Bathroom Wall Cabinet Buying Guide

If you’re updating your bathroom, choosing the right wall cabinets can give what’s often a small room more storage, as well as contribute to its style. Here are our best tips for choosing bathroom wall cabinets that fit your needs.

Types of Bathroom Wall Cabinets

Types of Bathroom Wall Cabinets

Bathroom wall cabinets come in many sizes, colors, and configurations. So before you shop, establish where you want to place a wall cabinet, and measure carefully to determine the ideal height, width, and depth. Try not to focus solely on how much storage space you’ll gain; purchase the size that looks proportionally correct on the wall.

Compact Bathroom Wall Cabinets

Most bathrooms have a shortage of floor space but one or two smaller areas of upper wall that are open -- and these are the ideal spots to hang compact wall cabinets. Not too tall, not too wide, and relatively shallow, these abbreviated cabinets are great for storing small items, such as bath sponges and nail polish.

Tall Bathroom Wall Cabinets

If your bathroom has a free wall that isn’t very wide, take advantage of the vertical space by hanging a tall, narrow wall cabinet. Taller cabinets offer the luxury of several shelves, which are perfect for stacking fluffy towels or taller items that seldom fit in a medicine cabinet, such as hairspray cans, shower-gel bottles, and hair dryers.

Open or Glass-Front Bathroom Wall Cabinets

Built for transparency, open-shelf and glass-front wall cabinets are meant to display pretty bathroom items such as specialty linens, cut-glass canisters, and hand-milled soaps. They’re all about showing off your personal spa possessions.

Solid-Door Bathroom Wall Cabinets

We all have plenty of bathroom necessities we’d rather store behind closed doors -- toilet paper, maybe, or beach towels that clash with your color scheme and decor. Keep your bathroom looking calm and soothing by stowing the clutter here.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Whatever style or material choice you make for your bathroom wall cabinets, make sure they complement the fit and finish of other bathroom elements. Sleek cabinetry lends itself to sleek hardware, and raised-panel doors and crown molding telegraph traditional style. Consistency gives your bath a professionally designed look.

Placement

Once you’ve measured your wall space and chosen a wall cabinet that suits you, make sure to hang it at the appropriate height. You won’t want to reach too high when you’re stowing folded towels, and you don’t want a cabinet door to bump your head if you’re sitting on a bench beneath it either.

Combining Wall Cabinets

Let’s say you love the look of a pedestal sink but hate giving up the storage a vanity provides. Solve the dilemma by flanking the sink with tall wall cabinets and hanging a short mirrored cabinet above it. Now you’ve created what’s essentially a vanity but with a more open, streamlined look. Your options for combining wall cabinets are limitless.

Materials

Don’t forget that any bathroom cabinet must survive humidity. Choose materials such as coated wood, aluminum, plastic, laminate, or metal with a baked-enamel surface.

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