too short, you might have a smaller mirror, while if it’s long enough, you may need to make it longer.
The correct height depends on the type of mirror you’re going for, but most of the time it’s going to be somewhere in the middle.
The standard height of an overgrown mirror is about three feet (with a minimum of four feet).
Cutting off the mirror 1.2 You’ll need a metal frame for the top.
This is a piece of hardware that holds the mirror up.
It’s usually attached to the floor by an electrical cord, but you can also use wire.
You’ll want a piece with a metal cross bar.
Metal-backed mirrors are also known as “brackets.”
Metal brackets are strong, so they’re not always available, but they’re cheap and easy to find.
To build a mirror with brackets, you’re actually cutting off the bottom edge of the top piece of metal.
The piece of plastic that supports the mirror is also cut off, so you’ll still have a metal bracket.
Cut off a small piece of the bottom metal, like an 8-by-12-inch (20-by 22-cm) piece, and attach it to the bottom piece of brackets with a screw.
That’s about all you need to do.
Now, you’ve cut the top off.
Installation 1.3 If you cut the bottom off of a metal-based mirror, it will look like this.
Cutting the top out of the bracket and the bottom out of brackets 3b.
Adding the top and bottom brackets to the mirror.
Now it’s time to put the brackets on the mirror to mount it to your floor.
When you install the brackets, remember to align them to the proper height.
To align the brackets to their correct height, measure the height from the top edge of a bracket, and measure the width of a piece that goes under the bracket.
(This measurement is known as the “centerline.”)
The centerline of the centerline should be the same height as the height you’re measuring from the center of the brackets.
If the brackets are too tall, they won’t fit snugly into the holes you drilled.
Attaching the brackets To attach the brackets and to secure the mirror in place, you will want to make sure the bracket you drilled fits snugly under the mirror base.
If this bracket is too short or too long, it won’t make it into the correct location, and the mirror won’t stay put.
In the photo below, we’re going with a short bracket, which is the center line of the “Centerline” measurement.
To attach a bracket to the base, you want the brackets facing forward.
If they don’t, you won’t be able to adjust your mirror height.
So we’re attaching the bracket to our floor.
Attach the bracket using two screws, one at each