Product Type: Ikea home furniture
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Ikea Stave Full Length Mirror
Member Name: europe-chick
Ikea Stave Full Length Mirror
Advantages: range of colours, only £20, various ways to hang it
Disadvantages: does leave marks on the wall if you have light walls and you have the mirror free standing
We have this Stave full length mirror from Ikea in our guest bedroom. I wanted to put a full length mirror in there as I think that it nice for guests, female guests especially, to have access to a full length mirror. I did only want a fairly cheap mirror as it isn't for our bedroom, and won't get an awful lot of use. Our guest bedroom furniture is also from Ikea; the Rykene bed and bedside tables. And so I wanted something that would match these. The Rykene furniture is a grey-brown colour wood, and the Stave mirror in the oak colour compliments the Rykene furniture perfectly.
The Stave full length mirror is also available in the following colours; birch, black-brown, white, white-stained oak, and then obviously the oak colour which we have. All of the colours are priced at just £20.
The Stave full length mirror stands 160cm tall, and 40cm 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 you can either mount it vertically, horizontally, or even choose to have it hung vertically but only anchored to the wall at one side so that the mirror turns and tilts from the wall.
As I mentioned we have our mirror free standing, 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, and it seems fairly stable. The mirror comes with a sheet of safety film which you can apply to the glass if you wanted to. 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 (well I guess as close to wood as Ikea get!), and I have to admit that in the oak colour especially it does look quite expensive, and it certainly doesn't look cheap and tacky at all. I like that the design of the mirror is really sleek and simple, with just the slim oak wood surround to the mirror. It's a good usable size full length mirror, however it's not too big that it takes over the whole room.
The simple design and the choice of colours mean that this would work well in most room settings, and go with most decor. You could get a colour to match the rest of your furniture, or contrast with your furniture, or compliment your furniture like we did. This would also lend itself to being used in various rooms, the bedroom, bathroom, hallway etc.
This is easy to keep clean, I just wipe the surround over with a damp cloth, and just use a glass cleaner on the mirror itself.
My only slight gripe with the mirror is that it seems to be leaving 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.
Overall for just £20 I'd definitely recommend this full length mirror.
Summary: mirror, mirror on the wall
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