A medicine cabinet is a low-cost option to create extra space in your bathroom. Modern medicine cabinets come in a large selection of types and styles sure to complement your home décor.
Always use the hardware included with your new medicine cabinet. Also, read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before installing your new cabinet. If your medicine cabinet has lights, you may wish to consult a licensed electrician. All electrical connections must meet local and national electric codes. In addition, it is critical that any metal on the cabinet is grounded to prevent electrocution.
At its simplest, a surface-mounted medicine cabinet is no more difficult than hanging a mirror, provided you anchor it properly.
Measure and mark your wall stud locations before shopping for your flush-mounted cabinet. To avoid removing more than one wall stud, select a cabinet that’s less than 30 inches in width. (If you select a wider cabinet, plan to increase the cutting and framing described below.)
Note: Check to make sure heating ducts, plumbing lines and wiring do not run through the wall at the cabinet height before beginning. If you have any doubt, carefully cut a very small hole in the wall and use a flashlight and mirror to look around. It’s much easier to patch a hole than to repair the potential damage.
Verify that the wall is not load-bearing before proceeding. If you have any doubts, consult a building contractor or other professional. Load-bearing walls carry the weight of the entire structure, and cutting into them without special precautions is extremely dangerous. Most interior walls are not load-bearing, however.
Don’t stop with just a medicine cabinet. Consider upgrading your bathroom with other simple changes. Adding a large mirror or creating an accent wall with a different color of paint or wallpaper, for instance, will give your bathroom a new look.
This is a good step by step explanation on how to install a medicine cabinet. For the most part would the same hold true if you were installing a wood shelf? A modern look these days is to have wood boards as shelves on walls. I don’t like the look of them being held up from underneath but I like when you can’t tell how they are held up. Are there other tips for this? Thank you
Nice concepts shared. But its bit difficult to keep these cabinets neat and clean. Since its a place that always get wet. Having the cabinet drilled inside the wall at the time of construction also is a good idea. Doing so saves space and avoid the cabinet being uncomfortably projected outside your toilet door