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How Much Does a Medicine Cabinet Cost?

 
low costLow-End Rectangular Cabinet: $15-$100average costLarge Medicine Cabinet: $100-$500+high costFurniture-Style or Premium Medicine Cabinet: $500-$6,000+
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Medicine cabinets can be strictly utilitarian or a key element of luxury decor. The front mirror may open like a door or slide from side to side. The entire cabinet may be recessed into a cut-out space so it's flush against the wall or surface-mounted, so it protrudes into the room; some deep cabinets are semi-recessed, with a portion of the mirror's depth set into the wall and the rest protruding outward.

Typical costs:

  • A low-end rectangular medicine cabinet about 4"-6" deep and varying from 15"x20" to 30"x36" with a standard hinged door starts around $15-$30 for a small plastic recessed model with one or two immovable shelves. It can cost $30-$100 for slightly larger and more durable recessed or wall-mount cabinets in plastic or stainless steel with adjustable shelves at stores like Home Depot[1] or Lowe's[2] or Target[3] or Walmart[4] .
  • Expect to pay $100-$500 or more for a larger cabinet with more durable materials and stylish details, like an oval shape, a frameless edge, sliding doors, hidden hinges, a safety lock or other options. For example, the rectangular Broan NuTone Premier Studio V Series Model S568N[5] is either 4" or 6" deep and 25" to 35" long with three adjustable 1/4-inch-thick glass shelves and either a traditional or contemporary frame; it costs $130-$370 depending on the size, finish and style.
  • It can cost $500-$1,200 or more for furniture-style medicine cabinets or those with options like lighting, power outlets or anti-fogging features. For example, the semi-recessed Alfina Wilshire II Large Medicine Cabinet[6] is 25.75"x30"x7" and topped with classic crown molding, and costs $675-$940.
  • Large, elegant medicine cabinets made with premium construction materials and methods can cost $1,200-$6,000 or more, depending on size, configuration, style and the status of the manufacturer or designer. For example, the recessed Kohler Purist K-3091[7] is 24"x36" and 6.6" to 7.4" deep, and costs $2,322. It's often paired with 12" mirrored side cabinets that cost $1,425 each, bringing the total cost for a three-piece unit to $5,172. Professional installation can add $200-$800 or more, bringing the total cost to $5,400-$6,000 or more for a three-piece set.
  • Professional installation of a medicine cabinet starts around $100-$200 for a handyman or carpenter to install a same-size-replacement recessed cabinet or a simple wall-mount model, and increases based on the size of the cabinet and the complexity of the installation (multiple cabinets, electrical outlets, etc.).
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What should be included:
  • The medicine cabinet typically comes with any required screws and other installation hardware, particularly for surface-mount models.
  • Installation can range from fairly easy and straightforward for hanging a small surface-mount medicine cabinet to relatively complex when cutting a hole in the wall and installing a large recessed medicine cabinet. Small cabinets are designed to fit between studs in a typical wall, but installing a larger recessed medicine cabinet may require cutting through studs and installing new support. Expert Village posts a how-to video[8] for hanging a surface-mount medicine cabinet, and HGTV.com provides a how-to video[9] for installing a small recessed medicine cabinet. ThisOldHouse.com gives written DIY instructions[10] for installing a wider medicine cabinet that requires cutting through a stud, estimating the project takes four hours and moderate DIY skills.
Shopping for a medicine cabinet:
  • There's a wide range of sizes, shapes and colors available. ThisOldHouse.com provides photo galleries of standard medicine cabinets[11] and medicine cabinets with unique features[12] like a refrigerated compartment for temperature-sensitive medications and beauty products, safety locks or built-in lighting.
  • DoItYourself.com lists tips for choosing a medicine cabinet[13] .
  • In addition to home improvement centers and discount stores, medicine cabinets are available at hardware stores like Ace Hardware[14] , home decor stores like Bed Bath & Beyond[15] and online retailers like Amazon[16] .
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  7.  www.us.kohler.com/us/../us/catalog/productDetails.jsp?productId=421413&_requestid=1444204
  8.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=afilIiEG1gk
  9.  www.hgtv.com/video/medicine-cabinet-video/index.html
  10.  www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,20048437,00.html
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  12.  www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20236624,00.html
  13.  www.doityourself.com/stry/selecting-a-medicine-cabinet-styles-and-options
  14.  www.acehardware.com/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=&kw=medicine%20cabinet&origkw=medicine%20c...
  15.  www.bedbathandbeyond.com/search/search.aspx/medicine-cabinet/?sstr=medicine+cabinet&dim...
  16.  www.amazon.com/s/search-alias%3Dgarden&field-keywords=medicine+cabinet&x=0&y=0&sprefix=...
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