How To Install a Bathroom Medicine Cabinet

A medicine cabinet can be one of the most important items in a bathroom. Everyone wants to have a mirror in the bath, but medicine cabinets go way beyond just providing a mirror!

They also provide quite a bit of storage for anything from medicines to razors. And, depending on the size of course, you can store lots more than just the smaller toiletries!

Medicine cabinets use to be just basically a square metal box with a mirrored door on the front of it. But, with all of the designs and styles available today medicine cabinets have became an important part of the bathrooms decor!

There are basically two styles of medicine cabinets, there’s surface mounted cabinets and recessed cabinets. And, both can be purchased in a wide variety of sizes, materials and colors.

The surface mounted medicine cabinets are the easiest to install. With a measuring tape, some screws and about 20 minutes of your time, you can have the medicine cabinet on the wall and ready to use!

Installing a recessed style medicine cabinet takes a lot more time and experience with remodeling. It can turn into quite a job and should only be done if you’ve done some carpentry and dry walling before.

A surface mounted medicine cabinet is exactly that, it’s mounted on the surface of the wall. You will first need to determine how high you want the cabinet, the height will mainly depend on your height and the height of other family members that will be using it on a regular basis.

Once you’ve determined the height, you can measure and mark it with a pencil on the wall. Most medicine cabinets are centered with the sink, just measure the length of the sink and divide that by half to get the center and mark it on the wall.

Then you can measure the cabinet and divide it by half and make a small mark on the bottom of the cabinet. Line the two center marks up and use a level to ensure that the cabinet is straight. Secure the cabinet into place with screws, using longer screws will give you a more stable hold.

The main problem that you may run into with a recessed cabinet is that there will be wall joists that are probably going to be exactly where you want the cabinet.

This means that you will need to cut the drywall away, cut the wall boards and build a square frame to fit the medicine cabinet into. The wall will then be supported by the frame that you make.

Just measure the back of the cabinet that fits into the wall. Then make a frame that will fit correctly around the back. Measure on the wall where you need to cut and use a utility knife to cut away the drywall.

You may have to cut the hole larger than needed to be able to cut the wall joists. You will then need to replace the sheetrock around the hole before installing the medicine cabinet.

Once you’ve gotten the hole cut out and the new frame installed, it’s time to screw the medicine cabinet to the frame. A recessed cabinet is more trouble to install, but it also looks much nicer than surface mounted cabinets.