How High Should a Bathroom Cabinet Be Hung Over the Toilet?

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If not properly hanged, a bathroom cabinet could be unsafe and put you at the risk of injuries. It would also be very uncomfortable anytime you try to take stuff out of the cabinet. One question that every person buying a bathroom cabinet should ask is:

How high should a bathroom cabinet be hung over the toilet?

Your bathroom cabinet should be hung at least 2 feet above the toilet. This would give room for easy access, prevent you from accidentally knocking it over and make your bathroom look very organized.

If you’re in doubt, you should know that there is a wrong way to hang your bathroom cabinet. This write-up sort of revolves around that. I’d be calling attention to the right ways to hang your bathroom cabinet and factors to consider when hanging your bathroom cabinet.

I’d pretty much simplify the bathroom cabinet buying process for you.

Ways To Hang Your Bathroom Cabinet


1. Directly Above Your Toilet

This is one way most people hang their bathroom cabinets. It’s very accessible, comfortable to use, and it helps minimize space. Once you’ve successfully picked out the bathroom cabinet of your choice, visualize the cabinet over the toilet to see if it works.

You could also do a rough calculation of the cabinet size compared to the available space over your toilet. The cabinet doesn’t need to stay directly over the toilet.

If the space is not sufficient, try out other areas of the bathroom. Keep in mind that the cabinet must be placed at least 2 feet above the toilet for safety reasons.

2. Over The Washing Hand Basin

The trick to making this work is ensuring your bathroom is not crowded. A crowded bathroom might be stuffy and uncomfortable. If you have the right space, your bathroom cabinet could stay directly over the washing hand basin.

If your bathroom mirror already occupies this space, you could place the cabinet next to the mirror if the available space supports it. If not, you might have to stick with the position mentioned in the first point.

Or even look for a different spot entirely.

3. Place The Cabinet Close To The Floor Or Opt For A Floor Cabinet

There are so many ultra-modern floor cabinets that are just as good as the conventional wall bathroom cabinet. For this option, you also have to note that it must be at least 2 inches above the ground.

When choosing a floor bathroom cabinet, ensure that the one you go with has a base. This base would help the cabinet maintain a reasonable distance from the floor and prevent the cabinet doors from getting damaged anytime you open them.

Although this is a suitable alternative, you still have to find the perfect spot to place the floor bathroom cabinet. If not, it would distort the arrangement of your bathroom.

4. Place It Away From The Toilet Or Any Bathroom Installation

If you have the space for it, you could hang the bathroom cabinet away from either the toilet, washing hand basin, mirror, or door. Just pick that one spot that gives you unrestricted access to the cabinet and also allows you to pick whichever cabinet design you desire.

You could have a designated part of the bathroom dedicated to cabinets and storage alone if your bathroom permits it.

I did that with my bathroom, and it helped keep my bathroom very organized, clean, and nice to look at.

5. Place It Close To The Shower

This option should only be considered if you have a proper shower that keeps water in. If you don’t, you might have to constantly worry about water touching the cabinet, which might affect it over time. You could opt for water-friendly cabinets that don’t get affected by water.

Remember that it is all about placement. If you place the cabinet in the right way, you might never have to worry about water affecting the cabinet. Just know the exact space you’re working with and how to make the best of it.

Factors To Consider When Choosing A Bathroom Cabinet

1. Available Space

Space determines the type of cabinet that you choose. You cannot fit a 32-inch cabinet on a 20-inch wall. You have to ensure that there is enough space for the cabinet before buying it.

If you don’t know your way around choosing the best bathroom cabinets, you could get a professional to take a look at your bathroom, determine the best position to fix the cabinet, and help you pick out the perfect one.

You could also take a measuring tape, run it through your bathroom and carry out research to make a well-informed decision.

2. Items That Would Be Placed In The Cabinet

If you’ve noticed in the past that your bathroom wall is not so strong, you should carefully select a bathroom cabinet. You should not make decisions based on how beautiful the cabinets are.

If you can, renovate the bathroom area before installing any cabinets. If you can’t, you could also consider standing cabinets.

This is why you have to know what items would be kept in the cabinet before purchasing it. This helps you determine what works and what doesn’t. If your bathroom wall is sturdy enough, you could put bath gels, soaps, detergents, fabric softeners, creams, unused towels, tissues, face wipes, and so many others without having to worry.

If the bathroom wall is delicate, you might be limited to putting only light items in your cabinet like tissues and unused towels only. You won’t want to overload your cabinet if the wall is not strong enough. 

3. Ease Of Installation

Some bathroom cabinets are pretty easy to install. All you need are a few tools, and you’d be able to mount your bathroom cabinet in no time. Some cabinets, on the other hand, require professionals to set them up.

If you’d be going with such cabinets that require the services of an expert to install them, I recommend that you read all the terms and conditions before making a purchase.

There are specific bathroom cabinets that the installation costs as much as the cabinet itself. You wouldn’t want to be in such a situation, so do as much research on the bathroom cabinet you have in mind to prevent awkward situations.

4. The Cost Of The Cabinet

This is one key factor that determines the cabinet you’d choose for your bathroom. Various cabinet types come at different prices. Ensure you find the one that works with your budget.

There are so many high-end bathroom cabinets that are durable, produced with sturdy materials, and very affordable. You just have to know what you want and how to get it.

5. The Placement Of The Cabinet

One thing about choosing a bathroom cabinet is, you have to consider all the factors surrounding the installation of the cabinet.

Even the tiniest details matter. Imagine a situation where you’ve successfully installed your bathroom cabinet, and then you suddenly realize that the cabinet is restricting air circulation in your bathroom or the manner in which it was installed is affecting the lighting in your bathroom.

That would be so devastating. Ensure you double-check the placement position of your cabinet before making a purchase or before final installation.

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