Are Medicine Cabinets Back?

Whether you are planning a complete renovation or looking to update a few elements of your existing bathroom space, you will want to consider adding a mirrored medicine cabinet. While some may think the mirror is outdated, the modern medicine cabinet is returning with more style and greater functionality to complement any space. There are two installation options.

The first is to recess the cabinet into the wall. You’ll need to create the space if one does not already exist. Generally speaking, older homes will have an existing cutout. It’s then a matter of finding a similar-size mirror or creating more space. These mirrors sit inside the wall and have a streamlined, modern appearance.

The second option is to mount it on the wall. With this option, the mirror will jut out about 3-4 inches from the wall. There are deeper mirrors that provide about 6 inches of additional usable space. This is a budget-friendly option that will save you the effort of creating the recess.

There are also medicine cabinets that do not have a mirrored front. These are best installed in places just outside the bathroom, where items will still be accessible, or in a bathroom that already has a mirror.

Consider both sides

Like any bathroom feature, medicine cabinets will have their advantages and disadvantages depending on your individual requirements. A big plus is having frequently used medications, toiletries, beauty aids and first aid kits right at hand. A downside is that a wall-mounted cabinet may look bulky in an otherwise minimalist space. In any case, a mirrored cabinet will add much needed storage space in a frequently used bathroom.

Typically, medicine cabinets are made of wood or wood composites. This creates a more rustic feel in the space. Cabinets made of metal are also available — a choice for those seeking a more modern, slicker aesthetic. Many models offer adjustable shelves to allow you to customize the cabinet to accommodate the sizes of your personal items. You will find this convenient when looking for larger- or smaller-sized items.

If you are replacing a mirror with a cabinet, you will need to consider your existing vanity. The cabinet style should complement the vanity, not clash with it. For example, you will not want to install a rustic wooden cabinet over a modern vanity. The color of a wooden cabinet is something to consider as well. A white wood-framed mirrored cabinet might create an attractive and unexpected contrast with a darker wood vanity. It will also help brighten up a darker area in the bathroom.

The bathroom medicine cabinet combines the practicality of extra storage with personal design choice. For that reason, it will never be out of date. Contact us for more ideas on how to blend convenience and style in your daily home life.

Claudine Steinfurth
(216) 409-4039
RE/MAX Above & Beyond
7570 Chippewa Road
Brecksville, OH 44141

Related Articles

Latest Articles