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Hanging Bathroom Cabinets on a Wall

From: Date:5/14/2013

Hanging bathroom cabinets on a wall is a great way to increase storage space, as well as improving the design and look of your bathroom. This is a very basic task, that you can accomplish within an hour or so, making it unnecessary to hire a carpenter or handyman. Save the expensive professionals for tasks were they are actually needed, and gather the following list of tools and materials, so that you can accomplish this project yourself.

Step 1: Locate the Studs

After deciding where the cabinet is going to be installed, the studs within the wall need to be found, in order to ensure a solid attachment. Use a stud finder and pencil and mark the studs throughout the section where the cabinet will be.

Step 2: Mark the Inside of the Cabinet

Measure the distance from the wall to the first stud and write it down. Now, measure the inside of the cabinet, allowing for the width of the outer edge, and mark an x every 6 inches along the line were the stud will be. Start at the top of the inside of the cabinets, and work your way down. If the last 2 marks are not set evenly at 6 inches, either separate the distance and add 2 marks, or divide the space by 1/2 and add 1 , depending on the length of the gap.

After the first line of marks has been completed, continue marking the inside of the cabinet, using the measurements from stud to stud as you go.

Step 3: Pre-Drill Holes

The backs of most bathroom cabinets can be fragile, so you need to pre-drill a small hole along the x marks, so that no problems occur. Use the drill and 1/8 inch bit to accomplish this, making sure that you drill from the inside of the cabinet out of the back. If any burrs occur, break them off before trying to install the bathroom cabinet.

Step 4: Install the Bathroom Cabinet

Slide the bathroom cabinet into place, making sure that the top of it is level. If the cabinet is on the floor, then small wooden shims can be pushed into place, until the cabinet is perfect. If it is in the air, then adjust it accordingly. Look through the small hole in the back and make sure that it is lined up to the lines on the studs, and then drive a 3 inch screw into the hole. Continue this process, until all of the holes are filled with a screw and attached to a stud in the wall. Make sure that you tighten them down as much as possible, without going through the back.

Step 5: Finishing Up

After the bathroom cabinet has been secured to the studs, the ends of the screws need to be covered. When the cabinets were purchased they should have had some type of cover with them, but if not, go get some. If these caps do not snap into place, then place a small drop of glue on the back and place them carefully onto the head of the screw. When doing this, make sure to apply enough glue to keep the cap in place, but not so much that it will be impossible to take off if needed.