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Medicine Cabinets-Get The Most in Function and Style

Mar 18, 2008
Medicine cabinets serve an important role in our everyday routine.

Have you ever considered just how important a bathroom medicine cabinet is to your daily routine? It is very likely that most of us give little thought to our medicine cabinet, and it's importance in our bathroom. Try getting ready for your day just once without it. This will give it the right amount of importance, and possibly point up some features to look for.

Consider the many medicine cabinet options available before making a buying decision.

Space will be a major consideration. Not only should you consider the space available above your vanity, but consider what type of lighting you will install, and faucet height. This can factor into both the size and the placement of your new medicine cabinet.

Medicine cabinets are available in both recessed and wall mounted models. There is more to consider with a recessed cabinet. If you are taking down a recessed cabinet you may need to expand the space, or if the new cabinet is smaller then some repair to the wall is required before mounting. Take safety precautions, and avoid disturbing wiring.

A wall mount cabinet is easy to install, but it will take up more space above the vanity. This is also a good option when you ar removing a very small recessed vanity, just fill the space with insulation and cover with the new larger medicine cabinet.

Style is another important choice. A bathroom medicine cabinet is an important feature in your overall bathroom decor, and you will want to think how it fits in with the rest of your bathroom fixtures. You will find many attractive styles available. Medicine cabinets are offered in Art Deco, Early American, Mission, Traditional and Contemporary styles.

There are both framed and frameless medicine cabinets. This again is just a matter of personal choice. Framed cabinets come in many wood tones such as oak, cherry and walnut. color choices are also available. Black and white are two popular options.

Also consider whether you want sliding doors on your medicine cabinet, or doors that swing open. It goes without saying, that the inside shelves should be adjustable.

Some medicine cabinets are offered with extra depth to store items as large as blow dryers out of sight. Other models offer built in electrical plugins which can be handy. Lighting embedded in the mirror itself, fogless mirrors, and some high end models even offer temperature controlled storage for medicines and cosmetics to extend shelf life.

Good hinges should be an important feature in your mirrored medicine cabinet. Mirrors are heavy and piano or scissor hinges are needed to manage the load.

As with many other bathroom fixtures today, there are medicine cabinets that are designed to fit in a corner above a corner sink. This is a desirable feature for a smaller bath with a corner sink.
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