What You Need to Know About Mirrors for Your Home Gym
Are you designing a home gym or dance/fitness studio? Before you move equipment or flooring into the space, take a look at what you need to know about custom wall mirrors.
Do Home Gyms Need Mirrors?
While mirrors aren’t a requirement for an in-home fitness or dance space, reflective surfaces have benefits for these types of areas. The top reasons to put mirrors in your home gym or fitness studio include:
- The ability to see your form. Whether you lift, dance, or engage in any other physical activity, you need to see your form. This allows you to make corrections or improvements and potentially avoid injuries.
- Increase physical fitness goals. Your reflection in a home gym’s mirrors is a motivational factor. Whether you want to tone and define your shape, lose a few pounds, or put on muscle mass, mirrors provide a constant reminder of your physical fitness goals and objectives.
- Additional light in the space. How well lit is your home gym? Without enough light, the fitness space can seem cramped and drab. If you don’t have much (or any) natural lighting, mirrors can brighten the space.
- Additional area. While mirrors won’t add square footage to your workout space, these reflective panes can create the illusion of a larger area.
Now that you know the why’s behind gym or home fitness studio mirrors, it’s time to take the next step and learn more about the what’s and how’s.
What Type of Mirrors Do Home Gyms Need?
The specific type of mirrors you choose for your home fitness studio depends on several factors. Before you invest in new glass for your gym, consider:
- The view. Do you need a full-body view of yourself? The more you need to see, the larger the mirror you’ll need. Some fitness activities (such as dance) require tall, long mirrors to reflect movement from one end of the space to the other.
- The room. The proportions of the room and mirrors should match. This may require professional measurement.
- The Equipment placement. Do you have exercise equipment in front of two different walls (or more)? This means one wall of mirrors won’t work for your home fitness studio needs.
Most home gyms need floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall, or over-sized/full-body mirrors. These massive mirrors often require a custom cut. Instead of stock mirrors from a hardware or big box store, contact a contractor who specializes in this type of glass service.
How Should You Install Home Gym Mirrors?
A specialized glass contractor won’t just cut your mirrors. This type of professional can also install custom creations. If you’re not sure whether to hang home fitness studio mirrors yourself or hire an expert, consider:
- Size. Full wall or over-sized mirrors are heavy and hard to hang. If your gym’s mirrors are tall, long, or cover a complete wall, you need a professional installation service.
- Placement. Along with size needs, awkward or complex placement also requires professional assistance.
- Aesthetics. A professional installation job looks like the name implies—professional. Increase the overall aesthetics of your home gym or fitness space and leave the installation to the expert.
- Safety factor. A larger piece of glass can easily fall and shatter during a DIY installation. This puts you or anyone else in the room at risk. A professional glass contractor has the experience, knowledge, and equipment to safely install your gym’s mirrors.
The contractor you choose should have expertise in gym, fitness, or full-wall mirror installation. Ask your would-be glass installer for references and photos or portfolio of the past work.Do you need a custom-cut home gym mirror? Contact Central Glass Company for more information.