Fighting the Clutter Bug
Modern bathroom cabinets can bring new life and more storage space to any bathing environment while maintaining a comfortable floor plan. Clutter is the enemy and keeping your bath organized starts with having a place to put your belongings. Since storage space is so important in powder rooms, and newer cabinets offer plenty of it, many people opt for them, even if their other fixtures are quite old.
From already assembled mass produced stock cabinets to furnishings you have to assemble yourself, modern bath collections come in a wide range of sizes to fit most contemporary homes. These cupboards, containing drawers for storage or display, offer the homeowner a choice of doors but for the most part, drawers and shelving options are not as customizable when purchasing this type of built-in furniture.
There are however semi-custom cabinet pieces made in a vast variety of styles, sizes and finishes for you to create your own combination of fashionable washroom units. Tall cabinets can be substituted for linen closets. Frameless models are more common in non – classical and contemporary styled homes whereas framed units with face frames, fit more comfortably into a traditional or period styled home.
Measure Twice – Install Once
Regardless of what type of ensuite you have, it never hurts to know how to install this home addition, because you never know when you may want to redecorate or add more storage, convenience and comfort to your bathing area.
As is the case with installing bath furniture, some tools are required to properly incorporate trendy present – day cabinets into your homes design. Here’s a list of essential tools that you will need for your custom storage solutions:
• Drywall screws
• Tape measure
• Carpenter level
When trying to decide which current restroom cupboards to purchase, you need to visualize the amount of actual storage space you will need as opposed to how your compartments will look. The first step you need to take, before even looking at the many different options for your articles of furniture, is to measure the space where you want to install your stylish lavatory cabinetry.
If you want a custom-made cabinet, you will need to provide the size to the company creating it, and if picking an already-made unit you must check its size to see if it fits where you want to place it.
This may not seem like a major issue for those with a large bathroom, but keep in mind that there are plenty of people that have a small bathing area where every bit of space is important and furniture placement has to be optimized to make the most of your storage area.
Convenience and Accessibility
Next you need to think about placement, mainly how accessible your cabinets will be from your sink and that what you need for bathing is conveniently within reach. This will also help you determine just how many units you will ultimately need.
As we all already know, storage space in a home lavatory is especially deficient for the storing of toiletries and grooming supplies so make sure that you have sufficient room to ensure that these essentials aren’t stuffed together in a drawer. Fashionable modern cabinets can be built-in vanity components designed to maximize wall space and in return supplying plenty of open and closed storage to meet your needs.
You don’t want your cabinetry to encroach on much needed floor space in front of your toilet, tub or sink. It is only after you have developed some sort of placement strategy that you can turn your attention to picking the right cabinet style.
After the measurements for the storage furniture is complete, some marking is in order. Use a pencil and a ruler to draw guide lines on your walls for placement, once you think you’ve found the perfect position for your new fashionable fittings.
If you have the space, when using these furnishings as a design element, more than one unit can easily be installed to create an interesting vanity composition and bring in much needed storage to your grooming space.
Preparing to Install
Before moving on to the actual installation of your new consoles, we highly recommend removing all doors or drawers from the storage units to reduce weight and facilitate the installation process. A door may unexpectedly swing open or a drawer slip out during the procedure and it might end up falling and either hurting yourself, or tumble to the floor and break.
Not only that, but your new housing will be much lighter and more easily placed into the right position when these items are removed. This is especially true if you have a large display cases or a bulky enclosed rack for holding accessories and supplies.
Use a carpenter’s level to make sure that your new chic bath display module is straight, or items may fall out of it! After the cabinet is level and placed in the right position, use the drywall screws to secure your compartment to the wall, making sure to place a screw in every place marked on the manufactures schematics.
Making it all Fit Together
It is very important to allow enough room in front for the doors and drawers to open and close without any hindrance. Also make sure you leave enough wall space for your grooming mirror and wall lighting fixtures if they are part of your décor plan.
In the case of freestanding furniture cases, no fixing to the wall is required which allows you to rearrange the decor whenever you want a change or come up with a more efficient use of your floor space!
As mentioned above, homeowners can use modern bath cabinets as a design element, and instead of picking a case based on the number of drawers it has or the extra storage space that it adds, it is picked based on how it looks or what materials it is made of. If this is you, just remember that these pieces of furniture often serve as a focal point for the chamber to help define the overall design, not just to unclutter your the bath so choose materials carefully.
Choosing a Style That Reflects Your Taste
Once you have met your fundamental space requirement, choose a unit that reflects your particular design awareness. Metal cabinets are becoming increasingly popular, as they look excellent in any ultra-modern residence, but wooden models shouldn’t be forgotten, because they are universal and give a traditional look to any home.
When selecting cabinetry, it is important not to forget about the hardware. Take into account the look, feel and function of your new fittings. The good thing about knobs, handles and pulls is that when your taste’s change, replacing them is a quick and easy way to update the look of your washroom.
Modern lavatory hardware can not only help to accessorize your bath but it is also the best way to customize the room. Shop around for the different storage and display options for your bathroom because price can differ substantially from vendor to vendor.
Don’t rush the decision and take a few days to check other models to see if nothing else strikes your fancy. Regardless if you choose your new unit based on aesthetics or based on functionality, make sure you pick right, because the model you choose will probably be in your bath for a very long time! Ok, now you know how so let’s get cracking on updating your home!