Five Differences Between Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets in New Jersey

We get it—bathroom vanities all seem to look the same, and kitchen cabinets often appear to lack creativity. It becomes tempting to switch them around, and if you find the perfect “bathroom cabinet” setup for your kitchen, why not use it? However, there are vast differences between kitchen and bathroom cabinets in New Jersey that do not make them interchangeable when you remodel your home. Here are five differences between them and some reassurance that, yes, you will find what you are looking for and your kitchen or bathroom remodel will be successful:

  • Depth: Bathroom cabinets are made for medication, toiletries and small styling items. Kitchen cabinets store plates, cooking supplies and large serving dishes, all of which require cabinet depth. The average depth of a bathroom cabinet is 21 inches, compared to the 24 inches of a kitchen cabinet. Those three inches make a big difference when you are stacking dishes or making room for that giant salad serving bowl.
  • Durability: Kitchen cabinets use heavy mounting material because dishes are heavy. You risk the cabinets collapsing if you decide you love those bathroom cabinets so much that you mount them in your kitchen. Your bathroom items are not heavy, so the mounting hardware for bathroom cabinets is not as durable. It is not possible to switch the hardware around without compromising structural integrity, so buy cabinets appropriate for the room.
  • Height: Manufacturers are starting to make bathroom cabinets taller, so homeowners do not have to bend down as frequently. However, most of the time, kitchen cabinets are 34 inches high and bathroom cabinets are set at 31 inches. Even if you prefer taller bathroom cabinets, you can find them without placing kitchen cabinets in your bathroom instead.
  • Footprint: Bathrooms are usually much smaller than kitchens, unless you have a particularly eccentric home. When you consider depth and height, kitchen cabinets simply take up more space. This can make a difference even in an expansive master bath, since they are usually never as large as your kitchen. But if you are remodeling a half bath or a full bath that barely gives you room to turn around, the footprint of bathroom specialty items will make the space issue easier to manage.
  • Different accommodations: You have different needs in kitchens and bathrooms, and cabinetry reflects that. Bathroom cabinets are built to accommodate plumbing, and sometimes extra electric outlets. Kitchen cabinets are made to withstand heavy kitchen items and the most you need to accommodate is electrical wiring for under-cabinet lights. Also, when discussing under-sink cabinets, the plumbing setup is different in kitchens compared to bathrooms. If you try to mix and match, there will be drilling and sawing in your future, and not all of it will be attractive or work well.

Sunshine Home Supplies is here for you when you need kitchen or bathroom cabinets in New Jersey. We offer a wide selection and we are certain you will find something you love. Call or visit today to learn more!