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Ikea Tranby Mirror
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Ikea Tranby Mirror
Date: 23/09/12, updated on 23/09/12 (223 review reads)
Advantages: matches bathroom decor perfectly, funky design
Disadvantages: only the centre portion of the mirror is the usable portion of the mirror
We have this Tranby mirror from Ikea in our bathroom. I actually only bought it initially as a short term solution mirror as I couldn't find a bathroom mirror that I really wanted, however it's now been up in our bathroom for over a year now and I've decided that it's here to stay as I really do like it.
This was just £10 from Ikea just over a year ago, however it now retails for £11, hardly expensive at £11 though. It's a circular mirror and it's 50 cm in diameter.
It's a really funky design as it has a regular circular mirror in the middle, which is then surrounded by lots of little mosaic square mirror tiles. Ikea state that each mirror is handmade and so is therefore unique, by this I guess that they mean that the mosaic tiles are stuck on by hand and so no two mirrors will be the same.
I think that the design of this mirror lends itself really well to positioning in a bathroom due to the tiled effect on the mirror which is reminiscent of bathroom tiles. This works especially well in our bathroom as we do have a border of small mosaic bathroom tiles in various shades of grey running around the bathroom, and so I think that the mosaic tiled mirror compliments the bathroom mosaic tiles perfectly.
Ikea do state that this mirror is suitable to use in high humidity areas, i.e. the bathroom, and we've had no problems at all with our mirror. I did wonder if the small mirrored mosaic tiles may fall off over time, with regular cleaning, and with the damp and the condensation in a bathroom, but they haven't, in fact the mirror still looks as good as new.
This is easy enough to keep clean, I just wipe it over with a damp cloth and glass cleaner. Even the small mirrored mosaic tiles are easy to clean this way, as long as I don't use a cloth or a duster that 'sheds' then just a quick wipe over is sufficient. If I've used a cloth or duster that 'sheds', or if I've used a tissue or kitchen roll over the mosaic tiles then the edges of the tiles can catch and pick up fibres from the cloth or tissue and so I'll need to wipe it over again and sometimes actually pick out the fibres individually. So the moral of the story here be careful which cloth you choose to wipe the mirror over with.
Our only real problem with this mirror was actually deciding at what height to hang this above the bathroom sink. This really only stemmed from our total differences in height though; I'm 5'4''-5'5'', and my husband is 6'4''. Only the middle portion of the mirror is the usable portion of the mirror and so we struggled with positioning the mirror at a height where the middle portion of the mirror was suitable for both of us to use; i.e. I wouldn't be up on my tip toes to look in the mirror, and my husband wouldn't be bent double to see in the mirror! If the whole of the mirror had been usable then we wouldn't have struggled so much trying to position it at a usable height for both of us. As it is, it's actually a compromise for both of us, I have to rise up a bit and there's lots of empty space way above my head in the mirror, and my husband does have to duck slightly. It's not the end of the world though and it does work well enough for both of us.
Summary: mosaic mirror
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