After kitchens, bathrooms are the number one most remodeled room in a home. On average, people spend about $10,000 on a bathroom remodel - with costs for some as low as $3,000 or as high as $25,000 or more. Roughly 10% to 30% of that will be spent on vanities or cabinets. With all that money on the line, let’s break down the bathroom cabinet basics you need to know before remodeling your bathroom. 

Get a plan in place

Before setting out to find your dream bathroom cabinets, make sure you’ve identified priorities and goals for your bathroom remodel. This will help you stay on budget and save for what’s most important to you. It’s also smart to have a clear idea of what you want your new bathroom to look like. The layout, style, and size of your bathroom will all play a part in the cabinetry you choose. 

Choose your cabinet quality grade

Bathroom cabinetry comes in four grades: ready-to-assemble (RTA), stock, semi-custom, and custom. It can be purchased face framed, frameless, or as a freestanding vanity. If budget is a concern, RTA is the most affordable option; however, the quality and construction won’t be as good. Stock cabinetry is the next most affordable but has limited options in style, size, and materials. If you’re looking to stay in budget but still want to choose from a wide range of door and drawer styles, then semi-custom cabinets are a great option. Of course, if you have the money to spend, custom cabinetry has no limit in terms of style, material, or finishes and can be custom-tailored to fit your bathroom.

Make sure cabinet drawers are well-constructed

A well-constructed cabinet drawer is important no matter which quality grade you go with. Make sure that your drawers are at least 3/8-inch to 1/2-inch thick, and don’t go with stapled construction. You can test the construction of a drawer by making sure it’s snug in its box, opens quietly, glides smoothly, and doesn’t sag when it’s fully extended. 

Don’t overlook the materials and finishes

Choosing materials and finishes that can resist the effects of water, heat, and moisture will ensure the longevity of your bathroom cabinets. Most cabinetry is made of particleboard, medium-density fiberboard (MDF) box, or plywood with wood doors and drawer faces. To avoid peeling, stay away from veneers. 

Consider cabinet and vanity styles

Before deciding on the design of your cabinetry, think about your storage needs. For example, double sink vanities are great for couples because they provide more storage options, while a single vanity provides more floor space. To make the most of the space, consider wall-hung cabinets and vanities. 

Final Thoughts

Don’t forget to have fun and dream big. There’s a lot of creative things you can do with your bathroom cabinets, like implementing wire clothing hamper drawers or a pull-out hair dryer drawer. If you plan on remodeling your bathroom this year, it is strongly recommended that you consult with a designer before beginning any major renovation. The designers at Kitchen & Bath Ideas have a combined 100+ years experience. Contact us today for a free consultation!


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