Thinking to buy a new bathroom cabinet… It is better to consider the room size, layout and style.
When buying a new cabinetry for your bathroom you should have a well-thought out plan. Compile a list of your day in the life of your bathroom questions and other bathrooms goals. Put them on a worksheet and then ponder what exactly will suit your demands.
Not to mention – budget is the most important thing.
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Bathroom Cabinet Buying Guide
Bathroom cabinets provide you essential storage space for organizing your bathroom properly and they also serve as a support for the bathroom sink.
So, without further ado, let us find out what exactly you need to know before you buy a bathroom cabinet storage.
Type of Cabinet Quality
Though bathroom cabinets are similar to kitchen cabinetries, here are the four basic quality grades they come in:
- RTA: These are probably the cheapest cabinets you will find on the market. Not to mention that quality wise they aren’t reliable. Material and construction are relatively poor and wouldn’t last long. These cabinets come boxed and requires assembly
- Stock: This cabinet is easily affordable and comes in different varieties of door style, size and materials
- Semi-Custom: These cabinetries come in several different door and drawer styles, materials and finished and is measures in 3-inch increments. Important to note that these cabinetries don’t provide a fully tailored fit
- Custom: Custom cabinets are completely adapter to suit almost any type given space. There is no restriction on the style, material type, finish and other decorative elements. However, these tend to be pretty expensive and can take pretty long to be delivered
They all use two main construction approaches: face framed and frameless.
Different Kinds of Bathroom Cabinets
Though bathroom cabinetries have a pretty much similar style but here are three main kinds of frames you will come across.
1: Face-Frame Cabinets
These cabinets have a frame made out of 1-by-2 hardwood on the front of the ¾-inch plywood or particleboard cabinet box. This type of frames gives rigidity to the cabinet, providing strong base for the hinges.
The door or draw front have an overlay frame which can be flush or offset. These bathroom cabinets have visible hinges on the front.
You also wouldn’t find any top panel on this kind of cabinet. This is because of the added rigidity to the frame. These cabinets usually have an integral base and can easily be assembled in an irregular wall. This way you can always use low-quality materials for cabinet sides.
2: Frameless Cabinetries
These cabinets look like large rectangular boxes having panels finished on both the sides and a nice-looking lamination. This type of frame has 32-mm drill holes increment vertically along each side panel and you have to use European hinges to fit them. Along with that you will also need cabinet joinery fittings, drawer slides, shelf pins and other hardware as well.
Frameless bathroom cabinets have flush doors and hidden hinges which is great. They also have solid top and the back and base units are usually mounted on top of a separate plinth or tow kick of the frame.
3: Freestanding Bathroom Cabinets
Think of a piece of furniture, the freestanding cabinetries look like that. They have a vanity and a small chest which is usually designed for drawers. These types of frames are probably the most commonly used in households.
Their frame has legs which gives them a bulky feel as compared to the conventional cabinets whereas the fit in perfect in minimal space bathrooms.
These cabinets work well with bathroom sink that sits on top of the counter. This way, the bowl of won’t consume cabinet space and you can easily assembly.
Drawers Are a Must!!!
Whichever cabinet you choose or the design you select make sure that it has drawers that are at least 3/8-inch to 1/2 -inch thick. Another thing to consider is that the drawers should be snug inside their boxes, should open quietly and glide smoothly.
We recommend opting for wood sides and dovetail joinery as they are of the highest quality construction but they are expensive as well. On the other hand, if you want to go for an affordable option plywood, fiberboard and particle board are a perfect choice for drawers.
Material & Finish
Bathrooms have to bear a lot of wear and tear. It is important for you when choosing the material and finish that it can easily withstand the heat, water and moisture due to humidity. Most of the cabinets you will come across are constructed from plywood, particleboard and medium density fiberboard box along with solid wood door and drawer faces.
However, with an increase of price, you will be able to find different types of materials and finished.
Some bathroom cabinets have nice and sleek looking stained, glazed, antique and distressed finished with exotic woods and lamination. This really bring luxury to your bathroom vanity space. We discourage using veneers in bathroom as they peel quickly.
Prepare a list of things you will be normally storing in your new cabinetry and only then you should decide on a design. Having a double sink vanity means more storage space whereas a narrow vanity will give more floor space.
If you have a power room or half bath, go for freestanding vanities and cabinetries detached from wall on either side.
Ideally, bathroom cabinets are 32 inches tall and around 18-21 inches deep. We recommend choosing a cabinet that is made from materials approved by Environmental Stewardship Program (EPS) seal.
Accessories & Other Hardware – Don’t Miss Out on These
Last but not the least, the style of your cabinet’s door and other decorative items on it can really enhance the overall curb appeal of your bathroom. Some decorative accessories like posts, pilasters and wainscoting can customize the look of your cabinet.
Like the drawers and doors look the best when they are well coordinated, same goes for hardware like hinges, knobs and pulls. Any irregularity in anything can really make it look worse.
You should also look for extra features like pull-out hair dryer draw along with electrical outlets installed inside the doors and may be a wire clothing hamper draw as well.
Consider the accessories that are for ease of use. Some mid and high-end cabinets have plenty of features. You should look out for your needs and then buy one.
I hope this buying guide was helpful for you in choosing the best bathroom cabinet storage. Do check out our top recommendations that we have for you.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in comments. We’ll be happy to help you out.