Standing Mirror with Storage

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standing mirror with storage

This stylish project reflects beauty inside and out.

At first glance, a full-length standing mirror with a built-in storage compartment might seem as simple as hinging together two frames and bolting them between a pair of legs, but as they say, “the devil’s in the details.” The project’s size and storage requirements posed a few challenges that are sometimes overlooked by store-bought competition. Successfully solving these devilish details turned a story assignment into a lovely gift for my wife.

Finding a mirror was easy. After scouting several home centers and department stores, I picked the largest wall-hung mirror and sized the frames to suit. I soon discovered that the mirror was prone to toppling when the door was opened. To prevent this, I designed a frame retainer that could either lock the frame in place when choosing jewelry, or be pivoted out of the way to adjust the mirror’s tilt. To fine-tune storage issues, I met with my in-house jewelry consultant. This assortment of shelves and hooks holds a large collection of jewelry, but I suggest checking with your own in-house expert to ensure that the storage scheme suits the fairest one of all.

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