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February 15, 2016

The guide to choosing the perfect bathroom sink cabinet.

A bathroom sink cabinet is sometimes the biggest piece of furniture in a bathroom. Since it is most often the focal point, choosing a design that fits your style and functionality is vital. Consider the size and mounting style of the sink you are using when picking a cabinet and countertop.

Cabinet Types

A bathroom sink cabinet can either house one or two sinks and typically has a range of sizes available. The area under a sink cabinet houses the pipes and mechanical units as well as provides storage. With larger bathroom sink cabinets, drawers are added on either side to provide storage.

Size

A typical bathroom sink cabinet can range from 18"-60"+ in width and a standard depth of 18"-21". Traditionally, bathroom sink cabinets stand at 30" tall, but more modern styles provide a height of 36" which reduces strain on the neck and back.

Utilization

To determine the cabinet size, figure how much interior space you will need to use for storage. If you have a large bathroom with a double vanity, the space under the sink is not as important as a smaller vanity because you will most likely have other storage areas. If you plan to store a waste bin underneath your sink, keep in mind the measurements of the bin when deciding on a cabinet size.

Materials

The interior of your sink base cabinet should be water resistant, or have a water-resistant coating. Melamine or polyurethane-coated wood are good options. Selecting hardware for your cabinets can be just as time-consuming as selecting the cabinet. Remember that the design of the hardware should be consistent with the overall design of the room.

Tips

  • Consider the space the vanity is going in. A master bath will require a larger size bathroom sink cabinet, whereas a powder room will need a smaller size.
  • If you have a small bathroom, choose a small sink cabinet with a lot of storage either under the sink or to the sides.
  • If you are unconcerned about size, consider a cabinet style with decorative elements and bring in extra furniture for storage purposes.
  • Match the style of cabinet to your existing design. A modern vanity in a Tuscan-style bathroom can throw off the look.
  • Examine your existing kitchen cabinets and fixtures. Take note of what you don’t like and what you wish you had to make the shopping experience less painful.
  • If you are an older citizen and plan to stay in your home through retirement, consider getting pull handle hardware. For arthritic hands, pull handles are easier to maneuver than knobs.
  • If you are having trouble finding the right hardware finish, match it to the existing faucet or door handle finishes.