Bath Cabinets vs. Kitchen Cabinets
Bath cabinets mostly differ from kitchen cabinets in the areas of the depth and height.
In the kitchen, cabinets are always an integral part of the space’s functionality and design. But in the bathroom, cabinets are somewhat optional. Small bathrooms might not have room for cabinets, while larger bathrooms might have a separate closet for storing towels, toiletries and other items.
Still, there is usually one bathroom in your home that needs cabinetry. Here is how bathroom cabinets compare to kitchen cabinets:
Bathroom and kitchen cabinets have plenty of similarities, especially when it comes to materials, construction and finishes. Many of the options that are available for kitchen cabinets are also available for bathroom cabinets.
The major difference between bath and kitchen cabinets is size. Bathroom cabinets typically are both shorter and shallower than kitchen cabinets.
The most common type of bathroom cabinetry is a vanity cabinet, which resembles a sink base cabinet in a kitchen. However, base cabinets in the kitchen are typically 24 inches deep and 34½ inches high, while vanity cabinets are usually 21 inches deep and range from 31½ to 34½ inches in height. “We are seeing a lot of customers using 34½” high in master bath settings,” says Rick Yohn of Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry.
Wall or upper cabinets for the bathroom are typically 9 inches deep, while kitchen wall cabinets are generally 12 inches deep.
Tall storage or utility cabinets, used in the bathroom to house towels and other linens, usually have a depth of 21 inches. When used in the kitchen, these same types of cabinets typically have a depth of 24 inches.
Medicine cabinets are unique to the bathroom.