The use of mirror furniture arose first during the twelfth century AD. But the mirrors used back then were made of metals such as bronze and gave off warped and unseemly images. In history, it was Venice that first established itself as a pioneer in mirror production and started incorporating mirrors in its various furniture works. The mirror furniture was highly expensive and was possessed only by the ruling societies as an icon of sumptuousness and royalty. Dressing stations were the first form of mirror furniture made and people could use them for vanity purposes. Also in those days another wide application of mirrors was in candle holders. These were to be used by the sophisticated elite class. However the art didn’t stay within the confines of Venice for a very long time. Venetian artisans and craftsmen eventually sold their ideas to the neighboring countries. Soon after, it started flourishing in Paris and England, particularly London, but all the while with the rudimentary type of mirror.

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Mirror furniture as we see around us today came into rise only in the late seventeenth and the eighteenth centuries. This was when mirrors got their metal foundation and glass surfaces. But it was not until the 1800’s that mirror furniture were made accessible to the general public. This is the period which witnessed a hike in the mirror making industry when mirrors’ quality was improved and extensive production begun. In the 1920’s when the art deco movement picked momentum, mirror furniture shot up in fame and was in the limelight. In the 1950’s it became even more famous when celebrities like Marlyn Monroe advertised their use of mirror furniture. The Hollywood also made a pitch for mirror furniture in screens small and big. Soon this type of furniture made its way into homes across Europe and America. In the 1980’s however, it suffered a setback owing to its widespread use in furniture of minimal qualities and its lost vigor.  But it has made a huge comeback in the modern times and is in much demand till date.


If you have some patience and time, by following a few steps you can make your own mirror furniture using certain simple materials available in any home store. Any mundane piece of furniture at home or an old, second hand piece available for low cost can be given an astounding makeover right there in your place in a matter of lesser than two days by turning it into dazzling mirror furniture. Also, this way you can save a great amount of money.

The first step in making your own mirror furniture is sanding. Once the entire piece of furniture is sanded using a sander, the step that follows is priming. Primer cans have directions printed on their rear side. You may want to use a metallic finish spray paint for this purpose to get a thick and professional look. After the furniture dries, it’s time for some painting. An aluminum metallic paint is a great choice for this step. Multi-layer coating is necessary for best results. The final step is fixing glass or acrylic mirrors pre-cut to the dimensions of the furniture using mirror mastics. That’s it. Your mirror furniture is ready! Adornment with ready-made mirror coasters, pretty beads or even knobs for functional reasons is an additional option.


There is no question about the glam mirror furniture offers to any interior. Happening to be both fashionable and functional it is sure to attract the attention of anyone who steps in its vicinity. There are numerous benefits of utilizing mirror for an interior. Integrating mirror and furniture which is a functional necessity is an intelligent designing option.


Nothing enlivens and brightens a room like mirror furniture does. Usually a room rich with mirror furniture does not require much artificial lighting during the day. Using no extra lightings, it gives its surrounding a unique energy and life just by making maximum use of the natural sunlight that enters into the space. In case the space also has other lighting sources such as bulbs, then it’s just extra beneficial! Both the sunlight and the light from the interior are reflected to create a gleaming and cheerful interior. So, the result of using mirror furniture is nothing but a lively, bright and cheerful space! Especially if a particular space seems dark, dull and boring, installing mirror furniture can be a wise idea because these mirrors simply bounce off every light that falls on them, doing their best to brighten up a given space.

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A mirrored dressing station or desk fitted with a light bulb helps diffuse the illumination far and even by reflecting the light uniformly over a large distance. Also when such furniture is placed opposite to a window or a source of light, it helps maximize the brightness and light prevailing in the room manifold.


One of the biggest advantages of utilizing mirror furniture is that it creates an illusory expanse and makes the room appear much larger than it actually is. And this concept is a cool trick used by interior designers all over the world. An enclosed and cramped space can be made to look much more liberal and inviting by just mirroring the furniture present in it. The reflection of the room on the furniture creates an illusion as if the room is double its real size.


Maintenance of mirror furniture involves neither any difficulty nor trick. Just spray some glass cleaner and wipe off with a soft cloth. Or else vinegar can be used for the same task. Usually high quality and highly polished mirrors are not used on furniture. Hence an ordinary cloth will fit the purpose. However on the contrary, if such mirrors are used or if you want to go an extra step in taking care of your beautiful mirror furniture, using a microfiber cloth for cleaning pays off well. This will make your furniture appear new and fresh forever.

Durability of this kind of furniture is an important factor. Scratch resistant mirrors used in mirror furniture help conceal the age of the furniture unlike painted or varnished wood. Almost always people tend to reject mirror furniture because they misconceive it to be much more fragile and non-durable than they really are.  But what we have to understand is that the solid framework and the stability of the furniture itself offer an added durability to the mirrors on it. And after all, mirrors, especially acrylic mirrors are considerably strong materials. Plus when used with heavy furniture such as dressing stations and dining table there are not much risk involved.