Selecting a Proper Bathroom Cabinet
Bathroom cabinets are widely considered to have the most impact in a bathroom makeover, but choosing from the mile-long list of options can be overwhelming. The days of simply picking out a medicine cabinet and being done with it are long over. So, how and where do you start?
Do Your Homework
Take a minute to think about how you use the room and let that information help you decide on the best configuration, materials, style, etc. for your new cabinetry. For instance, if you like long, leisurely soaks in the tub, you may want to incorporate a linen tower with a shelf for a TV into your plans.
Another good place to start is at the local bookstore or newsstand. A great starting practice is to flip through design books and magazines for ideas. Find out what you like then narrow down your choices based on what you want to accomplish. Visiting a designer showroom, particularly an interactive one where you can pull out drawers and peek behind doors, is another excellent strategy when you’re first getting started.
Don’t Break The Bank
Unlike in a kitchen remodel, cabinets aren’t necessarily the most expensive project involved in a bathroom remodel. Still, new bathroom vanities and cabinets can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars well into the thousands. As with most things, you get what you pay for, but there are some things you can do to help offset the outflow. For instance, this is another place where having a certified bathroom designer can come in handy, because their connections can garner special deals and rates with even the swankiest dealers and showrooms.
Buying unfinished cabinets and installing and finishing them yourself will save you some money, but it can be painstaking and backbreaking work. Shopping online for the best deals can help make your renovation dollar stretch a little further. However it’s like buying a car or anything else off the Internet. If you can’t touch it and, in this case, inspect the box and door construction of the cabinets, you can’t always be sure what you’re going to get.
Moreover, in most homes your original cabinet boxes are far superior in quality to anything you can currently buy from a “big box store.” So in the end hiring a professional to upgrade your current boxes with refaced doors and drawers can save cost as well as labor and anguish!
Get Your Style On
There are as many styles of cabinets to fill your remodeled bathroom as there are colors to paint it. Here is a list of three category groups that may help you get a better understanding of how to stylize your idea.
The first category is the stand-alone vanity (containing the sink and usually a countertop). The second group consists of all other bathroom cabinetry, which may include over-the-toilet units, linen storage and built-in hampers. Last are the sets of cabinets, called suites, which are designed to match your fixtures and other design features.
No matter the category, you can go sleek or shabby chic with your cabinets, classic or contemporary, modern or mission, eclectic or European, glass or glazed. The possibilities are endless. You have to be careful, though, not to let the looks distract you from the ultimate goal of your bathroom’s cabinetry: to store your stuff.
Following The Trends
Fun features for keeping order aren’t the only trend in bathroom cabinetry. Lighting is also in the spotlight, and so we’re seeing an increase in cabinets with light rails and other forms of built-in illumination.
Another trend is for your cabinetry to take on more of a furniture look. Part of the reason for this particular development may stem from the fact that more and more people are opting to transform their ordinary bathroom into a relaxing retreat.