Medicine cabinets can come in wood, medium-density fibreboard or faux-wood frames with molding, corbels and beading. Most medicine cabinets have mirrored fronts. Some medicine cabinets are frameless but made out of anodized aluminum or other metal and have adjustable glass shelves and a mirrored interior. The doors can have a right- or left-handed swing and are installable by the homeowner.
Frameless medicine cabinets are surface-mounted or recessed. Recessed medicine cabinets need a professional to install them. Some cabinets have oval mirrors, and some of the mirrors are beveled. Other types of cabinet are arched, cathedral-style or feature rounded corners. Some cabinets have an oval mirror that hides a square cabinet or frames that make them resemble regular mirrors.
Some large medicine cabinets have three-part mirrors that can be adjusted to show different angles. Other medicine cabinets have fretwork on the mirrored doors to make them resemble windows and feature open compartments beneath them. Still others come with open shelving to the sides and beneath the mirrored doors. Though many medicine cabinets don't come with knobs or handles, some come with small lock handles.
Long and narrow medicine chests are available to fit in small spaces, while other medicine chests are shaped like portholes with bolts around the rims. Other cabinets have clear glass windows, and most are available in several colors and finishes.