These days, with the popularity of larger bathroom vanity mirrors, you don’t necessarily need to have a reflective medicine cabinet. Some people choose a small mirror-fronted surface mount or recessed medicine cabinet on the wall perpendicular to the vanity mirror. Others choose a wooden medicine cabinet with a slatted door that’s either recessed or surface mounted.
When choosing your bathroom medicine cabinet, your options range from mirrored to wood to stainless steel, along with any number of other materials. When choosing the right material, think about the style you want for your bathroom.
A recessed cabinet with slatted wood doors could look like a shuttered window. In a light tone, this could lend itself to a beach motif. Smoked glass double doors go well with modern décor, stainless steel, and exposed, industrial-looking fittings and accessories. An accordion door can add a clean and classic look to it, especially if it’s mirrored or has delicate paintings on its front panels.
Do you need just a couple of shelves with a lot of vertical space for things like hairspray bottles and shaving cream? Or do you need more shelves for smaller bottles and jars? A lot of medicine cabinets come with movable shelves so that you can customize the interior storage situation to your liking.
Keep in mind, again, that you can put cabinets and storage spaces in a lot of different areas in a modern bathroom. If you’re in love with a certain medicine cabinet, but it doesn’t have room for everything, including shaving cream, hairspray, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc., think about how much you love the style of the cabinet versus how practical it is.
Does this cabinet give you enough storage space to justify it taking up space on the wall in your bathroom? Will you ever use it? Will it become an eyesore that you wish you hadn’t purchased and installed? Think carefully about how you answer these questions, and you’ll know whether or not you need to pick a different medicine cabinet.
A large medicine cabinet can get pretty heavy, especially if it’s made of solid wood or if it has a large mirror for a door. You’ll need to keep this in mind when installing it. Make sure that it’s anchored to at least one stud in your wall, or it could pull its screws out of the wall, along with a chunk of drywall, and crash down to the floor.
When considering the weight of your new medicine cabinet, you should also take into account that it won’t just be holding its own weight. It will also be holding everything you put in it. So, you’ll want to make sure that it’s held in place securely. Otherwise, you’re looking at a big mess that could get very expensive, very quickly.
If you buy your medicine cabinet online, be sure to read about everything that comes with it and all that’s required to install it. If you’re purchasing it at a brick-and-mortar store, don’t be shy about asking the salespeople about all of the materials you’ll need to install the mirror.
As with the wiring and plumbing situation, unless you’re absolutely sure, this may be the time to call the professionals and let them do their job. You don’t want to spend the money on a cabinet you love, only to have it fall and break. Then you’ll have to purchase a new cabinet and pay for installation, too.
As we mentioned concerning wiring, plumbing, and weight, there are a few things you’ll need to take into consideration if you’re going to install your cabinet yourself. If you’ve decided on a recessed cabinet, do you have the hardware and tools to do the job? Are you comfortable with cutting into your drywall? Are you prepared to patch, spackle, and paint the wall if you cut the hole too large?
If you’re not comfortable using a stud finder or tapping and listening to find the studs in your wall, you should definitely call the professionals. In fact, if anything about this makes you at all uncomfortable, think about how much installation costs versus how much time, effort, and materials will cost you to do it right. There’s no shame in asking for help when you need it.
It’s understandable that you might want to make your purchase online. After all, you can usually find a much better price on the Internet than you can at any store. However, when you’re shopping, be sure that the cabinet you choose comes with everything you need to install it.
Furthermore, check the weight and the shipping and handling costs. It could be that you’ll get a better deal in a store, when you factor in the shipping cost, especially if the cabinet is a very heavy one. If the total price isn’t still significantly lower, keep shopping around. If you can’t find a better deal, you should probably go with the medicine cabinet at your local store, as the people who work there can help you find a professional who can install it for you at a reasonable price.
Another thing to consider when purchasing your medicine cabinet online is the seller’s return policy. What if the cabinet gets to you, and it was damaged in shipping? What if the color is right on the website but wrong when you see it in person? Is it actually bigger or smaller than you thought it would be?
If your medicine cabinet doesn’t meet your needs in any way, you should be able to return it for a refund or for an exchange. If the seller’s return policy doesn’t allow that, you’ll be taking a pretty big risk if you buy it.
Now that you have all the information you need to select, purchase, and install your medicine cabinet, get out there and get shopping! Remember not to settle for anything that doesn’t meet your needs, and enjoy your new bathroom!
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.
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.
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.
You may want to know more about the height in regards to where to install it…how high should the medicine cabinet be above the sink? The height is all variable depending on many factors. First one being of course the size and shape of the mirror. Second one being the average height of a bathroom vanity which is 32-36”. You’ll also want to keep in mind who will most be using this bathroom. The height will also vary depending on your faucet height. Just make sure that it is around eye-level for the majority of it’s users. You’ll want to hang it a few inches about the faucet which is about 5-10” above the sink. And of course you’ll want to center it with the sink.
With this information, you’re ready to go shopping for your new medicine cabinet!
Whichever style you prefer, in this article, we’ll walk you through the basics involved in installing your new medicine cabinet. If you’re comfortable with basic carpentry and the design of your bathroom, you will most likely have no trouble installing your own bathroom medicine cabinet, but if any of this looks too complicated or makes you uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to call a professional to do the job for you.
Whether you’re installing a recessed medicine cabinet or a surface mount medicine cabinet, you’re going to need a few tools. You will need:
3. Stud Finder
7. Measuring tape
Before you do anything else, you’ll need to read all of the instructions that came with your medicine cabinet. Make sure that you have all of the hardware and tools you’ll need, and purchase construction adhesive if the manufacturer’s instructions call for it.
Once you’ve gathered your supplies, you’ll be ready to get started. First things first, you’ll need to find the studs you’ll be anchoring your medicine cabinet to.
If you can locate studs by tapping on the wall with your knuckle and listening to a solid sound versus a hollow sound, you won’t need a stud finder. Not everyone can do this, though, so if you can’t, just use your stud finder.
Next, mark the studs with your pencil. If you’re installing a recessed medicine cabinet, go ahead and skip the next section of this article and go straight to the section on recessed cabinets. If your cabinet is surface mounted, keep reading.
Your surface mounted medicine cabinet should have 4 holes or slots in its back, near the corners. Line these up with the studs you’ve marked with your pencil. Use your level to make sure that the cabinet is square against the wall, with its top parallel to the ceiling, so that it doesn’t look crooked and awkward.
Use your pencil to mark where the holes of the cabinet are. Place the cabinet out of the way on the floor. Drill pilot holes into the studs. Now you can place the medicine cabinet back against the wall and screw or drill in the screws that will hold it in place.
Now you’ve successfully installed your surface mounted medicine cabinet. Have fun organizing all of the bottles and lavatory supplies that have been cluttering up your vanity!
Installing a recessed medicine cabinet is a little bit more involved than installing a surface mounted cabinet. You’re going to have to cut a hole in your drywall and make sure that your cabinet is securely anchored in place. If you don’t have any experience with carpentry, this is probably not the job to start with. If any of these instructions seem a bit too adventurous for you, go ahead and call the professionals to do the job right.
If you decide to continue with this project yourself, you might want to enlist the help of a friend for the first part. For this, you’ll need to hold the cabinet up to the wall and mark with your pencil where on the wall you want to place it. An extra pair of hands will help with this.
Mark out the dimensions of the cabinet with your pencil. Once you’re sure that the dimensions are correct and that you’ve chosen the correct placement, it’s time to cut the drywall away. Be careful here. If you are uncertain if there is any wiring or plumbing in the wall, between the studs, you’ll want to call a professional and make sure that you’re not about to cut into something vital or dangerous.
With the medicine cabinet braced and level, drill anchor screws into the studs on either side of the cabinet. You may or may not want to add some caulk or construction adhesive to further help hold the cabinet in place.
At this point, if you’ve done everything correctly, your cabinet should be in place and ready to use. The door should hide the cutout in the wall, and it should just look like a mirror mounted on the wall above your sink.
We cannot stress enough how important it is to measure twice and cut once, and that includes taking stock of your abilities and skills with carpentry. If you aren’t comfortable with doing this yourself, call a professional contractor. It will cost you less to do it once right than to buy a new cabinet if you break the first one while trying to install it. Now, enjoy your new medicine cabinet!
Over years of use, your medicine cabinet can get pretty cluttered so why not tackle it now when it is empty. Pinterest is a great place for ideas on how to do this…for pennies on the dollar!