Bob Vila Radio: Medicine Cabinet Options

If you’re in the market for a new medicine cabinet, consider your options.

By Roseann Foley Henry | Updated Jul 1, 2013 10:01 PM

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Medicine cabinets provide efficient storage in a room where space tends to be at a premium. If you’re in the market for a new cabinet, consider your options.


Listen to BOB VILA ON MEDICINE CABINET OPTIONS or read the text below:



Your first decision is surface-mounted or recessed. Wall-mounted cabinets are easier to install, but they take up precious inches and may be a problem with certain sinks, vanities, or room configurations. A recessed cabinet is a space-saver, but it’s tougher to install if there’s not an existing opening.

Then think about who will be using the cabinet and what will be kept in it. Do you need space for toothbrushes, hair dryers, or toilet paper? Do you need one shelf per person? If you have young kids, consider a cabinet that locks.

Determine what size cabinet you can accommodate. It should be in scale with the room and sink, and it can’t interfere with existing fixtures. Don’t forget to measure for depth: Recessed cabinets average about four inches deep, but you may be able to fit five or more inches.

Adjustable shelves and mirrored interiors are useful amenities. Some high-end models include lighting, toothbrush holders, electrical outlets—even refrigerated compartments for medications.

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