Are you remodeling your bathroom? Is it time to replace that old-fashioned, shallow medicine cabinet? Whether you’re doing a full-scale remodeling job, or you’re just replacing this particular cabinet, you need to take a couple of things into account. You’ll need to make sure that your new medicine cabinet will fit into the space you have available.
In this article, we will give you an overview of the measurements you’ll need to take before you choose a recessed or surface mount medicine cabinet for your bathroom. Surface mount medicine cabinets involve fewer measurements and less work for installation, but a lot of people prefer the simple and elegant style of a recessed medicine cabinet. There are lots of cabinets to choose from, and after you read this article, you’ll have the tools to choose the one that’s right for your bathroom.
Measuring for a Recessed Medicine Cabinet
If you’ve decided that a recessed medicine cabinet is the way to go, you’ll want to make sure that it fits where you want to put it. This is largely contingent upon the spacing of the studs in your walls and the size of the medicine cabinet you want to install.
How far apart are your studs? You can tap with your knuckle horizontally along the wall to find the studs. When the tapping sounds hollow, you’re tapping over empty space. When the tone changes to a more solid sound, you’ll know that you’ve found a stud.
If you can’t seem to differentiate the sounds, there’s no need to worry. You can use a stud finding tool to locate your wall studs. Once you’ve located two adjacent studs, measure the distance between them. They should be between 12 and 18 inches apart.
If your medicine cabinet is wider than the space between your studs, you can still use it, but you’ll need a more custom installation. You’ll need to cut studs and then reinforce them to maintain the wall’s stability. If you’re not cutting into a load-bearing wall, this is actually a fairly easy job. However, it is still more involved than a simple installation.
If this process makes you nervous, you can choose to do one of three things. You can choose a smaller, narrower medicine cabinet. If you need more space, you could even purchase and install two smaller cabinets, if that look works for your bathroom’s motif. Your other choices are to choose a surface mount cabinet that won’t require you to cut any studs, or you can call a professional and have them do the installation of your recessed medicine cabinet for you.
Measuring for a Surface Mount Medicine Cabinet
If you’ve decided on a surface mount medicine cabinet, all you need to do when measuring is assess how much space you have available and how many studs are in that space.
Most surface mount bathroom medicine cabinets are only wide enough to drill anchor screws into two studs. However, if you choose a larger medicine cabinet, it may need more support. Measure the width and height of the space available, and count how many studs are in the area. This will give you all of the information you need to pick out the right medicine cabinet for your space.
Just to be sure, you should measure the depth of free space in front of the medicine cabinet at its bottom edge. If you mount a cabinet too low, the sink faucet could get in the way and prevent you from opening the cabinet door all the way. You’ll want to make sure that you can use your new medicine cabinet once you’ve installed it.
With this information, you’re ready to go shopping for your new medicine cabinet!
Content Provided By: Julia Ritzenthaler