The world of cabinetry has terminology that can be a little overwhelming at first glance, but it’s fairly simple, once you understand a few key terms. Things like wall cabinets, base cabinets, frameless or European cabinets, fillers, false drawers, and insets are all terms and phrases you can expect to hear when you shop for cabinets.
Bathroom cabinetry has all the same phrases, but you’ll typically be working with more water-resistant materials.
What Are Base Cabinets?
You can think of base cabinets as the foundation of your cabinetry. These cabinets are designed to sit on the floor and provide storage space.
Base cabinets are also the primary base for your countertops. While some all-in-one cabinetry sets may come with countertops attached, the vast majority of base cabinets will have no top. This means you’ll be able to see the drawers or cabinets inside while looking down through the cabinet.
Base cabinets are important, as they are typically the first thing installed in a new or remodeled kitchen. Because of this, it’s important to make sure your cabinetry contractor and tiling contractor are on the same page.
The base cabinet will either be installed straight onto the subfloor or it will be installed atop the tile. There may be weight considerations, depending on the type of tile and the heaviness of your chosen countertop, so be sure and discuss these with your installation professionals.
How Are Sink Base Cabinets Different?
The first difference everyone notices about sink base cabinets is the false drawer that sits on the cabinet face below the sink. We’ve all pulled on one at a friend’s house, expecting it to open so we can find the silverware, only to realize we’ve been duped again by that false drawer.
The false drawer, of course, is there to accommodate the sink base. Thankfully, the cabinet door immediately below the false drawer is not a figment of your imagination and can be opened to access the plumbing and to keep a few cleaning essentials within arms reach while doing the dishes.
Another key difference with sink base cabinets is that they are typically wider than most base cabinets. This is especially true with double basin kitchen sinks that require a wider footprint.
Base cabinets may also have special veneers or coatings on the interior and exterior to help minimize water damage which can lead to needing to replace the bottom of the base cabinet.
Lastly, while regular base cabinets are typically lined up to form a long countertop in a kitchen, sink bases are often available as stand-alone cabinets and one-piece vanities for bathrooms where space is at a premium. How much custom bathroom cabinets cost varies, so be sure to research when selecting yours.
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