Built-In vs Free Standing Bathroom Cabinets

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Bathrooms are often among the smallest rooms in the house, but they are often used to store toiletries, paper goods, towels, sheets, and sometimes more. Bathroom storage space is at a premium and often requires creative uses of built-in or free-standing bathroom cabinets to fully exploit the room's potential.

Built-In Bathroom Cabinets

Bathrooms are often an ideal space for custom built-in cabinets. Built-in cabinets can be built to the exact specifications of your bathroom. The size, shape, length, width, and thickness can be altered to fit. Built-in cabinets can make use of the oddly shaped spaces surrounding the toilet or sink. Since they are custom-built, you can include extra features, such as a shelf built especially to accommodate a hairdryer or a toothbrush holder built into a cabinet. Built-in cabinets can be difficult to assemble, and almost always cost significantly more than free-standing bathroom cabinets.

Free-Standing Bathroom Cabinets

Free-standing bathroom cabinets are prefabricated and can usually be purchased at a hardware store or another retail establishment. They are significantly easier to assemble and are finished on all 4 sides. Since they are usually available in modular or movable units, free-standing bathroom cabinets can be rearranged as needed. They usually feature removable panels, making it easier to maintain or repair pipes. Free-standing bathroom cabinets almost always cost notably less than custom built-in cabinets.

Bathrooms may be small, but they serve an important purpose. Maximizing your bathroom storage space will help maximize the value you are getting from your home.