A medicine cabinet is an indispensable, functional part of your bathroom. It’s one of the first things you see in the morning, and it holds all of your essential toiletries and, of course, your medicine. There are different styles, functions, and methods of mounting medicine cabinets.
To find out which fits your budget and needs best, you need to examine the proportions of your bathroom, the lighting, the style, and the functions that you need most. Here are some great tips on how to choose a medicine cabinet that’s right for you.
How to make sure the medicine cabinet will fit?
As to height, avoid any nearby lighting, and check the height of your vanity and the faucets. This is especially true for medicine cabinets that are mounted directly onto the wall, as they will jut out a few inches and shouldn’t interfere with the faucets.
It used to be that medicine cabinets only came in one size, and designers didn’t think about them as crucial elements to a bathroom’s décor. Nowadays, medicine cabinets come in all shapes and sizes.
If you’re opting for one that isn’t the traditional rectangular shape, make sure that, at its widest, it is not wider than the vanity below it and that it doesn’t bump into any light switches or fixtures on the walls nearby.
Should you choose a recessed or wall mount medicine cabinet?
Medicine cabinets of the past were all mounted onto the walls of the bathrooms, with no exceptions. These days, however, you have the choice of a recessed medicine cabinet if your wall can accommodate it.
- Recessed Mounts
Recessed mounted cabinets are flush with the wall and don’t stick out at all, even though they still have a shelved cabinet feature behind the mirror. The mirror’s frame hides the cabinet’s hinges, so no one will even know that there’s storage space behind it unless they pry.
There are a few drawbacks to a recessed mounted cabinet, though. They do not afford a lot of storage space behind the mirror. The depth of the cabinet depends on the space between the walls of your bathroom and the other side. The amount of storage you have with a recessed mounted cabinet depends entirely on that space.
Installation for these types of medicine cabinets isn’t as simple as a wall mount.