How to install a bathroom cabinet

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How to install a bathroom cabinet

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Project Overview

Wall cabinets in a bathroom are a handy place for storage. We’ll teach you how to mount one on your wall properly. You will also learn how to find a wall stud and a neat way to drill through tiles.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Mark out the position of the bathroom cabinet on the wall
2 Mark out the position of the wall stud on the bathroom cabinet
3 Install the bathroom cabinet on the wall
  • Step 1. Mark out the position of the bathroom cabinet on the wall

    Start by taking the shelves and doors off the cabinet, then choose where you want to mount it on the wall. In our case, we’ve chosen a spot that lines up with the centre point of our vanity and the grout lines of our tiles. Once you’ve chosen your position, use a spirit level to mark the outline of the cabinet on the wall.
  • Step 2. Mark out the position of the wall stud on the bathroom cabinet

    To attach the cabinet firmly to the wall, you need to screw into the timber framework of the house. Use your stud finder to work out where your wall studs are within the outline of the cabinet. Then use a tape measure to mark up that position onto the back panel of your cabinet.
  • Step 3. Install the bathroom cabinet on the wall

    Pre-drill two pilot holes in the cabinet in line with your stud mark ups. Then get someone to hold the cabinet in position while you drive your screws through the pilot holes into the stud. If you are mounting on a tile wall, you’ll need to drill through the tiles first. Get someone to hold the cabinet while you lightly mark your holes on the wall with a hammer drill. Then take the cabinet away and drill through the tiles. Finish by screwing the cabinet into the wall stud and installing the shelves and doors.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Drill
  • Ear muffs
  • Gloves
  • Hammer drill
  • Safety glasses
  • Spirit level
  • Stud finder

Materials

  • Bathroom cabinet
  • Measuring tape
  • Masking tape
  • Nylon wall plugs
  • Pencil
  • Screws
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