The bathroom cabinet’s design is one of the most important decisions in your home. In the rush of building a new home or remodeling, careful attention should be paid to the bathroom. This is usually where the day starts, so it is important that the design of the bathroom is without errors. Cabinets come at a certain height and width, but taller persons may be quite uncomfortable using a standard size cabinet. Cabinets that have to be site built, or special built, may cost a little more, but considering the time period they are going to be used, it is money well spent.
A close look at the drawers in a cabinet will not only show how they are designed, but also how well they work. Not only will they operate smoothly, but there should be enough drawers to store all the modern devices found in today’s bathrooms. Even more expensive cabinets sometimes compromise on the quality of the drawers. They need to be sturdy enough and large enough to hold heavy items like electric curlers and hair dryers. The slides on the drawer should operate smoothly, and the drawer should not wobble.
Close attention needs to be paid to the bottom of the drawers. How thick the material is, and how it is held in place, will determine how long it will last under heavy use. Smaller drawers should be available for more personal items, and should be placed in a part of the cabinet where they can be easily reached. Very few cabinets make good use of the space under the sink. This area usually winds up with exposed pipes, and in some, the unfinished back wall can be seen. More consideration seems to be given to the plumber than the homeowner.
The exterior of many cabinets is often made of particleboard covered with a paper like material. These often look very good, but may not hold up well in a bathroom with heavy traffic and small children. Cabinets that are painted may require more labor initially, but they can usually be cleaned without harming the finish, and they can be more easily touched up if they are stained or chipped. The material under the finish needs to be carefully selected for strength and durability. Being constantly exposed to moisture can cause some cabinets to warp.