Medicine Cabinets


For many bathrooms, storage can be quite limited, which is why the use of medicine cabinets is crucial to storing toiletries, medicine, and other small objects. Medicine cabinets serve two purposes, including storage and organization, as well as aesthetics and décor.  The medicine cabinet style that is most commonly used is the mirrored cabinet that sits above the sink area of the bathroom. This common type of medicine cabinet is situated under a main light so the mirror is most functional for different uses, such as applying makeup or shaving. These mirrored medicine cabinets come in either a single mirror cabinet, or multi mirror cabinets, depending on wall space, storage needs, and the size of the sink and cabinet area. Longer areas usually have multiple mirror medicine cabinets, while shorter areas usually have single mirror medicine cabinets. Sometimes, an extra single mirror cabinet might be placed on a sidewall for extra storage.

There are many benefits of installing a medicine cabinet in your bathroom. It is a nicely concealed storage area that gives quick access to items used on an everyday basis. Individual shelves with different heights can help to store and inventory items based upon height and size. Shelves can also store other items, such as manicure items, shaving kits, makeup, beauty and cosmetic tools, and more. The convenience of storing items in a medicine cabinet is because items do not have to be taken back and forth to the bathroom every morning. Though they are coined with the term “medicine cabinets”, prescription medication should not be ideally stored in these cabinets due to heat and moisture that may come into contact with it. However, over the counter medicines, pain medication, and other medicine that does not get harmed as easily by possible moisture can be stored in medicine cabinets.

When choosing medicine cabinets for your bathroom remodel or new home, there are two main types to choose from based upon how they are installed. These include surface mount medicine cabinets and recessed medicine cabinets. Surface mount cabinets are the easier to install of the two. This is because they are placed upon the wall surface much like that of a picture frame. If you want a medicine cabinet that comes outside of the wall up to four inches, surface mount medicine cabinets are an ideal choice. Recessed style medicine cabinets are installed to sit in a hole carved out in the wall. The mirror is actually flush with the wall in this style of medicine cabinet. This type of cabinet is more hidden and minimalist in style, since it does not jut out of the wall at all. Depending on the style and design of your bathroom, you may want either a surface mount medicine cabinet or a recessed style medicine cabinet. Either will provide a clean and hidden storage area for everyday toiletries. Look to the use of medicine cabinets with multiple shelves to store bottles, medicine, and other items that are easily accessible and within reach, right behind your bathroom mirror.

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