Prefabricated medicine cabinets are designed so they will be easy to install. You can install a recessed medicine cabinet quite easily on a drywall surface with standard studs that are 16" apart. Recessed cabinets are preferable because they maximize space and they don't stick out into the room. However, you do need to cut through the drywall to install them. Wall mounted medicine cabinets are installed directly onto the wall, so they stick out further. These are often necessary in bathrooms where the walls are not drywall or the studs are not 16" apart. This article will explain how to mount both recessed and wall mounted cabinets.
Recessed Medicine Cabinets
Recessed cabinets are actually very easy to install if your studs are 16" apart. This is the standard stud spacing, so it should be quite common. First, you need a stud finder to identify and mark where the studs are in the wall. Using a level, mark a line along the bottom edge, where the cabinet will sit. The cabinet might even include a traceable template that you can trace onto the wall for an exact cut. Otherwise, you will need to measure the cabinet and transfer the measurements onto the wall with a pencil.
Then, use a small drywall saw to cut into the wall. Cutting drywall is very easy, just make sure you do not poke through the opposite wall. Once the hole is cut, you can set the cabinet in place. It should fit quite perfectly if your measurements were correct. There is a lip on the cabinet that allows a little wiggle room. If the cut is not perfect, it will still be covered. The side of the cabinet will have pre-drilled holes where you can secure the cabinet onto the side of the studs with screws.
Installing Wall Mounted Cabinets
Wall mounted cabinets are also very easy to install. You just need a level and stud finder. You need to make sure the screws hit a stud in the wall, and don't just go through drywall. It might help to have one person hold the cabinet in position while the other attaches the screws. Take care to keep the cabinet level, and make sure you use the pre-drilled holes for the screws.
Installing both types of medicine cabinets is actually quite easy. Recessed cabinets are preferable in most situations, but both can be fully functional and stylish in your bathroom if they are properly installed.
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