Guide to Selecting Bathroom Cabinets & Storage Solutions

The Kitchen Master

Your choice of a bathroom vanity cabinet ultimately hinges on only three considerations: space, style and budget. But it’s not really that simple, is it? When you begin planning your new or remodeled bath, it may seem as if there are endless options. If you flip through pages of a design book and feel as if each different style is calling to you with the words “Pick me, pick me,” it is time to think about priorities.


The size of your existing bathroom is a limiting factor. If you’re remodeling, you might be able to carve out a bit of additional space; sometimes mere inches can make a big difference. But think in terms of visual weight and bulk no matter how much space you have available. Often spaciousness is a function of perception. Then focus on styles that appeal to you, and think about colors and finishes.

A vanity cabinet with slim legs, a minimalist glass vessel, and a faucet that extends from the wall above feels less weighty than a chest-style cabinet with an undercounter sink and the traditional two-handled faucet. A wall-hung “floating” design with narrow drawers, trendy exposed plumbing and a basket-filled ledge underneath not only looks fresh but also provides abundant storage for towels and grooming needs.


While some designers advocate staying true to a single style throughout the home, there are really no rules. Follow your heart. If you love the furniture look in a bathroom, by all means convert an existing chest of the proper height into a vanity cabinet. Start with an antique or a flea market find and adapt it to its new use. Remove the existing top and choose a piece of marble or stone as a new top You can even top the existing surface with a 3/4-inch slab of glass for a modern touch. Wall hung and pedestal sinks are popular because they can be a throwback to period or colonial style or a modern interpretation of bathroom chic. However, if you forgo the vanity, find another way to provide storage, either in the form of shelving, an over-the-toilet wall-hung cabinet, a freestanding armoire, or a built in closet. In a large space, you might want supplementary storage in addition to the vanity cabinet.

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The cost of remodeling is always a consideration. Cabinetry is available at all price points. Look at the construction; including the joints, the drawer slides and the door hinges. Bathrooms are notoriously hard on wood, but modern coatings can stand up to humidity, stains, scratching, chipping, and frequent cleaning.

One of the best and most effective ways to ensure that you’ll love your cabinets and have enough storage in your refurbished bathroom is to work with a professional bathroom designer. Our consultants at The Kitchen Master have been designing to award-winning bathrooms for Chicago area homeowners for decades. Our Naperville showroom allows you to see the latest trends all in one place. It’s a great place to start. Just call for an appointment.

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