Buying the Right Medicine Cabinet

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Remember those old-fashioned white medicine cabinets you likely grew up seeing in your grandparent’s home? Well, you won’t see those in our showroom. Medicine cabinets have improved significantly over the years to meet many different needs.

Here are some things to consider before updating or installing a new medicine cabinet.

  1. The type of medicine cabinet and shape you choose will depend on how you plan to install it. If you have a recessed cabinet and want to replace it, then installing another one that fits in the old cabinet’s cutout is simple. If you want a larger size, you’ll have to change your plan a bit. The most important thing to do is to plan and measure carefully before you buy.
  2. You’ll also want to consider the finish of the cabinet. You’ll want to make sure it meets your functional needs and that it matches the rest of your décor. Make this decision based on how you’ll use your cabinet and who will use it. For example, if you have children, you might opt for a finish that doesn’t show fingerprints as easily.
  3. What style of door do you prefer on your cabinet? Do you want it to match the rest of the cupboards in your bathroom? If so, you’ll need to take that into consideration before placing it. If you want the medicine cabinet to go over the sink, you’ll most likely choose a mirrored option. If it’s off to the side on its own, make sure the cabinet matches the rest of your décor.
  4. You’ll also want to consider the doors on the cabinet. Swing doors are very common, however, the larger you go, the more room you need to allow for the door to swing. If you have a small bathroom, you might want to consider one with two smaller doors rather than one large one. Some designs also have mirrors on the inside of the cabinet door, so you can still use the mirror while the door is open.

No matter which medicine cabinet you choose, make sure you don’t rush your decision. You’ll want to decide on something you know is going to last and will serve your needs for many years to come.

As seen on the Hood Magazine June/July 2017

Updated March 2021