Recessed Medicine Cabinet - framed or frameless

SadieVMarch 7, 2012

We have a small bathroom that we will be renovating in traditional/transitional casual style. Vanity and wood trim will be a medium stained birch. As its a small room, (and the bath my husband uses) I need to optimize my storage options. I would like to use a Robern recessed medicine chest and would prefer a framed version, but I can't justify the prices, and the framed ones don't come in the large size I'm looking for (20"w x 36"l). The frameless - with either a flat or beveled mirror are more in our price range.

On the same wall as the vanity and medicine chest, I'm planning a recessed open cabinet made and framed in the stained birch. It will hold stacks of towels and some of the lined wicker type baskets for storage. The shower will be tiled.

Is the frameless medicine chest too contemporary looking for the wood trim and cabinet? Would you suggest beveled mirror or flat? I have found other companies making framed medicine chests but wasn't happy with the quality. The Robern seems to be constructed very well.

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We have three frameless, recessed Robern med cabs, and are very happy with all three. We have 3 1/2-4" deep models in the guest bathroom and hall bathroom, and a 6" deep model in the MB. Our bathrooms are small as well (MB is the smallest, go figure!), so storage space was a concern for us as well. I love my 6" med cab--can fit a lot in there!

Ours all have flat mirrors, because that was our preference. I think you would be fine with whichever one you choose--I don't think there is a hard and fast rule which type of mirror you can use with a traditional or contemporary or ultra modern bathroom. I've seen bathrooms of all types using a wide range of med cab styles and none ever looked out-of-place to me.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 3:40PM
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Cat_mom -- thanks for your recommendaton. Is the 6" cabinet recessed into the wall, and then protrudes forward a couple of inches? Would you happen to have a picture? The idea of the extra storage is tempting, I'm just curious how the finished installation looks.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 3:46PM
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Our framed mirror cabinet measures 24 x 30 and is 4" deep. We found it on close-out at a local bath shop (Broan I believe)but I've seen similar at Home Depot for around $200. We wanted the look of a mirror hanging on the wall and this gave us the result we were seeking.

This bath is fairly small too, about 6 x 8, and we opted for a train rack to hold extra towels. Good luck with the remodel.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 5:42PM
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Can you get some trim to match your cabinets and frame the recessed cabinet with the trim? We have Robern frameless recessed cabinets, but put some insulation behind the cabinets so that they protruded from the wall. Then we added trim to cover the protrusion.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 6:38PM
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The 6" deep med cab is as recessed as the other two (in other words, it doesn't protrude forward any more than the others). Behind part of our MB is the master bedroom closet, so the extra inches of med cab stick out into the closet. I will try to get a pic for you later or tomorrow. If I forget--email a reminder through GW!

    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 9:40PM
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