Comparing Bathroom Cabinet Features

Select the materials and finish that best suit the style and tone you want to achieve in your bathroom design.

There are three different “levels” of bathroom cabinet. As with anything else, the more control you want over the look of your cabinetry, the more it is going to cost!

Pre-Manufactured Bathroom Cabinets

Stock, pre-manufactured, modular units are the most reasonably priced cabinetry for the bathroom, but they are less adaptable than custom or semi-custom units. You’ll have to combine stock parts of a modular system to fit your space, so some units might not fit, you could end up with a few extra units that will need to be bridged with fillers.

Luckily any designer or architect assisting you with your project will have no problem overcoming this obstacle. And unlike custom of semi-custom cabinets, stock units arrive quickly.

Semi-Custom Bathroom Cabinets

The next level of cost is semi-custom cabinets. These are almost as flexible as custom cabinets but are available at a midrange price point. Made mainly of stock components, these units also have added custom features; a good cabinet installer can assemble the pieces for a truly custom look.

Custom Bathroom Cabinets

The most expensive option is cabinetry that is custom designed and built to fit your room. Though most commonly used in kitchens, custom cabinetry can add extra elegance to your bathroom. However, these days with master bathrooms getting larger and taking a more prominent place in the custom high end home market, the ultimate designer bathroom will have cabinets crafted with the same quality and appearance as fine home furnishings. The sky is the limit if you have the budget to go all out with your custom bathroom cabinetry.

Custom cabinets will give your bathroom an upscale designer look; bamboo is becoming more popular as a cabinet material.

Bathroom Cabinet Style and Substance

If you want a sleek look, you’ll probably be drawn to frameless, or Euro-style bathroom cabinets. The doors on frameless units are flush with the outer edge of the cabinet boxes, creating a smooth, contemporary appearance. The construction is ideal for laminates and veneers.

To warm up a contemporary bathroom, consider a wood veneer like maple. If you want to really dazzle your friends, pick a brightly hued laminate. Since the design and color of laminates come from a photographic image that is then bonded to other layers, the choices are quite diverse.

No matter what type of cabinetry you ultimately select, make sure you examine each of the units for signs of quality craftsmanship. For superior durability, interconnected joints, such as dovetails, hold together without nails. The next best options are connections that have a structural bridge: doweled of biscuit joints. Simple butt or lap joints may work themselves loose over time, especially if they’re stapled.

Bathroom Vanity Tips and Ideas

Semi-custom His and Her bathroom cabinets with designer bowl-shaped sink basins create a unique look in this master bath.

If you’re looking for more tips on bathroom cabinetry and vanities, here are some more ideas to consider:

  • Without bathroom vanities, bathrooms would be not much more that a toilet, sink and a tub. So when you select a bathroom vanity, be sure to consider the aesthetic value as well as the practicality and durability of the bathroom vanity.
  • There are numerous things to consider when choosing bathroom vanities. Of course, not everything should be style-related. Other considerations include your budget, durability, and the space of your bathroom.
  • When selecting the right bathroom vanity, you should think first about the size of the bathroom. For a small bathroom, consider an over the toilet cabinet. This kind of cabinet will provide extra storage while only occupying space that was never intended to be of use.
  • A bathroom vanity may be created to use as a medicine cabinet, or even a recessed cabinet. Take note, though, that these things come in varying sizes and styles. Be sure to choose the one that both suit the bathroom and your personal taste.
  • You should carefully consider the things you need to store in the bathroom vanity and the size of your bathroom. This will guide you as to what size to get and what styles are available.
  • Do not as well trap yourself on the storage options of bathroom vanities. Rather place ample amount of attention to such points like the height of the sink. Oftentimes this point is overlooked, but the height of the sink can definitely make a big difference in your daily bathroom rituals.
  • Usually, bathroom sinks reach about 30 inches. However, manufacturers nowadays are beginning to see the benefits of creating taller sinks, about 36 inches instead. Having a taller sink makes it much easier to prepare in the morning, for both men and women, especially for those who are in the hurry to go to school or work.
  • Think about the items that you use in the bathroom; if nobody uses the bathroom but you then you might as well pick a bathroom vanity which can store all your needs, from towels to medicine, soap, shampoo and other bath supplies. However, if you have other housemates, select a bathroom vanity that can store their especial needs as well.
  • After you have gone through the size of the vanity and the size of your bathroom, then you proceed to the aesthetic of your vanity. Bathroom vanities are available in different types of wood. Good options are bathroom vanities made of oak, walnut, maple, and cherry. Also, look for lacquer that will help to showcase the grains in those wood types.
  • There are a wide range of bathroom vanities that you can choose from. You may opt to consider having an open shelved vanity which is comprised of recessed shelves, corner shelves or surface mounted shelves.
  • Another alternative is an over the toilet vanity. This is suitable for almost anyone who is looking for more storage from a limited amount of space. Also try a closet type of vanity, which is good for linen baskets and can be a built in or a freestanding furniture piece.
  • Consider the style of vanity and/or cabinets that you already have; a face frame vanity is one that provides a formal and traditional look to the bathroom. By this, a cabinet box can be used. It hence features framed panel doors with hidden hinges.
  • Consider as well a frameless vanity cabinet attuned to the European style; modern bathroom vanities often incorporate hidden hinges which are easily adjustable.
  • When shopping for bathroom cabinets, examine the drawers, looking for glides that open all the way quietly and smoothly while keeping the drawer horizontal even when fully extended.

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