Medicine Cabinets with More
You asked for it: medicine cabinets with built-in extras that resolve everyday issues
This Old House reader Walter Williams of Homer, New York, sent us a good question: "How can I shave when the mirror keeps fogging up?" Barbara Serrell of Beaverton, Michigan, had issues with her medicine cabinet, too. Hers was so shallow she couldn't close the door on a roll of toilet paper. So when condensation and crammed shelves stand between loyal readers and their first cup of coffee, we have to wonder: Shouldn't a medicine cabinet keep you from getting steamed—and your Charmin from getting squeezed? Turns out great minds in cabinet design have been thinking the same thing. We've found over-the-sink answers to your every need, including hidden power strips for charging up your gizmos and doors that lock to keep out prying eyes. Some cabinets will even, yes, clear away the fog. Now if that's not an incentive to rise and shine, maybe we should talk about a cozier robe.
Key feature: A refrigerated compartment in this Robern cabinet holds temperature-sensitive meds, gel capsules, and cosmetics.
Extras: Extra-deep glass shelves adjust to hold tall water bottles. Concealed hinges open fully for multiangled views in the mirror-lined door. 30 inches tall by 19 inches wide by 8 inches deep.
Cost: about $1,117, Underbid
Price to value: Worth it if your morning routine requires a trip to the downstairs fridge.
Key feature: A two-outlet power strip in this Century Bathworks cabinet recharges your electric toothbrush or razor.
Extras: Hard-wiring also warms the mirrored door to clear condensation. 30 inches tall by 15 inches wide by
6 inches deep.
Cost: about $640, Home Portfolio
Price to value: A safe investment if you want to keep wires away from
the sink and behind closed doors.
Key feature: A deep, rounded cubby holds two spare rolls of toilet tissue.
Extras: The glass shelves in this Kohler model adjust to accommodate bottles of liquid
soap and hand lotion. 31 inches tall by 20 inches wide by 6 1/4 inches deep.
Cost: about $144, Kohler
Price to value: At this price, it's hard to go wrong.
Kye feature: His-and-hers side cabinets come in this dark-wood modular system by Decolav.
Extras: A middle unit has cubbies with flip-down doors for shared stuff. 26 inches tall by 60 inches wide by 4½ inches deep.
Cost: about $510, The Bathroom Depot
Price to value: A sensible choice for avoiding toothpaste tussles.
Key feature: A discreet lock on the side of this bronze-finish framed cabinet from Nutone comes with two keys.
Extras: The white-painted stainless-steel body is rust-resistant, and the three glass shelves are adjustable.
25½ inches tall by 15 3⁄4 inches wide by 3½ inches deep.
Cost: about $218, NuTone
Price to value: When kids are around, it provides peace of mind.
Key feature: Two lights come built into this space-saving Strasser Woodenworks cabinet.
Extras: The cherry-stained wood and satin-nickel fixtures with frosted-glass shades make a great fit for traditional baths. 31 inches tall by 21½ inches wide by 5½ inches deep
Cost: about $780, KitchensnBath
Price to value: Worth the price when separate components would be a tight squeeze.
Key feature: A 5½-inch magnifying mirror is set into this Whitehaus Collection cabinet's wide oval door and can lie flush or swivel.
Extras: The interior is mirrored too. 23½ inches tall by 25½ inches wide by 4 inches deep.
Cost: about $450, Homeclick
Price to value: It's a smart splurge if it can speed up your morning routine.
Key features: 6-inch-deep glass shelves can handle bulky bottles and canisters.
Extras: Beveled-mirror side strips give this metal-frame NuTone cabinet a finished look even when it protrudes from the wall. 25½ inches tall by 15 3⁄4 inches wide by 6 inches deep.
Cost: about $248, Homeclick
Price to value: Think of all the money you'll save buying vitamins in bulk.