Bathroom vanity cabinets are an essential component of any bathroom and can add drama to your design and décor. Bathroom sink cabinets provide counter space, a place for the sink and faucets, and plenty of storage space below. It’s amazing how often bathroom cabinets and storage are left out of the planning process. It is important to have a place for everything in your bathroom that is easily accessible to everyone. Vanity cabinets and bathroom storage provide home organization and reduce clutter. You can never have too much storage in the bathroom!
Here are some considerations before buying bathroom vanities online or in stores:
Bathroom vanity cabinets are available in widths from 18 to 48 inches and in 6-inch increments. When looking for bathroom vanities online or in stores, shop where you can find a wide variety of styles and sizes. From traditional to contemporary, you should be able to choose from vanity cabinets made from woods like walnut, oak, maple, cherry, and finished with a high-gloss lacquer that enhances the natural wood finish.
Here are types of bathroom storage cabinets:
1. Cabinets: bathroom cabinets, wall cabinets, built-in cabinets, and medicine cabinets.
2. Open shelving: built-in shelving, corner shelving, and surface mounted shelving.
3. Over the toilet cabinets: cabinets that use the wall space above the toilet for storage cabinets.
4. Linen cabinets, basket towers, built-in closets, and cabinets or freestanding bathroom sink cabinets that often extend from floor to ceiling and provide excellent storage for linens and other bathroom items.
You should be able to find bathroom vanity cabinets in these two styles:
1. Front frame vanity cabinets. These bathroom cabinets will give your bathroom a more traditional and formal look. The frame and panel doors are designed to frame the cabinet box, and the hinges can be hidden from view or visible.
2. Frameless vanity cabinets or European-style cabinets. These modern bathroom vanities will give your bathroom a more contemporary look. Frameless vanity cabinets will provide you with sturdy cabinet boxes and hinges that are concealed and easily adjusted.
When selecting bathroom sink cabinets and door hardware, be sure to match vintage cabinets with vintage-style knobs and pulls. You can sometimes find the old type of knobs you may be looking for at flea markets. Knobs for your cabinets can cost anywhere from $3 to $5 each, and some can cost $20 or more each, perhaps creating a strain on your budget.
For your bathroom vanity countertops, you have several options. You can choose from laminate, ceramic tile, wood, composite materials, or solid surface materials like stone, stainless steel, or concrete. Laminates, composite materials, solid surface materials, and stainless steel are more susceptible to scratches. However, composite or solid surface materials can be repaired and replaced very easily. Stone countertops are beautiful and durable, but they can easily stain and are expensive.
Ceramic tile is the most commonly used countertop surface. It is durable and you can choose from a wide variety of sizes, colors and textures. However, the grout used between the tiles may stain and the tiles may have uneven surfaces. Wood surfaces are beautiful, but they can get stained or moldy if not well maintained. Concrete is a durable, heat-resistant countertop surface, but it can discolor or crack.
Whether you’re updating an existing bathroom or planning a new one, your bathroom is one of the best investments you can make in home improvement. You, your family or guests will enjoy the bathrooms of your home every day. And if you ever sell your home, attractive and functional bathrooms add to the convenience and selling price of your home. Before you buy, read as much as you can about choosing bathroom vanities online or in stores that will be best for you and your bathroom. Learning as much as you can will be time well spent.
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