Bathroom cabinets play a
major role in maintaining an organized bathroom. Besides being of maximum utility, they
are one of the most eye catching fixtures of the bathroom. They also consume most amount
of the bathroom remodeling budget.
Since cabinets take a huge chunk from your budget, decide how much you
want to spend on cabinets, in advance. You can do this by first deciding where you want
your cabinets. Then take measurements of the area. Decide whether you want stock cabinets,
semi-custom or custom cabinets. Stock cabinets are the most inexpensive ones followed by
semi-custom and then custom cabinets. When you meet the expert with these rough ideas and
figures in mind, he can give you a more accurate picture.
As mentioned earlier, there are three types of cabinets available in
the market. You have to choose from them according to your budget and your specific
requirements. They are Stock, Semi-custom and Custom cabinets.
Stock cabinets are inexpensive and most popular. They are mass produced
and built in standard sizes and shapes. The choice of color, design and style is limited.
Semi-custom cabinets are basically stock cabinets which can be changed
in some ways to meet individual requirements. They offer more choice of color, finish,
design and size. They are more expensive than stock cabinets.
Custom cabinets are the most expensive cabinets. They are made to order
cabinets. They are made to suit your specific, individual requirements. They offer the
widest range of color, design, style and size.
According to the method of assembling, there are Framed and Frameless
cabinets. Framed cabinets are American cabinets and frameless cabinets are European style.
In framed cabinet, a frame is placed around the front of the cabinet
opening. It is also called face frame. It is used to secure the door to the cabinet.
Framed cabinets are more expensive than frameless cabinets because they use more material.
In frameless cabinets, there is no face frame and door is hung directly
on the cabinet box. Frameless cabinets occupy lesser space than framed ones.
While selecting cabinets for your bathroom, keep in mind that your
cabinets should match the rest of your bathroom. Doors and drawers of the cabinets should
operate smoothly. Don't just go by the looks of the doors of the cabinets because it's the
quality and construction of the whole boxes that counts.