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Published on July 11th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Make a large mirror for dance

Materials: Stave Mirror (2), various metal brackets, glue, exacto-knife, hacksaw, sander, screws

Description: My daughter has recently taken up dance and for her birthday, we wanted to get her a mirror to practice in. However, mirror sold by dance companies are over the top expensive. In this hack, I attempted to reconfigure 2 Ikea Stave mirrors to become one big dance worth mirror.

Step 1 – remove backing. The mirrors come with a piece of balsa wood (2 each). Remove those by simply pulling them off.

Step 2 – remove one of the long sides of the mirror frame by carefully pulling out the “staple.” Once removed, I used an exacto knife to open up the seam and eventually carefully was able to pull it apart. Once one side is off, simply pull back the wood and the other side will just come off easily. Do this again for the other mirror.

Step 3 – I used a hacksaw and sander to smooth out the edges and was careful to not damage the mirror. The key here is to get the wood and mirror flush so that when you assemble the final piece, the seam is as minimized as possible.

Step 4 – I used 4 metal brackets and glue to put the 2 mirrors together (see pictures). Also, glue the seams of the mirror to be safe. Let it dry for a few hours – I was anxious and didn’t let it try and it messed up my hack a bit.

Step 5 – Once the 2 mirrors are attached, I used metal brackets to secure it to a wall in the basement.

Step 6 – Clean mirror

- I knew the seam would be imperfect even possibly very bad. I think it turned out OK for initial dance needs.

- I considered not using the frame at all and just mounting the mirror directly to the wall, but think it looks a bit nicer this way

~ Marc Sirkin, CT

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15 Responses to Make a large mirror for dance

  1. Markus says:

    Hi, was wondering what size the glass of this stave mirror is with the frame removed? I believe it measures 160 x 40 with the frame. I was hoping to remove the frame and put the mirror into a detolf cabinet, which measures 156 x39. Do you think it would fit?

  2. Hillary says:

    This=AWESOME. Was thinking of doing one of my basement walls in glass like this but was scared away while thinking of price. If I did it myself though I bet it could be much more inexpensive! Great tutorial!

  3. G says:

    Actually, That glass has a film over the mirror in case it does break. This would control the break if it were to occur. How well? Im not sure. I think the foam would be an excellent idea.

    Another thing, you could measure the thickness of the glass, and buy a plastic H joint to go between the glass pieces (Home Depot, Lowes: In window area). This adds to the visible joint, but would add more rigidity. All mirrors have a seam somewhere. 2 X 49.99 for the mirrors, I think this is hard to beat vs getting a custom piece cut.

  4. Eileen says:

    It seems the question boils down to whether the tendency of a human’s appendage to be cut or otherwise injured between the edges of two buckling mirrors is greater or less than the tendency of a mirror to snap under duress and its pieces to fall harmlessly to the floor.

    Not something I’d really want to test on myself or any given member or my family. Suzanne’s concerns are legitimate. Don’t be argumentative.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Yes I agree exactly what your a saying, lets hope this hacker and any other who copies takes this onboard. We both agree a dangerous hack. Your English is indeed very good. Suzanne

  6. Anonymous says:

    By “shock absorption” I mean as support for the glass, instead of styrofoam. Sorry for the grammar I’m extremely tired and english is my third language :)

  7. Anonymous says:

    @Suzanne: Glass would brake, and that is something you fail to understand.

    Styrofoam cant flex because glass that is rigid and is cowering it would not allowed that. Key thing is to make support between mirror and wall. Thing with plywood is that I think it would be to heavy, and that would put to much strain on the frame and joints, making it more unsafe. Thing is that in an event of accident you minimize potential for injury, I don’t think it could be prevented 100%.

    God thing for shock absorption would also be expanding foam (I’m not sure how you call it in english, just type PUR pena in google images) they use it in rally cars for that purpose, and it’s cheap.

    Probably the most important thin to do is to put some kind of self-adhesive film on the back side of the mirror so in a case of accident glass would shatter but would stay in place, preventing major cuts. Crucial thing is to tape it across the middle joint so you give it more strength. You can use any kind of ticker self-adhesive wallpaper, plus you don’t have to worry about bubbles or patterns, since no one would see ti :)

    Sorry for the long post but I couldn’t help it :D And I do agree that many of the hacks are extremely unsafe :(

  8. Anonymous says:

    I think the little girl will appreciate the gift, but the line that divides the 2 mirrors will definitely bother her during rehearsals! As for safety just follow the suggestions of the others!

  9. Anonymous says:


    Please don’t try and patronise me. I am only trying to help, so a serious injury is not caused. I agree your suggestion would maybe work but any flex with styrofoam would not work (Samantha has a better suggestion combined with styroform) but they NEED to put some support behind the glass in order for this to be safe. If you are a award winning furniture designer then you should know this would no pass any safety checks, but maybe your the kind of person who does not consider saftly as a fundamental part of design! This mirror could be exposed to a child for example (and they like to hit/touch mirrors. So imagine two pieces of glass (mirror) butted together supported around the edge but flexing in the middle and they hit that part and got their little hand of foot trapped between the two, it could cut it clean off! Same would apply to an adult if they war to hit it by mistake. (in this case a dancer would be using this) When designing something, you need to think of all the dangers it could cause. If if people are using this site to copy ideas then this post (as it is) in my opinion could me fatal! You may think this is place to boast your qualifications etc, all i’m doing was making a point,this is dangerous and should NOT be copied! I have worked in building standard safety so maybe I’m more aware of possible dangers than you are. There are many hacks that could cause danger from a professional point but this one has to be redesigned. Suzanne (worried fellow hacker)

  10. mydecoreview says:

    The flooring has made the hack even more beautiful

  11. Anonymous says:

    If the hacker is worried, then what about a piece of wood (like 1/4 or 1/2 plywood) at least as big as the mirror and mirror adhesive (like Loctite® PL® 520 Mirror Adhesive or other similar products) and then if you leave some wood exposed, you could screw it into wall studs.
    regular person, familiar with big box stores

  12. Anonymous says:

    ” Acting like giant scissors out of control.”- you clearly don’t know what you are talking about. For a mirror to act like giant scissors it would have to be made from a sheet of metal or a polymer that has similar properties, plus it would have to have a point to pivot around. I think that scenario is highly unlikely. Large glass surfaces can be unsafe, but I think that if you add a sheet of styrofoam to the back of the frame to fill the space between glass and wall it should be safe enough.

    Qualified and award winning wood processing engineer, furniture designer and interior architect

  13. Anonymous says:

    Think this could be very unsafe, there is no support between the joins of glass anymore and because they are not supported directly against the wall (pulled forward with the frame) if she, or someone was to fall or put any pressure on the middle. It could do some really awful damage or worse. Acting like giant scissors out of control. Sorry but I’m just thinking of the safety aspect. Call a local glazer or glass merchant they should be able to cut you one large piece that can be fitted directly on the wall for not much at all. Please consider my post. I don’t recommend anyone doing this hack.

    Qualified Designer/Interior Architect

    • Anonymous says:

      good point but she can support the middle in many ways,whic I agree she should look into but “giant scissor” huh?

  14. marox79 says:

    I think it looks very nice, despite the less than perfect finish that you mention.
    Having a mirror when you (learn to) dance is very important, so I’m sure she’ll appreciate this hack.

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