Re-doing a bathroom involves many different choices in terms of the cabinetry. Based on the level of your remodel, do you want a big vanity? Floating cabinets? Do you want to go contemporary? Choose a custom design over stock? The list goes on and the choices can quickly prove to be overwhelming.
The cabinets in a bathroom play a huge role in the overall look and feel of the room. When you are mapping out your options, there are a number of factors to keep in mind. Although every project will be a unique, here are several universal tips to remember.
1. Consider the Functionality
When you’re choosing new cabinets for your bathroom, step one needs to involve sitting down and brainstorming the exact functionality you need. This influences everything from how deep the cabinets will go, to the swing of the doors. You also need to account for the foot traffic and ensure everything will be accessible.
Based on the size of the room you are working with, you’ll need to do some thorough homework on exactly how you plan to use the space. If you are remodeling a smaller bathroom, you’ll need to get creative in finding ways to make the cabinetry multifunctional. The notes you take are imperative for the configuration. For example, if you are a makeup connoisseur, it would be wise to plan for extended storage in the vanity. If children are in your future, you’ll want to create a family-friendly bathroom with lots of smart storage options. The needs of a growing family only increase with time. The more capacity your cabinets have, the better.
Another approach would be to mount cabinets on the wall. This can do a lot to free up foot space and make the area seem less cramped.
The way the room will be used also has an impact on the style and materials of the cabinetry. Take your time with this. Planning for functionality is the most important part of the entire project.
2. Categorize Your Design Choices
As previously stated, the choices for design and style seemingly go on forever. While that’s very true in terms of the finer details like color, materials, accents, ect, there are a couple of major categories to highlight for narrowing down your options.
To start with the most prominent, the first category to note is the vanity as a stand-alone. This includes more than just cabinets. You will need to account for the mirror, sink, countertop, and backsplash. Many bathrooms tend to feature horizontal vanities with a single section of cabinets. These are great for taking full advantage of counterspace and storage. They also work to give the room a more streamlined and efficient look. L-shaped vanities are a common choice for master bathrooms. Even though they don’t always maximize the space, they can do a good job in making the bathroom feel bigger. Whichever vanity design you go with, be sure it falls in line with your spatial constraints.
The second category deals with add-ons for increased functionality. These include cabinets for storing linens, units placed over the toilet, built-in bins for laundry, ect.
Once you have chosen your ideal layout in these design categories and features in mind, selecting the style comes down to your personal preferences.
3. Find Ways to Save
Bathroom cabinets aren’t typically the most expensive part of the remodeling project, as opposed to in a kitchen. A new bathroom vanity and set of cabinets can cost anywhere from a couple hundred dollars, all the way up to the thousands.
A common mistake many people make is going into a remodel thinking they need to replace EVERYTHING with brand new materials and design. In truth, there are many alternatives to getting a great result without costing you a fortune.
For one, maybe the current cabinets are exactly the way you want them, only they could stand to be freshened up a bit. When this is the case, your money is much better spent on refacing, rather than replacing. If you want to go this route, you’ll want to consult the pros with your plans so they can ensure your vision comes to life.
4. Know the Trends
In any sort of home remodel, there will always be certain trends you’ll want to consider in your decision making. Regardless of how much you like a certain style or layout for with your cabinets, you don’t want the room to appear outdated. Factoring in the trends can play a role in the overall value of your home.
For instance, lighting is currently a trending topic in bathroom cabinets. Cabinetry featuring rail lighting systems and built-in illumination are becoming increasingly popular.
Many homeowners are also making it a point to match their bathroom cabinetry with the rest of the house. Consistency and keeping the entire spectrum of cabinets in uniform is an approach that is becoming more and more commonplace.
In terms of pure style, a current trend is designing cabinets to give off a furniture look. Generally, this means there are more smaller pieces involved and raised paneling. Additionally, this trend has created an inclination for darker colors with materials like cherry or walnut.
Trends can come and go rather quickly. For this reason, it helps a lot to speak with designers to gauge professional opinions and advice. Being in the business for nearly 30 years, we’ve seen it all and can help you design your approach in accordance with trends that are here to stay.
The most important thing you can do throughout the process of choosing your bathroom cabinets is not to get overwhelmed. Ultimately, functionality needs to be your guide, regardless of your price range. At San Diego Kitchen Pros, our team has put together cabinetry solutions for bathrooms of all shapes and sizes with frugal to extravagant budgets. If an update is in your future, let us know and we will sit down and help you achieve a layout and style you will be proud of.