Building your very own dance studio has advantages. The most obvious benefit of building a small home dance studio is being able to rehearse your freestyle or choreography at home without having to go anywhere to practice (we all know how difficult it can be to find the motivation to leave the house sometimes, especially after a busy day of work.) And in the case of building your own dance facility with mirrors and wood floors - well, that’s the first and most crucial step to becoming a studio owner!
There are a few different types of mirrors that can work for your home dance studio. Some mirrors will work under different circumstances, and may better fit your studio space. This short guide is here to help point you in the right direction towards what types of mirrors will best suit your future dance studio, no matter the size.
Mirrors for a large studio space
For a large studio space, particularly anything larger than 1,000 square feet, especially a rectangular space, will need a long enough mirror to make sure that everyone in the studio can be seen in the mirror. In a home studio space, you’ll have to decide whether you want floor to ceiling mirrors, or if you are satisfied with just a 3 or 4 foot tall mirror mounted at around chest level. You can find a 3 foot tall mirror fairly easily through Craigslist. Usually, these are vanity mirrors that people are just trying to get rid of when they remodel their bathrooms. Obviously, floor to ceiling mirrors are preferably, since the entire body can be seen and it has a more professional look. The downside is obviously a difference in price, since it’s more difficult to find used full, 7 feet tall mirrors, and you’ll most likely have to buy them new.
The first step is to measure your studio space that you want to cover with mirrors. Make sure you measure from the very end of the wall. You will absolutely need to buy borderless mirrors, and a good amount of mirror mastic, which is the specialized glue that will hold the mirrors onto the wall.
Mirrors for a small space
In a small studio space, you won’t need to fill the entire space with mirrors, but just a small section of it. If the space is in the range of a few hundred square feet, you are better off buying a series of small mirrors rather than one single sheet of glass. Large sheets are difficult to cut safely, and shouldn’t be done by yourself. Instead, you can opt for small mirrors that can fit any unusual sized rooms.
Think about a basement dance studio. Maybe, the best wall you have happens to be underneath the stairs, a really awkward shape that is difficult to fill with a large mirror. A series of small, 1 foot by 1 foot mirrors would be a perfect fit. Measure your space, and buy the correct number of mirrors. Small, borderless mirrors are easily available at Wal-Mart or Target. Either acrylic or glass would be perfect, although acrylic might be slightly safer to use.