By David Buster
Bathroom vanity cabinets are an essential component of any
bathroom and can add drama to your design and decor. Bathroom
sink cabinets provide countertop space, a place for the sink
and faucets and great storage below. It is amazing how often
bathroom cabinets and storage are left out of the planning
process. It is important to have a place for everything in
bathroom that is easily accessible to everyone. Bathroom
cabinets and storage provide home organization and reduce
clutter. You never can have too much bathroom storage!
Here are some considerations before buying bathroom vanities
online or in stores:
Bathroom vanity cabinets are available in widths of 18 inches
up to 48 inches and in increments of 6 inches. When looking
bathroom vanities online or in stores, shop where you can find
wide variety of styles and sizes. From traditional to
contemporary, you should be able to choose from vanity
made of woods such as walnut, oak, maple, cherry and finished
with high-gloss lacquer that showcases the natural wood
Here are types of bathroom storage cabinets:
1. Cabinetry - bathroom vanity cabinets, wall cabinets,
recessed cabinets and medicine cabinets.
2. Open shelving - recessed shelving, corner shelving and
surface mounted shelves.
3. Over the toilet cabinets - cabinets that use the wall space
over the toilet for storage cabinets.
4. Linen closets, towers with baskets, built-in closets and
cabinets or freestanding bathroom sink cabinets that often
extend from the floor to the ceiling and provide excellent
bathroom storage for linens and other bathroom items.
You should be able to find bathroom vanity cabinets in these
1. Face-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 hinges can be either 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 heavy-duty cabinet boxes and hinges that are hidden and
When selecting bathroom sink cabinets and door hardware, make
sure you match the period cabinets with period style knobs and
pulls. You can sometimes find the antique type of knobs you
be looking for at flea markets. Knobs for your cabinets can be
$3 to $5 each, and some can run $20 or more each, perhaps
creating a problem for your budget.
For your bathroom vanity cabinets countertops, you have
options. You can choose from laminates, ceramic tile, wood,
composite materials or solid surface materials such as 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 stain
easily and are expensive.
Ceramic tile is the most commonly used countertop surface. It
is durable and you can select from a wide variety of sizes,
colors and textures. However, the grout used between the tiles
can stain and the tiles can have irregular surfaces. Wood
surfaces are beautiful but can stain or mildew if not
maintained well. Concrete is a durable and heat-resistant
countertop surface, but it can discolor or crack.
Whether upgrading an existing bathroom or planning a new one,
the bathroom is one of the best home improvement investments
you can make. You, your family and guests will enjoy the
bathrooms in your home every day. And should you ever sell
home, attractive and functional bathrooms add to the
desirability and to the selling price of your home. Before you
buy, read as much as you can on choosing the bathroom vanities
online or in stores that will be the best for you and your
bathroom. Learning as much as you can will be time well spent.
Copyright 2005 InfoSearch Publishing
About The Author: David Buster is VP of InfoSearch Publishing
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