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Bathroom vanities and cabinets

With so many bathroom vanity options available to consumers, finding the right one for your space is a matter of assessing your preexisting décor and finding a matching piece. You'll want to avoid generic cabinets that give your bathroom a drab, unimaginative appearance. Instead, look for bathroom vanities and cabinets that incorporate expressive elements of design, such as innovative shapes, fitted moldings, and imaginative edging and trim.

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Bathroom Cabinet Varieties

Bathroom cabinets are available in a range of basic varieties, each of what has its own unique appearance and design features. Mirrored, recessed and ornate bathroom vanities are the basic building blocks of wall spaces in most bathrooms, and include familiar variants such as:

  • The medicine cabinet. This type of vanity is a shallow, wall-mounted unit that provides space to store toiletries and other commonly used items.
  • Recessed medicine cabinets. In these units, the door is nearly flush with the wall, but the interior of the cabinet seems to reach back into the wall space to create recessed storage. While this is often the preferred type for many homeowners, it is important to realize that this type of medicine cabinet must be placed between studs, or the structure of the wall must be altered to accommodate it.
  • Mirrored medicine cabinets. These vanities provide the storage space of a traditional medicine cabinet, but have a mirrored door; they're perfect for areas with limited wall space. When choosing a mirrored medicine cabinet, be careful to pick one with a mirror that looks substantial and can truly serve as a centerpiece in the room.
  • Bathroom wall cabinets. This vanity provides additional storage by making use of the vertical space in the bathroom. Often, they are located above a toilet, sink or counter, where the floor space has already been used. A stacked set of bathroom wall cabinets is ideal for storing linens, bath towels or other bathroom accessories.

The Function of Bathroom Vanities

Bathroom vanities make it easier to keep counter space free, making grooming easier. A bathroom vanity cabinet also alleviates some of the clutter that can build up in the cupboards beneath the counter and sink, and is an ideal place to story frequently used items like dental floss, shaving supplies and hair products. Some vanities even contain built-in sinks to provide a seamless look that is both inexpensive and easy to install. Other vanity cabinets may be installed directly above a sink built into the wall. If your bathroom already contains a pedestal sink, a mounted vanity can be placed on an unoccupied wall.

Written by Amy Whittle