In any home, things always look neater and cleaner when items are off the floor and put away in proper storage.

This is especially important in bathrooms, where everything from towels to toiletries must be stored while remaining accessible for everyday use. To achieve a more contemporary, streamlined look, architects and designers are incorporating elevated, or floating vanities and cabinets into bathrooms of all sizes — including those in both single-family homes and multifamily buildings.

Aside from aesthetic value, what do these elevated storage options add to a bathroom’s design? Below are just a few of the benefits that are unique to floating vanities and cabinets:

When cabinets are specified for a high rise or multifamily residential project it is not only about how they fit or look in the space. It’s also about what’s on the inside – specifically, the mechanisms and construction methods that impact everything from cabinetry’s cost to functionality.

In the videos that follow, I’ll provide a brief overview of the three types of drawer box cabinet construction – the plywood drawer box, the metal drawer box and the maple dovetail drawer box – and explain the benefits of each as it relates to functionality and budget.

The architect, developer, designer or contractor is often challenged with deciding which cabinet material is best for a high-rise residential development design project, especially for kitchen and bathroom cabinets, but it always comes down to wood vs. laminate. While there’s nothing like the beauty of natural wood, it’s not always the best option for cabinetry, especially in a multifamily development where renters may not properly maintain materials.

Thermally-fused laminate (TFL), a lower-cost, low-maintenance alternative, has become an increasingly popular choice – even in single-family homes. Using TFL makes it possible to create an affordable, customizable cabinet that is equally capable of fulfilling the vision for a project.

As with any design decision, there are a number of factors that should be considered before choosing TFL over wood. Below is a list of the pros and cons: