Hiding storage away into any little available space can be important in almost any home. The more places you have to store the inevitable buildup of “stuff” you own, the easier it will be to keep your place organized and clean. This has never been truer than in a bathroom – especially a bathroom shared by multiple people.
Of all the rooms in our homes, it appears that our bathrooms tend to house the larger number of tiny items. From face cream jars to hair pins and hair brushes; from razor blades and shaving cream to first aid supplies and medication – there is a plethora of tiny items we must find a place to house in our bathrooms. Otherwise, our bathrooms would quickly become disorganized and our countertops would fill with an endless pile of “stuff”.
As I am sure you’ve gathered by now, we are discussing cabinets which hang above your sink. Often referred to as medicine cabinets, these storage devices come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles. Though there isn’t much to consider when making this purchase, I want to take a quick moment to draw your attention to the very few considerations I do recommend you make.
Mirror or No Mirror? – Let’s begin with one of the most basic questions: would you like your medicine cabinet to have a mirror on the front? If you choose not to purchase one with a mirror, you may want to consider whether or not you can place a mirror in a different area of your bathroom. Similarly, you can consider placing your cabinet somewhere else – above your toilet, perhaps.
Can You Recess it Into the Wall? – Many people like the extra storage offered by a medicine cabinet, but do not like the space it takes up. Instead, they prefer the streamlined look of a mirror hanging directly on the wall, as opposed to one sticking out from the wall three to six inches. If you would prefer not to have your cabinet stick out from the wall you can choose to purchase one you can mount inside the wall. Of course, this will require you to open the wall, but that should be as simple as cutting through drywall with a knife.
Not all cabinets are made to fit inside the wall and will not provide you with the right kind of trim to make this project look complete. Therefore, it is important that you find one which is made specifically for this purpose. Another consideration is your wall itself. Ideally, you will want to place the cabinet between two support studs. A stud finder can help you locate the wall studs to see if this will be possible.
If your cabinet is larger than the amount of available space, or if your wall studs are simply in the wrong place to allow you to place your cabinet where you would like to, you will need to consider some basic construction work. You should never just cut right through a wall stud and leave it that way. Studs are there for a reason. If you need to cut through them to fit your cabinet inside, it is always recommended that you build a box around the cabinet with two by four planks of wood to allow for proper weight distribution within the wall.