How to Install a Recessed Medicine Cabinet

medicine cabinet
What You'll Need
Tape measure
Stud finder
Screw driver

A recessed medicine cabinet will give a modern appeal to your bathroom. It can keep your counters clear of clutter, but still provide what you need at hand. Follow these tips to install a recessed medicine cabinet in your existing wall.

Step 1 - Position the Cabinet

The normal height is 72-inches from the floor to the top of the cabinet. Be sure to make adjustments if the user is significantly shorter or taller than average.

Step 2 - Beware of What’s Behind the Wall

large hole in drywall

Locate the studs in the wall using a stud finder. Carefully cut a small opening on the sides of the stud to check for plumbing and electrical wires. If there are obstructions, they must be moved, usually by a licensed plumber or electrician. Alternately, find a new place to mount the medicine cabinet.

Step 3 - Cut Out the Opening

Once you have a clear wall, trace the outline of the back of the cabinet on the wall and cut the opening with a saw. Trim the stud as needed to fit the cabinet in the opening. Another kind of recessed cabinet is meant to be installed between the studs.

Step 4 - Final Adjustments

Be sure to level the cabinet before screwing it into place. Attach the door and ensure that it opens and closes freely. Then screw it into place.

Now you can fill the cabinet with your essentials and nobody will suspect what you have behind the mirror.