All about Bathroom Cabinetry – Different Boxes, Construction, Door Styles & Price Points
Types of Bathroom Cabinets
All Bathroom Cabinets fit into one of the these categories. What you need to know first is why they are in their particular sector and is there a reason you should or could switch.
- Custom Bathroom Cabinets
- Semi-Custom Cabinets
- Stock Cabinets
- Framed or Frameless Bathroom Cabinets
Custom Bathroom Cabinets
Almost all Kitchen Cabinets line have bath vanities and linen cabinets. Kitchen Cabinet lines that are Semi-Custom or Custom also have the ability to customize their kitchen cabinets to suit bathrooms. We always recommend using bathroom cabinet heights, (34 1/2″), for Master bathrooms, since the primary users are adults. Using kitchen cabinet lines provides you with the opportunity to create wainscoting for tub areas, increased depths on linen cabinets, storage benches, etc.
We also use custom cabinets because some manufacturers can be competitive in their prices against some semi-custom cabinets depending on what their standard no charge upgrades are vs semi-customs charging for certain upgrades you may want. Custom cabinets work well with room additions for library and bookshelf cabinets as well as built in home offices. Many custom companies have also developed semi-custom lines but still keep their finishing processes, (typically hand finished), the same on both lines which gives you the benefit of a superior finish rather than a production finish. Definitely consider the quality of cabinetry since the life span of new cabinets for anywhere in your house is usually twenty years. Consider these cabinets an investment, just as you would furniture. Look to your Designer for guidance on Custom Cabinets that have a good reputation in your area. Adelphi Kitchens and Cabinetry has been a favorite for many years for custom cabinets as well as their semi-custom line. They are a privately owned company and very proud of their reputation and customer service. No matter what the issue, they have always satisfied us and our customers, not to mention making a beautiful product.
There are many companies that specialize in just cabinets for Bathrooms. They are typically designed in the “unfitted” look which mean they tend to look more like furniture pieces. Most of the come in only certain sizes, but of course there are a few that will customize. There are also some that will have all the parts to go with the cabinetry, such as the countertop with sink, framed mirror, etc.
Semi-Custom Bathroom Cabinets
A wonderful alternative to going full custom. They typically have all the bells and whistles for the interiors that custom has, and you can usually pick and choose your upgrades according to how you live with your cabinets. When remodeling bathrooms, this is the number one choice. This field has many different price points, since many Stock cabinet companies have developed Semi-custom lines and Custom cabinet companies have their own Semi-Custom lines. Find out the origins of your Semi-custom line, and if it has developed from another line, find out what processes came along with it, (ie, finishes, clips, etc.). Nice Semi-Custom lines can be a good money saver, and best of all it can look very custom if you have the right Designer. Jim Bishop Cabinets has one of the best lines we have seen. Their semi-custom line is so versatile and complete that you can pretty much do any style possible. They also have one of the biggest selections of stains and paints and glazes that we have seen, especially on their semi-custom line. Also a great price-point, and with this cabinet line, you can go up or down in the line depending on what you need or the budget you need to be in.
Framed or Frameless Bathroom Cabinets
Framed Box is generally the typical American cabinet that is a box with a face frame opening where the hinges are set for the door to attach. This allows for any overlay door.
Frameless Box is a box with no frame (frameless) and the hinges are set on the inside of the box for the door to attach.
Frameless boxes always have a “Full Overlay Door”. This door type is generally considered a more custom look, and in most cases you will pay more for full overlay.
Stock Bathroom Cabinets
A great solution for the budget conscious, and especially for those with a need for speed. Stock cabinets pretty much mean what they say, they are usually in stock at your local Big Box store. ( There is another even less expensive version – the kind you assemble yourself…you’re on your own for both advice and allen wrenches.) Stock cabinets can be great, nothing too fancy, limited sizes, but with the right design and a few Designer touches, nobody but the pros would ever know. Make sure you know what quality you are getting and if that will satisfy your project. Even if some of the bells and whistles are not available from the manufacturer, you can buy them aftermarket at the Big Box stores.
We think Diamond Cabinets is one of the better stock cabinets sold by the Big Box stores. We dealt with them long before they made the decision to leave independent dealers and go to the Box stores, and they were a good product with a solid reputation. So now they have a special stock line for the Box stores, and for “off the shelf” it’s a nice product for the price.