A comfortable and stylish bathroom mirror height provides a clear reflection of yourself and others, while also complementing the overall design of the space—or even serving as a centerpiece.
When determining the ideal luxury bathroom mirror placement over a vanity, the correct height is important for both style and functionality. Here are some of our favorite visual examples of how to implement a sensible bathroom mirror height.
Eye Level Bathroom Mirror Height
To ensure you get the most out of your bathroom mirror, it should be hung at eye level of whoever will be using it. You may be able to use average heights as a starting point. For example, the average height of Americans is 5 feet 10 inches for men and 5 feet 3 inches for women. Adjust as needed for your household.
Measuring Your Bathroom Mirror Height: Above or Behind the Sink Faucet
One of the main considerations when hanging a bathroom mirror is where it is placed in relation to the faucet. Generally, you want to avoid obstructing any view of the mirror with a faucet spout. For this purpose, the standard bathroom mirror placement tends to reside between 5 and 10 inches above the highest part of the faucet.
Of course, the style of faucet you are working with directly impacts this decision. The space between the sink and mirror may differ whether you have a deck-mount or wall-mount faucet, along with a tall or low spout.
Tall Spout Faucets
A tall spout faucet serves as a stately focal point in the bathroom. And as you might expect, a taller faucet often requires a higher mirror placement.
If you have a tall spout, it may not be practical to hang the mirror 5 to 10 inches above it. Instead, you can try 5 to 10 inches above the faucet handles. In this case, there may only be 1 or 2 inches separating the mirror and the tallest part of the faucet.
In the above picture, one of our Craft Series bathroom mirrors with an aged brass frame is paired with an unlacquered brass faucet with a tall spout, creating a warm and cohesive design.
Low Spout Faucets
If you’re working with a low spout faucet, you have much more versatility when hanging your bathroom mirror above a sink. While 5 to 10 inches above the faucet is the norm, you can adjust these measurements according to your unique project and personal preferences.
It's becoming more popular to mount a bathroom faucet to the wall instead of within the sink, which is a suitable approach for both single and double vanities. For a clean and balanced look, consider placing a wall-mount faucet 3 to 5 inches above the sink, and center it with the mirror.
Pro designer tip: Consider pairing a wall-mounted faucet with a vessel sink for a luxurious aesthetic. Match the finish of your faucet to your mirror frame for ultimate visual cohesion.
Recommended Bathroom Mirror Height Above the Floor
If you’re trying to figure out where to install your mirror in relation to the floor, you’ll have to consider a few things, including the height of your vanity and ADA compliance.
Most bathroom vanity heights are between 32 and 36 inches tall, though this may be taller or shorter depending on who will primarily be using the space. Given a standard mirror placement of 5 to 10 inches above the faucet, bathroom mirrors may generally sit about 40 inches above the ground.
Pro designer tip: Floating and modular bathroom vanities offer customizable heights for those who are significantly shorter or taller than the average person.
ADA-Compliant Bathroom Mirror Height
According to the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, a bathroom mirror above a countertop should be installed so the edge of its reflecting surface is at a maximum height of 40 inches above the floor. Furthermore, the top edge of the mirror should have a minimum height of 74 inches from the floor for it to be accessible to those with disabilities.
Pro designer tip: In order to accommodate people with varying heights and abilities, consider installing a single full length mirror.
Mirror Shape and Size
It is also important to consider the size and style of your bathroom mirror when determining how high to hang it.
Round and Oval Mirrors
You should center the lowest curve of a round or oval mirror above the faucet when hanging it.
Square and Rectangular Mirrors
In the case of a square or rectangular mirror, it is necessary to keep the mirror parallel to your vanity.
Uniquely Shaped Mirrors
If you have a mirror with a nonstandard shape, the best approach is to choose a height that suits your needs. The most functional location for it will be eye level, regardless of whether it is mounted in accordance with the standards mentioned above.