Planning to Install a Recessed Medicine Cabinet

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  • 2 hours
  • Intermediate
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What You'll Need
Stud/electrical/plumbing finder
Spirit level
Measuring tape
Utility knife
Two 2 by 4 lumber pieces

If you plan to install a recessed medicine cabinet, it is important that you know the proper way to install it in order to avoid damaging your bathroom walls and tiles. There are several factors you should consider before actually installing a recessed cabinet. Aside from knowing where to place it, it is also important to determine if you will hit any important wires or how far above it should be from the sink.

Wall Stud Location

The easiest way to determine if the area you have chosen to install the cabinet has a stud is to drill a small hole. Make a hole large enough that you can see inside, but do not dig deeper than the drywall.

If there is not a wall stud, then you are clear to install the recessed cabinet. If you find studs on the walls, there are several steps you have to take. Always mark the studs you have located to ensure that you know more exactly where each one is. Cut a hole between the studs as well as within the marks you have made. You can then insert lumber the length of the cabinet you will install on these holes. Nail the lumber to the studs on both sides.

Wiring and Plumbing

It is important to You can drill a small hole on the potential location of the medicine cabinet and check for plumbing or wiring. If you see wires, you must rewiring them. If you encounter any plumbing, it is advisable that you seek professional help.

Height of the Recessed Medicine Cabinet

The height of the recessed medicine cabinet is crucial,, and the best number is relative to the user. When measuring and planning, it is important to consider the height of the cabinet from the sink and far it should be from the light fixture already installed in the bathroom.

Measuring Tips

Use a measuring tape to do this important job. Consider how much mirror space you want, in addition to the needs of those who will be using the cabinet. If you already have an existing vanity in your bathroom, measure the space you need for the recessed medicine cabinet.