Bathroom Space-Saving Cabinet Buying Guide

Bathrooms tend to be the smallest rooms in a home. So choosing cabinets that offer extra storage -- and save space -- is key to making your bathroom as functional as possible. Our buying guide shows you how to make wise purchase decisions on space-saving bathroom cabinets.

Types of Bathroom Space-Saving Cabinets

Types of Bathroom Space-Saving Cabinets

Cabinets come in all shapes and sizes, but some configurations exhibit more space-saving capabilities than others. Before purchasing, look hard at your bathroom space and examine its potential for additional storage. Here, we list space-saving bathroom cabinets. We’re betting you’ve got room for at least one or two of them in your own dream bathroom.

Recessed Bathroom Medicine Cabinets

Designed to fit between the studs of your bathroom wall, a recessed medicine cabinet offers deep-shelf storage for bathroom sundries without jutting into the room’s maneuverable space. Many of these cabinets also have mirrored fronts that extend the space visually. If you’re replacing a surface-mount medicine cabinet, make sure before purchasing a recessed model that the wall where you plan to install it contains no wiring or plumbing. And be aware that you might need to hire a professional electrician and/or plumber to install the cabinet.

Above-the-Toilet Bathroom Cabinets

Bathrooms often have an unused wall above the toilet. To take advantage of this space, choose a cabinet configuration that has supports around the toilet tank and any combination of shelves and cabinets above.

Bathroom Wall Cabinets

Somewhere in your bathroom you’ve likely got a bit of free wall space. No matter how small, there’s a bathroom wall cabinet that will fit there, adding precious storage in the bargain. If you have just a couple square feet of space, choose a compact wall cabinet; if you have a taller open space, look for long, narrow cabinets with several storage shelves. Some wall cabinets have open shelves or glass-front doors, some are completely enclosed, and some have a combination that lets you display pretty items and stow away those that are functional but less attractive.

Bathroom Corner Cabinets

Corner cabinets are ideal for providing extra storage in a supremely space-saving way. If your bathroom has a corner unoccupied by a tub, vanity, shower, or toilet, grace it with a multi-shelf corner cabinet that sits on the floor but stretches upward. If every corner is taken, there’s still a chance that you have open corner space above other bathroom fixtures. Here’s where you can tuck a smaller wall-mount corner cabinet, which offers just enough space to stash items cluttering your countertop.

Bathroom Linen Cabinets

Traditional bathroom linen cabinets often sit on the floor, while more contemporary models might mount on the wall; each can fill a slender, vertical open wall space you’ve identified as having storage potential.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Space-saving bathroom cabinets are a lifesaver when it comes to capturing every bit of storage space your bathroom holds. Before purchasing, it helps to inventory what you’ll store in the cabinet. That takes the guessing out of buying the right height, width, and depth of shelves.

Materials

When choosing bathroom cabinets, look for sturdy construction with long-wearing surfaces such as coated wood, aluminum, plastic, laminate, or metal with a baked enamel surface -- all materials that resist the humidity inherent in bathroom use.

Custom or DIY

Some bathroom cabinets require assembly. If you’re not comfortable with do-it-yourself projects, consider purchasing a unit already assembled -- or hire a local craftsperson to construct a custom-made bathroom cabinet tailored to your storage needs and style.

Internal Configuration

Always check out the available shelf space inside a bathroom cabinet. Choosing the right model depends on the items you need to store.

Placement

If you’re hanging a cabinet on the wall, make sure to mount it at the appropriate height. Stacking towels on a high shelf might be difficult, and if it has a mirrored front, you want to be able to see yourself.

Measure

Measure your available space carefully before shopping, and make sure to purchase a model that is proportional to the space -- not too big, not too small.

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