Pros and Cons of Using Kitchen Cabinets for a Bathroom Vanity

ariel adams vanityYou may find this situation familiar. You’re scouring all the local home improvement stores for a new bathroom sink vanity, but you just can’t find what you’re looking for. All of them are too short, and they don’t give you the amount of storage space you need. Then the thought suddenly hits you: What if I used this amazing kitchen cabinet and turned it into a bath vanity? It may sound like a silly thought, but it has actually been done many times before, and many people love the results.

Many people have trouble finding a bath vanity that they like, and use kitchen cabinets instead. Kitchen cabinets and bathroom sink cabinets are not mutually exclusive, and can cross over well if done correctly. You choose from a selection of vanity tops to transform a kitchen cabinet into a bath vanity.

Here are the pros and cons of this idea to help you determine if such an endeavor is right for you:


Kitchen cabinets have taller and deeper measurements, if that is what you prefer. It creates enough space to place a laundry hamper underneath or store more of your toiletries. This also means extra counter space if you have more items to display or need a place to spread out to do your makeup.


You have to remove the drawers and glue their faces back onto the cabinet structure. Bathroom vanities can’t have drawers under the sink because you need room for the plumbing. You also have to take other elements of the kitchen cabinet apart to perform the necessary reinforcements. You’ll need to seal the wood before using any kitchen cabinets in the bathroom. This guards against moisture damage. This all takes more time and effort than just ordering from a selection of standard bath vanities. You’ll also need to make sure that the added height and depth doesn’t block any doors or walkways.

Cost and Final Considerations

The cost of either option depends a lot on the initial price and where you order it from, as well as any DIY materials needed to convert the kitchen cabinets. Some report that it is actually cheaper to use kitchen cabinets, while just as many say that traditional bathroom cabinets are less expensive.

It seems that cost would be less of a factor and that it would be more an issue of time spent converting the kitchen cabinet and how much space is available for the added depth and height. Those over six feet may not feel comfortable at a standard bath vanity height, and they may prefer converted kitchen cabinets. Those who are shorter may not like kitchen cabinets for this reason.

Try ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets in your bathroom. You install them yourself, and you don’t have to disassemble them to make adjustments. View our online catalog for a list of choices.

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