3 Tips for Moving Mirrors

Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, packing up and transporting your belongings can be a logistical nightmare. Plus, the stress of moving is always made worse by the risk of something you own breaking or getting damaged in the process. Since mirrors are one of the most nerve wracking items to move — after all, no one wants seven years bad luck — we’ve compiled our best tips for transporting your large mirrors safely to your new home.

Buy a dedicated mirror box

It might seem excessive, but mirror boxes are specifically designed to protect mirrors and well worth the extra effort. With four separate pieces of interlocking cardboard, mirror boxes can be adjusted to fit any size mirror. You can also line the pieces of cardboard with bubble wrap for extra cushion and protection. Find your mirror box at any hardware store or moving company, or order online. 

Secure the glass

Next, take some precautionary steps to secure the glass in your mirror. Using painter’s tape, tape an “X” across the surface of your mirror, with tape running from corner to corner. That way, even if the worst happens and your mirror does break, it won’t shatter into several tiny pieces. As an added precaution, cut out a piece of cardboard that is the exact size of your mirror’s interior glass and tape it onto the frame. Finally, wrap the entire mirror in a layer of brown packing paper and a layer of bubble wrap, then secure with packing tape.

Review and label

Now it’s time to put the mirror in your prepared mirror box and see if your protection efforts paid off. When you lift the box and shake it slightly, you shouldn’t feel any shifting or sliding of the mirror inside. If everything feels secure, you can tape your box closed and label the outside with a permanent marker. Be sure to clearly identify the package as fragile.

And that’s it! While it can also be helpful to point out specific boxes to your movers that contain fragile items, your mirror should now be well protected to make your move. Before you know it, you’ll be unpacked and enjoying it in your new location.

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Why Are Mirrors So Enchanting?

In the worlds of fairy tales and folklore, you don’t have to look far to find enchanted mirrors. Whether offering windows to new worlds, holding the secret to a curse or reflecting your true beauty back to you, mirrors have a long-standing reputation for the mythical and magical.

In our line of work, we’ve seen firsthand how a framed mirror can magically transform the appeal of a bathroom, or how a well-placed accent mirror can magically make a room look bigger, so obviously we’re big believers in the enchanted. That’s why today, we’re rounding up four of the most memorable pop culture appearances of enchanted mirrors — just for a fun trip down memory lane.

4 Magical Mirrors From Pop Culture

Beauty and the Beast

Who could forget the Beast’s enchanted mirror that allows the holder to view anything their heart desires? After all, without this magical mirror, Belle never would have seen her father was in need of help.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

It’s one of the most widely repeated mirror quotes of all time: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” We all know the answer in the story is Snow White, but here’s the best part of asking this question to non-magical mirrors: you’ll like the answer you see (*wink*).

Harry Potter

The Mirror of Erised reflects the deepest desires of whoever is looking into it. While this may sound like a nice thing, there’s a reason Dumbledore warns Harry about getting too lost in what the mirror shows. Still, the power of this enchanted mirror spurned an important discussion among Potterheads around the world: what would you see if you looked in the Mirror of Erised?

Alice Through the Looking-Glass

In the sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice climbs through a mirror into a world where logic is reversed. This plays off of the longstanding myth that mirrors provide portals to other dimensions.

While these mirrors may be from fiction, it’s not surprising that so many storytellers rely on the enchanting quality of mirrors to spin their tales. We may be biased, but there’s just something magical about mirrors.

 

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