Installing a Medicine Cabinet in 8 Easy Steps
Installing a medicine cabinet is a big job, but it’s not impossible. In fact, many DIY’ers do this kind of work all the time. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to put up a new cabinet, wonder no more. Here’s how to install your next medicine cabinet in 8 simple steps.
Locate Pre-drilled Nailing Strips
Bathroom medicine cabinets can be a bit tricky to install, but most of them come with pre-drilled nailing strips to help you get started. These are holes where you will put nails or bolts through.
Find Studs behind the Drywall
Finding the studs will be the hardest part of the job. A good stud finder can cost you over $50, with many costing over $100. But, if you have one, it will allow you to reliably find studs in the wall without tearing the drywall down. You want to drill into the studs, and avoid using anchors whenever possible. Anchors in drywall might hold, but their weight capacity can be affected by several factors.
And, since you’re hanging a cabinet with a mirror (most likely), you want to reduce the risk of a catastrophic failure of the hanging system.
Mark the Cabinet
Be sure to mark where you would like the top of the cabinet to be placed on your wall. Usually, this will be roughly 73 inches from the floor.
Drill Mounting Holes
Drill mounting holes into the studs. The holes should be just slightly smaller than the nails or screws you’re using.
Drill Pilot Holes
A pilot hole will help you better mount the cabinet to the wall.
If you have to drill holes into the drywall, use drywall mounting hardware with drywall anchors. This will help distribute the weight of the cabinet over the surface area of the drywall. While it’s best to drill into studs, many manufacturers realize that this isn’t always possible. Many cabinets from reputable companies like Bed, Bath and Beyond, come with special mounting hardware so that they can be anchored to the wall using special anchor screws.
Secure One Side of the Cabinet
Secure one side of the cabinet with your mounting hardware. This will become a reference point for the other side of the cabinet. Don’t worry about trying to line up everything perfectly just yet. Only worry about one side, get it loosely secured to the wall, and make sure that the side you’re securing is flush with the mark you made earlier.
Level and Secure the Other Side of the Cabinet
Once you have one side of the cabinet secure, you can secure the other side. This should be fairly easy, but use a level to make sure your cabinet is on straight. In some older homes, the walls are not level, so getting a level mounting can be a bit tricky.
Using a level pretty much eliminates any possibility of having anything but a level cabinet installation. Make sure the level is calibrated before you start, and you should be good to go.
Miriam Porter has renovated her share of bathrooms in her day. An avid decorator and blogger, she likes to spend her spare time writing about ways to make a home more livable. You can find her illuminating articles on many of today’s top websites and blogs.