A flush-mounted cabinet is the easiest to install, but because it sticks out you may feel it detracts from the visual appearance of the wall. If your bathroom does not have a recessed cabinet, it may be because there are pipes or electrical cables in the wall. You may be able to buy a flush-mounted unit and recess it partially.
- Cabinet with finished sides
- Hammer and nail or stud-finding device
- Measuring tape
- Scrap lumber
- Wood screws
1. Locate the wall studs by using a stud-finding device or by tapping a nail through the wall in places that will get covered up by the cabinet. Mark the location of the studs with a pencil.
2. Mark the position of the top and bottom of the cabinet. Make sure it's reachable by all relevant family members.
3. Temporarily brace the cabinet. With the cabinet door open, use scrap lumber to position the cabinet so it is plumb. Ideally, the studs are positioned so that the cabinet can also be centered over the sink.
4. Affix cabinet to wall. Drive screws through the cabinet and into studs. Remove bracing.
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