Earlier bathroom cabinets or medicine cabinets were terms used to refer to a plain white box that were usually mounted above the sinks in bathrooms. A small cabinet for you to store your soaps, tooth paste, tooth brush, cosmetics, shaving razors, shaving creams and some medicines. Those were the days when bathrooms were plain and simple but nowadays people are making their bathrooms look more elegant and many are spending a fortune trying to make their bathroom look and feel perfect. The bathroom cabinets used nowadays tend to have a lot of varied functional uses and have become more stylish and functional.
Bathroom cabinets in recent times are used to describe any cabinet that we can have and use in a bathroom. They can be as large as normal wall cabinets used in other rooms or can even be a tall storage cabinet. In luxury bathrooms, a bathroom cabinet can be a combination of a medicine cabinet, a bathroom vanity, a bathroom countertop and also other varieties of cabinets all as a single unit. Some of the bathroom cabinets measure even more than 32 inches height, 21 inches deep and 30 inches wide.
There are two basic styles of bathroom cabinets available in the market. They are the traditional American-style bathroom cabinets and the European style bathroom cabinets. The traditional American style cabinets are found in most homes and are commonly called as framed cabinets. The framed cabinets use face-frames to cover the front edges of the cabinet that are raw. The European style cabinets are found mostly in European countries and are commonly known as frameless cabinets. In frameless cabinets, the raw edges are concealed using very simple trim strips.
The latest bathroom cabinets can also be classified as custom, stock and modular cabinets too. This type of classification is based on the manufacturing process of the cabinets. Stock bathroom cabinets are mass manufactured and are available only in a few standard sizes and shapes. They tend to be the least expensive bathroom cabinets available and can be picked up from any home improvement store.
Modular bathroom cabinets like stock bathroom cabinets are also mass produced. But they offer more flexibility in their design. Their style and structure can be modified in different ways as per your needs. Most modular cabinets are Do it yourself cabinets and are easy to put together. So you can be creative with what you got and make the modular bathroom cabinet as unique as possible.
Custom bathroom cabinets as the name suggests are not mass manufactured. Hence each custom bathroom cabinet will have its individuality, but getting a custom bathroom cabinet could mean that you will have to hire a cabinet maker or visit the custom cabinet making stores. The advantage of custom bathroom cabinets is that you can design the cabinet in a way to make maximum utilization of the space available. You have the option of using any material that you want to while designing your bathroom cabinet. But since they are custom made, they are also the most expensive of the bathroom cabinets.
Bathroom cabinets are no longer a simple box to store your personal stuff. They are additions to your bathrooms that will add style and functionality to your bathrooms.