Important tips when replacing the mirror above your dresser

Has your dresser mirror suffered a catastrophic accident? Replacing the mirror that mounts to your dresser might seem like it would be a nightmare, but it might be easier than you think. No matter how old your bedroom set is, or what style the dresser is, you will be able to find a mirror that will work for your dresser in the large selection available online. 

Before you just jump online and start searching, there are a few things you need to know. If you don’t go about replacing your dresser mirror the right way, you could end up with a mirror that doesn’t work with the dresser. Forcing a nonconforming mirror onto a dresser mount could break the mirror, putting you back to square one.

Here are the top things you need to do when you place mirror above dresser.

Check, double-check, and triple check your measurements

According to, Choosing the right-sized mirror is extremely important when replacing a dresser mirror. A mirror that is too small may not sit firmly in its mount, falling and eventually breaking. A mirror that is too large may be too heavy for the mount. And, of course, there is the matter of the hardware fitting properly. At the same time, choosing a mirror that is slightly less wide than the dresser is ideal.

Measure your old dresser mirror, or if it is unavailable the dresser itself. Check the dimensions of all dresser mirrors you consider to make sure that they will work together. If in doubt, keep looking. There are a lot of options out there, and the perfect dresser mirror is out there for you.

Look for the same or similar brand or furniture collection

The brand that your current bedroom furniture came from is the best place to start if you have to replace the dresser mirror. If the dresser isn’t very old, you might be able to find the very mirror you need in a clearance catalog. Even if the dresser is no longer sold, there will likely be similar collections within that same brand. This is the easiest way to make sure that the dresser mirror will fit.

Check mounting requirements

If you are getting a mirror for a dresser that has never had a mounted mirror, you need to check the mounting requirements for the dresser mirror you are considering. If you are getting a dresser mirror that includes the frame and hardware to mount it to the dresser, you’ll need to examine the dresser and make sure it can be modified to work with the new mounted mirror.

Don’t try to mount the mirror alone

This is definitely a job for at least three people, and a fourth to hand over tools and hardware wouldn’t hurt. The dresser mirror is going to be heavier than you think, and two people should be supporting its weight at all times. The third person will actually mount the mirror with the hardware while the other two hold most of the weight.

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