How to Install Wall-Mounted Bathroom Cabinets in 5 Steps

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  • 2-5 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 100-500
What You'll Need
Stud finder
Straight edge
Screwdriver/power drill

Wall-mounted bathroom cabinets are a wonderful way to save space in your bathroom, reduce clutter, and store personal items out of the way. There are several different kinds of wall-mounted bathroom cabinets from which to choose; each has its own purpose and use.

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Medicine Cabinets

Medicine cabinets are often wall-mounted above the bathroom sink and below the bathroom mirror, or include the mirror itself. Medicine cabinets can be small, made of metal with small plastic doors or constructed of wood and have mirror doors attached for ease of use.

Storage Cabinets

Bathroom storage cabinets can be stacked or mounted as a single cabinet on the bathroom wall. This type of storage cabinet can be filled with everything from towels to extra toiletries. Storage cabinets are often wall-mounted over the toilet for convenience and ease of use.

Bathroom storage cabinets can be constructed of metal, wood, or even glass. You can even find bathroom storage cabinets with glass doors that are clear, frosted, or made of stained glass.

For many homeowners, a combination of several different types of bathroom cabinets completes their bathroom storage needs. Here are 5 steps to build your own.

Step 1 - Find the Correct Mounting Position

Using a stud finder, mark the location of the wall studs in the area where you want to hang your wall-mounted bathroom cabinet. Hanging your cabinet on wall studs will ensure that your cabinet will not collapse off of the wall when you place any heavier items in it.

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Step 2 - Mark the Area for Reference

Using your level and straight edge, draw a level horizontal line on the wall where the bottom of each wall-mounted cabinet will be placed. Lightly map your cabinet placement by penciling in your cabinet on the wall where you intend to place it.

Step 3 - Attach Supports

Temporarily attach a 1x3-inch wood support rail along the line you have just drawn for the bottom edge of your cabinet with three or four 2-inch screws, drilling them into the wall studs. Use your level to make sure this support rail is even and your cabinets will hang level.

Step 4 - Place the Cabinet

Lightly place your cabinet on the upper edge of your temporary support rail and hold it against the wall. Drill pilot holes through the strong sturdy part of the cabinet back or the support rail of the cabinet into your located wall studs. Using wall screws at least 1.5-inches long or longer, screw the cabinet to the wall as it rests on the support.

Step 5 - Finishing Steps

Remove the temporary wall support. Wall-mounted bathroom cabinets are often a great solution for bathroom storage needs. Wall-mounted cabinets solve space challenges that come with small bathrooms. Many homeowners find that they can install just a few wall-mounted bathroom cabinets and solve their storage needs.

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