Why we bought them
We were refurbishing a bathroom and I recalled seeing these cheap and cheerful ikea mirrors, and had the crazy idea that we could mount them in a continuous horizontal strip around the bathroom.
Off to ikea we go
As luck would have it, within a short while of having this idea, an Ikea leaflet dropped on our doormat outlining a half price sale in which these mirrors were included...woopee!
Our nearest ikea is around a two hour drive away, so we would have never made the journey for these alone, but we had several other items to shop for, and we took the opportunity to visit the local shopping centre at the same time.
So what is a Krabb mirror
This rather unfortunately named Ikea product is actually a tall thin mirror cut into a wavy line. There are six waves to each side and the whole mirror measures 160cm x 20cm wide, but in reality it needs a space of at least 25cm wide due to the wavy pattern. They are designed to be hung vertically or hoirizontally as you wish, and in my opinion they look better when hung in groups of two or more.
Ikea also offer a shorter wider version of this mirror measuring 44cm x 40 cm each which comes in a pack of 4 for 8 pounds.
The mirror itself seems very thin and has no frame whatsoever, just plain glass from edge to edge. Mine were supplied with hangers and screws which means they are good for humid area as they didn't rely on an adhesive fixing.
Although they seemed thin and frail, all five of ours survived the journey home, being stored for a couple of months whilst we finished the bathroom, and installation with no chips, cracks or problems, although of course we were as careful as we could be with them.
Packaging an price
These mirrors are packaged extremely simply with just a protective piece of cardboard to each end and a clear celeophane wrapper. We checked very carefully in the warehouse before purchase to make sure ours had no chips or cracks.
At the time these were sold individually at just 5 pounds each and we bought 5 for the bargain price of 2.50 each. Now I see by the Ikea website that they come in packs of two for 10. Still good value I believe, as there has been no actual price rise since I bought mine around 3 or 4 years ago.
I was very pleased with these mirrors overall. Although they seemed frail as the have no backing or frame, we had no problems storing or installing them. In the end we didn't go for a continuous line around the bathroom, as the way these are cut they do not form a continuous line whe placed end to end. Instead we installed three side by side vertically for dressing, and two horizontally along the length of the bath, one above the other, and I must say they looked pretty stylish and bounced light around the room beautifully.
I had no problem with humidity from the bath as these have mechanical fixings. I just polished them up each time I cleaned my bathroom and they always looked good. I have since sold this house, so I am not able to take pictures for this review, but we did live with these mirrors for around 2 years with no problems at all.
When I met my second husband almost eight years ago I was totally stunned when I stepped inside his home for the first time, as it was as if I had been transported into the pages of an Ikea catalogue! Whilst I favour the odd few items from Ikea, his choice was way over the top and when he proposed some time later and we discussed purchasing a home together, serious action was needed to de-clutter the Ikea showroom in readiness for our move. Only a handful of items survived the mass clear out; two of which were their Krabb Mirrors, which were previously available to purchase individually, but they are now sold in a pack of two.
I must admit that I wasn't particularly keen on my mirrors when I first set eyes on them, particularly as my husband had them positioned horizontally, which made them appear a little cumbersome and defeated the object of them being full length. Being the mischievous individual that I am, I was secretly hoping that the removal men would break them during transit to our new home, but alas, they survived the journey, so they are clearly extremely durable.
I favour using mirrors in various rooms throughout my home, as in addition to reflecting light they create the illusion of space. I'm not a fan of oblong or square mirrors, which offers a wide frame, as I find them uninspiring and it is the contemporary curved shape that gives them their appeal when positioned in a horizontal position. The mirrors offer a good thickness and I like the fact that they are not framed with the edges being safe and smooth to the touch.
The mirrors offer a full length with their dimensions of 160 cm in length and 20 cm in width, so they are perfect for witnessing my appearance from head to toe. Whilst they are marketed as being suitable for high humidity areas, ours are situated in our hall way with a further two that we purchased a couple of months ago being situated on the landing. I haven't used them in high humidity areas, but those on the landing are directly outside the bathroom door and have never steamed up when I take one of my hot baths with the door wide open.
The mirrors are each provided with four wall mounting fittings and whilst these are sufficient when hanging them vertically, my husband did not feel them to be secure when fitted horizontally, so he purchased four extra fittings for each. The glass is easy to clean where I use an ordinary glass cleaner or duster, but the frameless edges tend to catch a fair amount of dust, so I regularly need to use a damp cloth to remove it.
Whilst the pack of two mirrors isn't particularly heavy with a weight of 6.5 kg, it is awkward to carry due to its size and I favour the fact that Ikea has not changed the design from my husband's original purchase over eight years ago to our most recent purchase. I am highly impressed with the mirrors, as they provide a perfect reflection (well, I would say that, wouldn't I?), as a high quality glass has been used. They are extremely affordable with the twin pack costing only £10, which is excellent value for money.
This is a pack of two oddly shaped mirrors from Ikea, they are quite eye catching as the wiggly design means you never get a straight reflection of anything, but like everything in Ikea they represent fabulous value for money.
In the pack you get two of these mirrors so that they can be hung with the effect shown in the photo above, we actually have them mounted horizontally in our bedroom above a chest of drawers and they give just the effect we wanted, bouncing light around the room very effectively and providing enough reflection for me to be able to do my hair and make up whilst perched on the end of the bed. I like the wavy shape, it is a bit different!
Although these come with mounting fittings you will need to supply the screws if you want to attach the mirror to the wall and this is what we did. It was very easy to follow the supplied instructions however and actually mount the mirrors, once one of the two is mounted straight it is also very easy to ensure the second is straight and because these are wavy anyway this is the trickiest bit!
It took us around half an hour to mount these mirrors and we were very happy with the result. The width is 20cm and the height is 160cm so these are a good size for use in a bedroom or living room, they certainly make an interesting feature and at the price they are a fab buy.
We've lived all over, we tend to move with my husbands job. Normally we rent an apartment rather than buying a property as we know that we won't be there for too long. I always insist on an unfurnished rental apartment as I don't want to sit on a sofa or sleep on a mattress that you don't know what people have done or spilt on there, yuck!! When furnishing a rental apartment I always drag my husband to Ikea and we buy everything that we need relatively cheaply.
One thing that's always on my shopping list is a full-length mirror, if my husband lived on his own then he wouldn't buy a full-length mirror as he would say that he didn't need one. However I'm sure that the majority of women out there would say that it's essential!
When we lived in Austria a couple of years ago, we bought the Krabb full length mirrors. I'm sure that we only paid 5 or 6 euro for these, they retail for £10 here in Ikea in the UK.
This is actually a two pack of mirrors for your £10, and you do really need to put the two of them up together to create a usable full-length mirror as one on its own just feels a bit skinny. We did try with just the one, as I was initially going to use one in the bedroom and one in the bathroom, but we decided to use the both of them in the bedroom and get another pack for the bathroom as they were so cheap.
Each mirror measures 160cm high and just 20cm wide, so by using the two together you will get a mirror that is 40cm wide.
The Krabb mirrors are wavy mirrors rather rectangular mirrors, and the two mirrors do fit together perfectly as the curves or waves do join up.
The Krabb range of mirrors also includes a 4 pack of wavy square mirrors, we also bought a couple of packs of these and I'm sure that we only paid around 5 or 6 euro for these as well, the square Krabb mirrors retail for £9.99 here in Ikea in the UK.
You can hang the Krabb full-length mirrors either vertically or horizontally, and we hung both of our sets vertically. The mirrors took a while to hang as there's lots of measurements to take as each mirror is hung with 4 silver clip kind of things (really technical there hey!).
We hung the ones in the bathroom behind the bathroom door, and the ones in the bedroom on the bedroom wall. The mirrors were fine hung on both different surfaces. They seemed really secure when hung as the clips held the mirrors at the top, bottom, and at the sides, and so when I was cleaning them I didn't feel like they wobbled or would fall off the wall at all.
I thought that for the low price that we paid these were fine. I don't think that I would buy them again though as I found the line where the two mirrrors met to be a bit disconcerting, it felt a bit like it was cutting me in two! They were cheap and they served our purpose well though, in fact we left them up for the next tennants as they said that they would be happy to have them.
Living in Leeds I am very lucky to have Ikea on my doorstep. I go there regularly as their products are cheap and good quality. We bought these mirrors for the spare room as it was slightly too dark and mirrors always help open rooms up a bit more. I liked the wavy design and I think they look great up. You can buy as many of these as you want and create wild and interesting designs. We use the mirrors as a piece of art and help get more light into the bedroom.
==Price and availability==
These are available from Ikea for £10.00. For this you get two mirrors that are around 160 cm tall and they have the wavy design.
The mirrors are around 20 cm wide and can be hung up vertically or horizontal. They are 160 cm in length and have 6 waves in them. These add a really fun, contemporised look to the mirror. When you buy them they come wrapped in cellophane with a cardboard backing; there is not much protection and we noticed that quite a few of them at Ikea had their corners snapped so just check them before you buy to make sure they are in perfect condition. We bought four packets so we have them running along the back wall of the room in an attempt to make a feature of them. They are very thin but once you hang them up safely they should be fine and free from the danger of being broken. The mirrors do not give you a distorted fairground image but an accurate view of yourself. They are good quality and easy to hand with a picture hanging kit.
I think that these are superb and really good value for money. I can imagine them looking good in a bathroom as the waves could be seen to represent the sea if you were having a maritime theme. They can be used in high humidity areas so they are perfect for the bathroom. I like the way that you can have them vertical or horizontal and it gives you the freedom to personalise your rooms and have them how you want. The mirrors do not have a frame so they can blend into any colour scheme and add an interesting look to any room. As with any mirror they are a haven for finger prints and dust but they polish up lovely with a squirt of windowlene and a dry cloth. I hate having so many mirrors to clean but they look so cool that I think that they are worth it. They bring so much light into the room and it looks like we have a massive open space. I am really impressed with these and for five pounds per mirror you just cannot complain. At first I was curious as to why they were sold in two packs as I wondered if anyone may want to buy them separately, however after seeing the mirrors up, one would just get lost on a wall. You need two to really make an impact.
We have two of these mirrors in our hall, as we wanted a bit more light and thought the mirrors would help reflect more light around. We have them both as full length mirrors as shown, but not next to each other. You can also place them long ways, making them more of an eye-level mirror, and they hang just as well that way.
They were very easy to put up, and have stayed up very well with no wobbling, despite my daughter's enthusiastic hugging of and pulling at them. They are also fairly sturdy, meaning that she can do that. We've dropped things against them accidentally, and had no breakages as well, but I wouldn't want to rely on them not breaking.
My daughter went through a phase of wanting to kiss her reflection, and so I cleaned them a lot when she was tiny. They clean really easily without smears, and look just as good now as they did when we bought them, 4 years ago.
They're narrow, but I can still see all of me in one, and they are tall, so even my 6'2" husband can check his hair in one.
Due to the way the waves are, I can see these looking nice next to each other up a staircase, as you could just stagger them to great effect, but I haven't actually done that.