The Most Frequently Asked Questions about Medicine Cabinets
How big should my medicine cabinet be?
Proper measuring will tell you how big your cabinet can be. Begin by measuring the distance between your lighting fixture and the sink’s countertop. Your cabinet should be a few inches shorter than this measurement to allow some space between it and the lights and sink. Determine the width by measuring the width of the vanity. The cabinet should be this width as well or slightly smaller. If you have the lighting attached to the cabinet, you have a little more freedom with the height. Consider where you want the cabinet hung and how much of your body you want to be viewable in the mirror.
What materials are medicine cabinets made from?
Bathroom cabinets can be made from several different materials. Plastic is an affordable option that is easy to clean and lasts a long time. Wood offers a warmer feeling to the room and can be made to match the vanity for a more uniform appearance. Stainless steel cabinets can also be beautiful while still being durable and easy to maintain.
What styles are available?
Bathroom cabinets come in two designs: recessed and surface mounted. Recessed cabinets use less space and have a built-in look. They often have more storage space due to their deeper shelves, but they can be harder to install. You may want to leave installation up to a professional. Surfaced mounted designs are easy to install and come in a wide range of sizes. They are often used as a decorative focal point within the room. Keep in mind that they protrude slightly from the wall, have narrower shelves, and will take up a bit more space.
What features should I look for in a bathroom cabinet?
If you have small children, consider a cabinet that includes a locking mechanism for keeping little ones from reaching harmful substances. Push-button designs allow you to quickly and easily open the door with a touch of a button. This can help keep mirrors clean. When deciding on the type of mirror you want with your cabinet, consider features like a magnifier for grooming and a defogger for steamy bathrooms that will make your cabinet convenient as well as functional. Built-in outlets provide a place for you to plug in small appliances like your razor or blow dryer, and interior lights make it easy to find what you are looking for.