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Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Bathroom Cabinets

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You’ve just purchased a new home and you’re about to renovate the bathroom. You're in the hardware store, and you're overwhelmed by all of the different types of cabinets. There are so many to choose from: metal, wood, plastic, glass - even if you decide to go with a simple white cabinet, there's still endless options. It seems like everyone has their own opinion on which is best; we'll teach you how to avoid these common mistakes when buying bathroom cabinets.

Do you want wood, metal, or laminate?

The first thing to decide is what type of cabinet you want for your bathroom. There are three choices: wood, metal, and laminate. Wood cabinets are the most popular choice because they're cheaper than metal cabinets and more durable than laminate. In fact, it's the cheapest way to buy a new bathroom as well as being the easiest to install. However, wood is prone to warping and molding without proper care. Metal cabinets are the most expensive option but have a much longer lifespan because they're made from durable material. The downside is that they must be professionally installed and require ventilation in order for them to dry properly. Laminate cabinets are a good option if you want a smooth surface that's easy to clean but don't want something made from plastic or glass. They can be fairly pricey, though - so if you have a tight budget, this may not be your best option because laminate won't last as long as other options will.

What width will the cabinet be?

You'll need to decide the width of the cabinet before you purchase. It's important to measure the doorway and determine if you'll need a 36" or 48" wide cabinet, for example. The door should stop at least 3 inches from the edge of the doorway, and it should be slightly wider than that for a more comfortable opening. If you're not sure which width will work best for your bathroom, ask a hardware store employee to help you choose.

When choosing your sink, remember that most bathroom sinks have an overflow hole in them - this is where water goes when the faucet is on too long or if too much water is poured at once. The hole should be placed in the front because if it's placed in the back, it can't be easily accessed during use. For this reason, most people choose under-counter sinks with an overflow hole in front for extra convenience.

The countertop material also matters - some people prefer a ceramic tile countertop for easy cleanup while others may find a stone material more aesthetically pleasing. You may want to consider what color scheme will work best with your home - remember that white kitchen cabinets could look out of place against dark brown cabinetry!

How deep will the cabinet be?

The most common mistake people make when buying bathroom cabinets is not measuring the depth of the cabinet. This can be tricky because measurements are given in both inches and centimeters. If you're not sure which one to use, you'll need to measure your plumbing pipes - typically, they're about three inches deep.

If your pipes are deeper than three inches, then you'll need a wider cabinet. If they're shallower than three inches, then you'll need a narrower cabinet. This is important for two reasons: firstly, if your pipes are deeper than three inches, it's possible that water could leak out of the cabinet onto your floor; secondly, it will take more time to wipe down the walls around the cabinet if they're wider.

Should I buy a recessed or surface mounted cabinet?

This is an important decision, as the type of cabinet you choose will affect how your bathroom functions. Recessed cabinets are great for smaller bathrooms because they minimize the "clutter" that's seen in larger ones. The downside? This type of cabinet can't be changed out easily, which might cause you to buy something now that you'll end up hating in a few years. Surface mounted cabinets are great if you're looking for something that will fit into your current décor or if you want an easy way to change up the look of your bathroom.

What about the color of the bathroom cabinets?

The color of the bathroom cabinet can be a tricky thing to decide on. Some people prefer to match the color of the cabinet to the existing room, while others want something to stand out and make a statement.

If you want to go with a darker color, it's important that you use dark colors for other aspects of your bathroom design. If you're going with a light color, then you should use light colors for other aspects of your bathroom design. For example, if you're going for a lighter shade of blue, then consider using white tile or white grout instead of cream or gray tile or grout. When choosing cabinets, think about what your goal for the room is and how it can complement your desired look and feel.


You now have a basic idea, that there are many types of bathroom cabinets to choose from. Some are made of wood, some are metal, and some are made of laminate.

Wood cabinets are usually the most expensive but they can last a lifetime if they are given proper care. They are available in a wide range of colors and textures, but they require additional care to avoid water damage.

Metal cabinets are also very durable but they are usually more affordable than wood cabinets. They also come in a wide range of colors and textures, but they can be difficult to paint or change the color of.

Laminate cabinets are less expensive than wood or metal, but they still come in a variety of colors and textures. They are easy to paint or change the color of, but they can be damaged by water more easily than wood or metal cabinets.

Recessed cabinets are often used for small spaces. They save space by recessing the cabinet into the wall, which is perfect for small spaces with limited floor space.