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How to Install a Bathroom Cabinet

by Holly McGurgan

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Wall-mounted bathroom cabinet

Things You Need:

  • Newspapers
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil
  • Yardstick
  • Stud finder
  • Drill
  • Wood screws
  • Scrap wood
  • Level
  • Wood putty
  • Paint drop cloth
  • Anchor bolts

Installing a bathroom cabinet increases storage space in a cramped bathroom and adds a decorative touch to your walls. When you install a bathroom cabinet, care must be taken to avoid damaging the cabinet doors, as this is the most visible part of the cabinet. Wall cabinets can be installed over toilets, sinks or anywhere where extra storage is needed. Cabinet installation can easily be accomplished in a few hours using a few common household tools. Look below to learn how to install a bathroom cabinet.

Installing a Bathroom Cabinet:

  1. Cut newspapers. Cut newspapers to match the size of the cabinet. Place the newspaper on the wall with masking tape to determine the best placement for your cabinet. You may need to tape several pieces of newspaper together if your cabinet is large.

  2. Mark the area. Use a pencil and a yardstick to draw a line marking where the bottom edge of the cabinet should be placed on the wall. If the wall cabinet will be installed over a base cabinet, be sure that the wall cabinet placement lines up perfectly with the base cabinet.

  3. Find the studs. Locate the studs in your bathroom wall with a stud finder. Mark the location of the studs with pencil on the wall and the cabinet.

  4. Take off the doors. If possible, remove the doors to make it easier to hang the bathroom cabinet. Removing the doors also prevents them from being damaged by a drill or other tools.

  5. Make pilot holes. Make pilot holes in the back of the cabinet with a drill. The pilot holes should be slightly smaller than the circumference of the wood screws you will be using to attach the cabinet. Place holes near the corners in the back wall of the cabinet; these holes should correspond with the location of a stud. Cabinets often contain strips of wood near the top and bottom that should be used to hang the cabinets. Make sure that you drill holes through these pieces of wood.

  6. Apply screws. Drive two-inch or three-inch wood screws through the pilot holes into the studs. The size of screws you use will depend on the thickness of wood used in the cabinet. Check the position of the cabinet with a level before you finish tightening the screws.

  7. Put the doors back. Replace the cabinet doors after the bathroom cabinet is securely attached to the wall. Remove the supporting piece of wood from the bottom of the cabinet. Screw holes can be filled in with wood putty and painted to match the wall.

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