Types and Uses of Floor Mirrors

Types and Uses of Floor Mirrors

One of the common types of mirrors is the floor mirror which is usually full length or large enough that you can see yourself from head to toe. It comes in different styles, shapes, and sizes, but in general, floor mirrors can be classified under three categories: cheval, traditional, and leaning.

full length swivel mirror

Cheval Floor Mirror

A cheval (a French term which means “horse”) floor mirror comes with a dual-pinned suspension within a frame, so it can be easily adjusted or tilted at various angles. A cheval-style floor mirror is ideal for walk-in closets. No matter what your height is, just tilt the mirror accordingly so you can see your appearance clearly. The mirror will adjust for you.

7ft high lean mirror

Traditional Floor Mirror

Traditional floor mirrors provide a view from head to toe. These can be free-standing or mounted on the wall. These are usually placed vertically, but can likewise be placed horizontally, giving the illusion of wider space, and an ideal location for this would be a narrow entry/passageway.


Leaning Floor Mirror

Leaning floor mirrors, as the name implies, are leaning against a wall, with only the top part touching the wall and the bottom part placed on the floor. These often come with elegant or intricate frames and are used as accent pieces to bedrooms, entryways, living rooms, and other areas.

There are also floor mirrors that are permanently mounted on the wall or a cabinet door in the bedroom or in the walk-in closet for personal use. Other styles are used mainly as decorative pieces in a room. In many large houses, you will find a standing floor mirror situated at the side of a room or right next to the front door. This serves both as a home decor and to brighten up the space.


When it comes to frame materials, most floor mirrors have wooden frames, while others come in gold or silver which gives an antique look and feel and can be great focal points in the room. Prices vary depending on the material used as well as the design.


The size of the frame is another thing to consider. Make sure that it is balanced with the size of the area or space. For instance, a large area calls for a big floor mirror with a solid frame for it to be an effective design element. If the design of the room is simple enough, a mirror with a light frame may suffice.


Placement of the floor mirror should also be looked into. In general, it should stand alone. You may place it in an area that has less “traffic”. A floor mirror is usually designed to be a focal point in the room so it may be better not to surround it with other home decor or furniture.

Floor mirrors are available online at www.mirrorlot.com and in home decor shops and showrooms. They serve as good decorative pieces and are easy to handle since many types do not require any installation. Check several types to see what will work well. You can also seek recommendations from interior design experts.