Build Bathroom Vanities and Cabinets

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What You'll Need
Table saw
Nails and screws
Wood glue
Tape measure

With a moderate level of woodworking knowledge, build your own bathroom vanities and cabinets with a perfect custom look at a fraction of the cost. You can purchase plans to make the building process easier. It’s also helpful if you have a computer aided design program so you can enter your measurements and look at the layout before you start to build. This isn’t necessary, but it might make things easier.

Prep Work

Determine where you want to place your new vanity or cabinet. Take good measurements and make note of them.
Draw a rough sketch of the vanity or cabinet so you have something to go by. Scale it as well. Determine what type of wood will work best for your project. Take the sketch and measurements with you to the hardware store to get the lumber. Remember to purchase all the hardware you will need. Don’t forget things like door handles and drawer pulls.


Use your table saw to cut the framing boards to your measured lengths. Start to layout the framework. You can put it together using the wood glue and screws. Use the level to make sure everything is even before the glue dries. It will be much easier to reposition anything with wet glue. Always make sure the glue is dried completely before continuing to the next step.

Now that the frame is in place, you can attach the back and side boards to the cabinet. Again, use wood glue and screws to secure everything. Check to ensure they are square. You don’t want a wobbly or crooked cabinet!
Paint or stain the cabinet the color you wish, as well as the doors you have cut. Continue only after everything is completely dry.

Attach the doors using the hardware you’ve purchased. Take your time on this; it will be less of a headache if the doors are hung correctly the first time. Your best bet is to hand tighten any screws for the hinges. You can tighten them more later. You don’t want the wood to splinter if the hinge is too tight.


Now that the cabinet has been built, install it in the measured area of your bathroom. Make sure you are securing the cabinet to wall studs to prevent it from failing or tearing a hole in your wall. Once the cabinet is in the bathroom, check to ensure the doors have enough clearance to open and close without any obstruction. If they don’t, then you can either adjust the hinges or work on new doors.