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Old 08-15-2003, 10:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
Location: Vancouver
How to get a mirror on the ceiling over the bed

After watching Basic Instinct, the idea is too sexy to pass. I don't really plan to do it soon, but I just want an idea of how, so at first opportunity, it may be done.

So, my idea is not to have any ugly nails poking out, showing up etc, all i really want visible is the mirror [and frame, assuming wood] and at the same time not to worry for my safety. So...what would be a sturdy way about this? If it's really quite dumb to do this by myself, what sort of people should i call? carpenters?

-poor is the man whose pleasure depends on the permission of another-
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Old 08-16-2003, 08:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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you could use glue to glue it to the ceiling, depending on the weight of the mirror. you could also use combination of long, thin nails and glue so that the nails would not be seen.
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Old 08-16-2003, 10:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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A friend with a router and a miter saw and you're in business. Cut a rabbett in some 3/4" pieces of oak, miter the corners around the mirror and screw them into the ceiling joists. (If this isn't possible, use some expandable anchors to hold the weight).

Happy boning!
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Old 08-16-2003, 12:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Mirror tiles would be a quick and easy, but not so classy way of doing it, since they'll adhere to the root quite happily.

(Mind you, I'm not sure there is a classy way to do this...)

Otherwise, as was suggested upthread, a framed mirror is the best bet, since you can anchor the frame. Make sure the frame is anchored to beams, not plaster.

If you aren't experienced with this sort of thing, it's best finding someone who is; a big pile of glass landing on you in the middle of the night would be less than pleasant.
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Old 08-16-2003, 02:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
Location: Vancouver
^-^ thank you everyone, those comments were appreciated...the router, miter things sound like the best bet. Due to unwillingness of having tragically humourous tales in the future, strong glue is not something i would feel comfortable handling. Again, thanks a lot
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Old 08-16-2003, 10:50 PM   #6 (permalink)
Location: In the garage, under the car.
You ought to use anchors at the edges AND strong glue such as Liquid Nails. Don't take any chances.

Make sure the anchors are placed where there are joists or beams in the ceiling....which may require modifying the size of the mirror to get it just right. I wouldn't feel safe having it anchored to just drywall.
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Old 08-17-2003, 07:54 AM   #7 (permalink)
Location: P.R. Mass.
Also plan ahead for either getting a few friends to help lift and support (supporting the entire length) of the mirror while the hanging process takes place (better would be to rent a drywall lift.)

If you do go the rabbet approach, I would either recommend that you set the rabbets way back in the stock if you use oak as that species has an open grain configuration and is not as strong in such applications (for supporting lots of weight with minimal stock ) 1x is OK but 5/4 is better OR choose a tight grain hardwood species for the frame (maple, cherry, poplar are decent choices.)
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Old 08-18-2003, 07:23 AM   #8 (permalink)
Location: 3 feet high and rising
a mirror above the headboard is a very nice (and easier) alternative. All you need to do is have the top lean a bit away from the wall so that it is angled properly towards the mattress.

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Old 08-18-2003, 06:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Location: Over here
a really cheap easy way to do this (albeit maybe with less-wonderful results) is with a large sheet of shiny mylar which you can glue onto the ceiling with wallpaper paste...
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Old 08-21-2003, 08:23 PM   #10 (permalink)
wish i had a mirror over my bed

*walks to the store* :P
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Old 08-21-2003, 10:33 PM   #11 (permalink)
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"Why would anyone want a mirror over their bed?"

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Old 08-23-2003, 02:13 AM   #12 (permalink)
Location: Midwest
mirror tiles are the quick and easy way (notice I didn't say classy), did that one in college and they never fell and I was able to get them off and clean up reasonably well when I moved out.

for a more professional look get a nice mirror (can by a 'thin' glass one since it won't be bumped or moved) and use any of the brands of construction adheasive. Push them up good by making a lumber frame, can be as easy as a rectangle of 2x4's, pad that and wedge it up with a couple more holding it tight against the ceiling for at least an hour (adheasive will have time). It will stay up there and will probably be a real bitch if you have to remove it.
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Old 08-23-2003, 04:31 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Another thing is to get a standing mirror... the kind that is usually oval and has a stand that allows the mirror to pivot about half way up the side of the mirror.

You can move it around and put it where ever you wish... It isn't over the bed but... you get the idea.
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Old 08-23-2003, 11:41 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Location: Silicon Valley, CA
I wouldn't do this project myself; a large pane of glass falling on you could be serious.
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Old 08-23-2003, 02:10 PM   #15 (permalink)
Location: Texas
First off, using the ceiling joists and 2 bys is a must. there ARE lighter weight mirrors out there specifically designed for that sort of thing. Additionally, I personally would rent a ceiling sheetrock jack to put it up, it's designed to lift sheetrock and hold it into place for ceilings, and SHOULD work just fine. Make sure it's VERY carefully and completely anchored.
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Old 08-26-2003, 11:54 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Location: New England
Originally posted by micah67
"Why would anyone want a mirror over their bed?"

-- Monk
Actually, I'd have to agree with that. My wife and I spent a night in one of those motels, and while the lighting and wall mirrors were very nice, the ceiling mirror was way too weird. I mean, the perspective is all wrong, it's like you have antigravity friends.

But hey, to each his own, don't let me stop you. But perhaps you should try a sexmotel before you go through all the effort.
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Old 08-26-2003, 07:25 PM   #17 (permalink)
Location: 3rd coast area
Originally posted by micah67
"Why would anyone want a mirror over their bed?"

-- Monk

A quick glance up will reveal who's doing the snoring.
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Old 09-08-2003, 08:13 PM   #18 (permalink)
Location: Lovely City #1
Hahaha...though seriously I see you are in Vancouver. If you were in a "earthquake" country area I would not recomend any sort of mirror over head. My uncle had a mirror not on the ceiling but above his head on the wall where he slept. He lives in California and a few years back (1994) or so when the last pretty major quake occured the mirror flew down and probably would have shattered right on his face if not for complete luck that his dog woke him up extra early for some reason.

Basically though I just said this so you know that a mirror slamming down on you is bad
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Old 09-08-2003, 08:25 PM   #19 (permalink)
good ideas. I would definitely use CONSTRUCTION ADHESIVE on the back of the mirror even after screwing the frame into the joists.

i would also have someone else do the gluing cause it takes me three days to get that shit off my hands (even if I am wearing gloves that stuff still finds its way on me)
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