Whether you are replacing your old bathroom cabinets with custom cabinets or stock cabinets, here’s an easy step by step design guide to make the most of your new cabinets.


Step 1: Determine Your Space

Are you keeping the existing layout and plumbing, or is there a better layout?

If you are changing the layout, how much space do you have available for your cabinetry? Knowing how much space you have will help you determine the ideal configuration of your new cabinetry.

Check out this Bathroom Layout Guide for the most common bathroom layouts.



The Internet has additional layout ideas, but before you get your heart set on one, make sure it meets the recommended guidelines and clearances. Consult our Bathroom Planning Guide for an illustrated guide that shows you  what you need to know about layout and clearances while planning your new bathroom.

Step 2: Define function and storage requirements

Chances are if you are doing a bathroom makeover, there are some things that could be improved.  Maybe you need more storage, two sinks or more accessibility.  For the Ensuite bathroom, two sinks are always better than one.  Adding drawer storage between the two sink cabinets will provide easy access for day to day things.  Adding a tall pantry for towels and toiletries is also a good idea to keep clutter at bay.

Step 3: Identify Your Style

Take your cues from the other rooms in your house.  Is your style traditional, transitional or do you prefer contemporary design? Your choices of door style, material and finish, handles, faucets, bath and lighting fixtures will all contribute to the design.  For inspiration, we recommend you research online – Pinterest, Houzz and Instagram are all great sources of inspiration.

Or take our Style Quiz. By answering six easy question, get instant style results.
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Step 4: Choose your door colour, species and finish

With your style in mind, your next step will be to have a look at your cabinetry options and confirm which one suits your budget.  At the DIY Cabinet Warehouse, you will find lots of affordable choices, door samples, and showroom displays to help you decide. 

Step 5: Select your countertop

The final step is choosing a countertop that will compliment your cabinetry. Your choices include laminate, quartz or a solid surface such as granite, quartzite or marble.