“ Brand: Ikea / Type: Mirror „
We have this full length Songe mirror from Ikea in our bedroom.
Ikea have a few different shaped mirrors in the Songe range; they have the full length mirror pictured above - which retails at £115, they have a 72cm diameter round mirror - which retails at £55, and they have a 91cm x 130cm rectangular mirror - which retails at £95.
This is an absolutely huge mirror, it stands 197cm tall, and it's 91cm wide. You can choose to have the mirror either wall mounted or free standing, we chose to just have ours free standing. If you do choose to wall mount the mirror then the mounting fittings are included, however the fixing devices i.e. the screws and wall plugs are not included as these will differ according to the type of wall that you will be mounting it on. If you do choose to wall mount the mirror then the weight will be a big consideration, as this weighs a whopping 24kg. Ikea also recommend that even if you choose to have the mirror free standing, then you must still anchor it to the wall with the enclosed fittings. This is obviously just to cover themselves in case it topples over and falls onto someone, and depending where and how you position it, it's probably not necessary.
As I mentioned we have our mirror free standing, and we haven't anchored it to the wall, we have set it at a slight angle away from the wall, so that it tilts backwards against the wall. I think that it's fine and secure like this, I think that the sheer weight of the mirror actually helps to keep it stable. The mirror comes with a sheet of safety film which you can apply to the glass if you wanted to. Again we haven't used this as I don't think that we need it, plus I didn't want to end up with the safety film application getting botched and there being creases and bubbles under the safety film. I do think that this is a good addition for peace of mind for some people though.
The mirror surround is made of wood, and then 'painted' a matt silver. It actually looks like a layer of aluminum foil has been applied to the mirror surround, the matt side of the aluminum foil. It doesn't look cheap or tacky though, it actually looks really expensive, well I guess that it wasn't exactly cheap at £115, but compared to similar sized mirrors that I saw in John Lewis and other places then it was actually fairly reasonably priced. It's easy to keep clean, I just wipe the surround over with a damp cloth, and just use a glass cleaner on the mirror itself.
This mirror looks brilliant in our bedroom, our bedroom is really large and so can easily accomodate this large mirror without it looking odd. Because the mirror is so large it is a real focal point in our bedroom. The mirror stands out instantly and looks really quite cool, modern and funky. The design of the surround is really quite simple and sleek with the the wood just being slightly bevelled for a bit of interest. I also like that the mirror isn't a perfect rectangle, I like that it has the two curved top corners, again to create a bit of interest. I think that this makes the mirror look more expensive, and slightly classier than a perfect rectangular mirror.
My only slight gripe with the mirror is that it seems to be leaving black marks on my cream walls where the top edge is resting against the wall. I guess that so long as I don't actually decide to move the mirror then this shouldn't really be a problem though.