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The Advantages of Recessed Bathroom Wall Cabinets

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If you are short of floor space in your bathroom, why not consider partially recessed or flush mounted recessed bathroom wall cabinets?

These have virtually no footprint at all, and can be installed above other bathroom furniture for even more space saving. The area just below the ceiling is almost always wasted in bathrooms, which is a pity because this high up storage can be very useful for items that seldom need to be accessed, such as winter bed linen in summer or summer bed linen in winter. If you buy toiletries and toilet paper in bulk on special offers or sales, this is just the place to keep them.

The jutting out part of the bathroom wall cabinets above other bathroom fixtures is also an ideal place for installing concealed lighting. Concealed, diffused lighting does wonders for the atmosphere of almost any décor in a bathroom. The old fashioned central ceiling light is just not good enough any more!

Shallow or Deep Cabinets?

If you want a flush mounted cupboard in your bathroom wall it will have to be very shallow. Usually all the depth you will have is about 4 inches. This kind of flush mounted cupboard would be ideally suited for a medicine chest or a toiletry/makeup cupboard.

If you need deeper recessed bathroom wall cabinets you will have to steal space from the next room, where the back of the cupboard will protrude. You can cover this with a mirror, a piece of furniture, an attractive panel or a set of pictures.

The other alternative is to have the cupboard doors protrude a little into the bathroom. There is a tall, wide space behind the bathroom door that can be utilized quite easily if you are short of wall space for bathroom wall cabinets.

If your bathroom door is in one corner of the room and opens up against the adjacent wall, there is usually a little gap between the door frame and the corner of the room. This would allow you to have your cupboard protruding at least another 4 or 5 inches into the room without encroaching on the space needed to open the door comfortably.

The inconvenience of having to close the bathroom door in order to open the cupboard doors is more than made up for by having all that neatly tucked away extra storage. This kind of shallow cupboard is not ideally suited to bulkier items such as linen, but if you don’t have a lot of linen to store you can have swing out rails to hang the sheets, duvet covers or towels.

Installing Recessed Bathroom Wall Cabinets

Mark the outline of your cabinet on the wall, making sure that it is level. It will obviously be desirable to avoid wall studs, if at all possible. If not, inside your marked area locate any wall studs with a stud finder.

Carefully cut holes on either side of the studs large enough to see with a torch whether there is any plumbing or wiring inside the marked area. If there is you may have to get an electrician or plumber to move them for you.

Now you can cut out the panel of drywall along your marked lines, leaving as smooth an edge as possible. Carefully remove any exposed sections of wall stud. Check that the bathroom wall cabinet fits the opening you have cut.

You will have to reinforce the edges of your cutout and provide support for your cabinet with blocking and ‘nailers’ fastened between the nearest intact studs with nails and wood adhesive. Drive screws through the edges of the drywall cutout into the blocking. Slide your cabinet into the opening and check that the support for it is sufficient and positioned correctly. Fasten it in place with wood adhesive and screws.

A word of Caution

If there is no lip to the cabinet you may like to conceal the edge of the opening and the screws with a beading or frame. Just be careful that it doesn’t interfere with the opening and closing action of the doors. If it does you may have to settle for a neat strip of caulking.

Be careful of load bearing walls. Avoid cutting away any wall studs. Any bathroom wall cabinets you install in these walls will have to be made to fit in between the studs. You should get advice from a construction expert before trying anything more ambitious with load bearing walls.

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