Medicine Cabinets-Purchase Tips
items that need attention when purchasing a new cabinet.
Cabinets and space consideration
space is a major factor that needs some thought. Measure your space above your vanity for a
starting point. Your cabinet should be sized in proportion to the vanity it is mounted above.
Think also about lighting. If you purchase a cabinet with top lighting, or are going to buy top
lights then this isn't as important.
If, however, you are going to add stylish vanity lights on either
side of your medicine cabinet then you will need to allow for the space they require.
When considering space, you will also need to think how high above the vanity you will mount
With a standard sink and faucet, this needs little consideration, but if you are installing a
vessel or countertop sink, or a faucet with a long neck then this needs some extra thought. You will need to allow
for clearance, and also to avoid any splash up. The other thing to think about is the height of the users. Mounting
the bottom of your cabinet too high may create a problem for young children in the household.
Cabinets and style
What style medicine cabinet will you choose? When choosing style there are two more things to
think about. Style in the sense of decor is one thing you will want to decide. What is your style preference, and
what is the general style that will coordinate with the other fixtures and elements in your bath? And do you want
single door, sliding doors, or tri-view. You will find these cabinets in all the popular styles. Country, Shaker,
Art Deco, Traditional and Contemporary cabinets and more are available.
The other style consideration is whether you want a recessed or a surface mount. This will
depend not only on your personal preference, but on the wall construction of your bathroom. You will need to
determine whether or not the wall is a load bearing wall. If it is a load bearing wall, then you will need to fall
back on a surface mount.
Also be cautious if you are installing a recessed cabinet. Proceed
with caution until you know where your wiring is, and take any safety precautions needed such as turning off
Adjustable shelves and good hinges are not special options but are something to be
There are a number of special options in today's medicine cabinets.
1. Deep cabinets are being made available, that are large enough to house larger
items such as curling irons and blow dryers. This can go a long way in solving storage needs as well as keeping
things out of sight when not in use. in Some models, come with lights built in, eliminating one step in
the shopping process.
2. Electrical outlets that are built in to some cabinets can prove very handy, and
put them just where they are needed.
3. There are finally a few medicine cabinets showing up on the market that offer locking
space, or an optional lock box that can be added to certain models. In a household with small children this could
add an element of safety where medications are concerned.
4. High end units even offer a section which has cold storage for medications and
AS you can see, there are a number of things to think about and coordinate when selecting a
One other thought: Many times the cabinet you want will be
listed as either surface mount or recessed. If you find a cabinet you especially like, but it is the wrong
application, dig a little further. Many models are offered with both options.