cabinets

An X shaped bathroom faucet handle

Getting a Handle on Types of Faucets and Controls

When you’re selecting a faucet, make sure that it’s compatible with the sink you choose. Lavatory sinks are drilled for faucets with a distance of 4 inches (center-set) or 8 inches (widespread) between the hot and cold faucet handles. A single hole accommodates most single-control faucets. Many sinks are also available with centered single holes, and some have no drillings for faucets mounted directly on the countertop or on the wall.

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Handles and faucet

Getting a Handle on Types of Faucets and Controls

When you’re selecting a faucet, make sure that it’s compatible with the sink you choose. Lavatory sinks are drilled for faucets with a distance of 4 inches (center-set) or 8 inches (widespread) between the hot and cold faucet handles. A single hole accommodates most single-control faucets. Many sinks are also available with centered single holes, and some have no drillings for faucets mounted directly on the countertop or on the wall.

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A medical cabinet

Much Ado about Medicine Cabinets

There’s no better place to store medicines, toiletries, and other personal grooming products than right where you need them: in a convenient cabinet in the bathroom. Yes, you’ll still find boring antiseptic metal boxes faced with a mirror, but you’ll also see inspired and appealing designs with intricate beveled glass and mirrors and colorful whimsical designs.

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A black vanity cabinet with sink surface

Looking at your options

The traditional vanity cabinet, which offers the most counter and storage space, is used with a single basin or pair of basins and is installed by fastening it to the wall. Several types of basins are available, and the methods of installing them vary:

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A Vanity Cabinet with sink surface

Converting furniture to a vanity cabinet

Make a bathroom an original by reinventing an old dresser or cabinet into a vanity. The front of the furniture can remain intact, but the back needs to be cut to make room for plumbing pipes. You cut another hole in the top for the basin. Plan to refinish or paint it and give it a topcoat (or three) of polyurethane to make the surface water resistant. Use the following tips to turn Aunt Suzie’s dresser into a one-of-a-kind vanity.

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