Full Length

Aside from a $9 Target mirror I scrimped for in college (which was unfortunately dubbed a fat mirror; you know the kind), I’ve never owned a legitimate full length mirror. This realization is usually met in (mock) horror by my girlfriends, which I’ve never understood until last night.

After an Ikea day last week, Scott and I picked up – on a whim, among other items – the full length Stave in white. The hinges sold us (it swings out from the wall! Genius!), it’s thick and sturdy, and it was a very reasonable $39. In addition, it was one of those rare Ikea items that was made with quality-ish materials, reflecting a very normal-sized, very accurate “us.”

Ladies, I am sold on the full length. I can see my shoes. I can double check the pet fur on my backside and lint roll my jeggings (yeah, I said it) before walking out the door.

Oh, and it reflects light down the hall and yadda yadda, too.

We snapped the above phone photo last night while it was propped against our laundry door – reflecting our current messy hall, paint stained jeans, Jackie paws and all. Ten minutes later it was hung in a hidden hallway nook so it can swing towards the bedroom, making it easier for that out-the-door clothes check. When not in use, it stays flat against the wall. Again, genius.

In the midst of Operation Studio chaos, it felt really, really good to check off one project. An unplanned project, but a satisfying one nonetheless.

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  • Miranda @boucksy1.23.12 - 12:08 PM

    I am in dire need of a full length mirror, but seeing as how we have no doors on our closets yet (we ripped out the side by sides when we moved in because you could only access 2 feet of the closet at a time! – what a waste.) and I’m not sold on the idea of putting it on the backside of our door to our bedroom…I’m not sure where to put it.

    Love this so much, though. Dang you Ikea for being 8 hours away in every direction from Omaha, Nebraska. *sigh*ReplyCancel

  • Andrea B1.23.12 - 12:14 PM

    Nice! My wheels are turning … maybe I need to get a full-length mirror …ReplyCancel

  • Jill1.23.12 - 12:19 PM

    I’m buying that mirror STAT! All i’ve got is a $9 meijer one i bought in college thrown in the back of a closet somewhere and never know if my outfit looks as good as it could. But i guess i do save time that way. HahaReplyCancel

  • Kim1.23.12 - 12:22 PM

    You guys, I never understood the hype until we got this! It’s a life changer. So weird, but true.

    Jill, get it! The great thing about the hinges is that you can also place it strategically opposite another mirror. If I angle this just right, I can see my entire backside through our bedroom mirror.ReplyCancel

  • Kim1.23.12 - 1:04 PM

    Yeah, after I bought my first full length mirror (Ikea’s Krabb) to avoid having to stand on the bathtub ledge to see my full self, I’ve never looked back! (Except to check the view from the back hehe.)

    That’s awesome that it has hinges!ReplyCancel

  • Amy1.23.12 - 1:39 PM

    This is funny- I need a full-length mirror too! I stand on the edge of the tub, ducking under the shower curtain rod, to see as much as I can in my little bathroom mirror. It’s not enough though; I leave the house not knowing if my outfit looks totally ridiculous (sometimes it does). I also checked out the Target fun house mirrors before turning and walking quickly away.

    Thanks for the recommendation!ReplyCancel

  • Kim1.23.12 - 2:04 PM

    I don’t own a full length mirror, but I’m starting to think I should! I know I look good waist up, but it isn’t until I get in front of a full length that it really hits me-girl needs to lose weight! My small mirror keeps me in denial, but the full length may be what I need to get me motivated. :)ReplyCancel

  • Two Grads1.23.12 - 7:36 PM



  • Katharine1.23.12 - 7:43 PM

    This is hilarious. It is SO important to be able to lint roll your jeggings!! No seriously, I did it this morning.

    P.S. I love your apartment. And the grey kitty in the second picture.ReplyCancel

  • Ms. SpoolTeacher1.23.12 - 9:26 PM

    “I was looking back to see if you were looking back to see if I was looking back to see if you were looking back at me.” Buck Owens
    Cute post.ReplyCancel

  • Joy1.25.12 - 10:13 PM

    Oh, and nice mirror ;-)ReplyCancel

    • Kim1.25.12 - 11:18 PM

      Joy, she doesn’t get enough attention on the blog, that’s for sure! (the header doesn’t count…)ReplyCancel

  • Lauren L.2.16.12 - 11:52 PM

    Full length mirrors are AMAZING! We got our first one as a wedding gift and I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Soyon2.23.12 - 10:14 AM

    I was looking for a mirror like this, but wasn’t sure such a thing existed! Will be making a trip to IKEA soon. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Frank3.16.17 - 8:50 PM

    just found this page about an IKEA hinged mirror I’ve never noticed before.

    this is interesting to me as I’ve NEVER noticed a hinged mirror anywhere before – except I built one in our bathroom – knowing the usual right-angle or opposite wall mirrors don’t actually let you see your side or behind easily.

    I carefully calculated angles and put a cheap 12″x42″ mirror on a backing board screwed to brass wall hinges (wet area) in my small bathroom – it’s in the corner over the bath (carefully calculated for height so doesn’t interfere with bath use) and about a 30 degree angle from the vanity mirror – so I can stand in front of the vanity mirror at a 45 degree angle and see my full side view – or turn my back to the corner mirror and see my full back view.

    As I’ve said – even in store dressing rooms where I figured they would have worked this out long ago – I have never seen this setup of two mirrors at an angle to each other allowing you to see yourself in full-length side and rear view.

    So yeah you can do it too – the corner mirror is about 64″ away from and at about 45 degree angle to facing the centre of the larger vanity mirror – and AFAIK it’s unique. Perhaps because of the complex calculation it took me to decide before I installed it.

    But the trick is to have a hinged mirror so you can adjust it to suit – and now I’ve discovered this IKEA Stave hinged mirror (but not for sale at my local stores – discontinued ?) – if you can find it you can relatively easily do it yourself !

    Of course YMMV with different sized bathrooms or rooms and furniture placements in the way where you’d think to put this – but generally as a six-footer I’ve found the 42″ long mirror shows me full length if the bottom is 29″ above the floor (test it with smaller kids if interested).ReplyCancel


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