How do you install wall-mounted bathroom cabinets?


Quick Answer

To install wall-mounted bathroom cabinets, remove the doors. Hold the cabinets in place against the bathroom wall, and trace around the bottom edge and bottom corners to create an installation guide. Remove the cabinets. Locate the studs, and mark the locations on the wall above and below the cabinet. Put the cabinets in place, lining up the bottom edge and corners with your marks. Drill wood screws through the back panels and into the studs. Reinstall the doors.

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Before you draw the installation guide on the wall, ask a helper to set a level on the top of the cabinet. Adjust the cabinet until it is perfectly level. For heavy cabinets, consider attaching a wood plank to the wall at your installation guide line. The plank supports the cabinet during installation and removes when the cabinets are hung.

For cabinets with thick back panels, mark the screw holes on the panel with a pencil. Drill a small pilot hole at each mark to help the screw stay in place. The correct number of screws depends on the cabinet weight. Check the manual for the manufacturer's recommendation.

Do not tighten the screws completely on the first pass, but leave a small amount of space between the screw head and the back of the cabinet. Check that the cabinet is level before tightening the screws.

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