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Storage in Wall Mounted Bathroom Cabinets

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Wall mounted bathroom cabinets are generally preferred in bathrooms where you don’t want to cut out a piece of the wall to recess, or partially recess them.

It may be due to the reason that you have hired the house or apartment.

It is also possible that the bathroom is sufficiently spacious and you want to avoid all the extra trouble and work of cutting into the drywall and tiles.

A third possibility is aesthetic. It may be that the cabinet is really too attractive to hide or partially hide, or it suits your décor better to wall mount it.

Have Everything in Reach

The ideal situation for storage in your bathroom is to have everything you need within reach of whichever bathroom fixture it is appropriate to. Within reach of the bathtub you need things like soap, shampoo, towels, sponges, back and foot brushes, bath oils and other bath water additives. You need similar items within reach of your shower. Near your toilet you need your normal toilet roll holder, but a shelf, rack, or cabinet within reach is necessary for spare toilet rolls. You need things like toothpaste, make up, shaving toiletries, soap near your vanity.

Place of Medicines

One questions why you need medicines in wall mounted bathroom cabinets above the sink. This is such a traditional place for a medicine cabinet, but surely your vanity toiletries would be better there? Whatever cabinet you decide to have above your sink or vanity, you need a mirror mounted on the door.

Items such as spare soap, towels, extra toilet paper, hand lotion and face cloths should be handy and visible, though not necessarily within reach of any particular bathroom fixture. These are things that children or visitors may need. It’s preferable that they should not have to rummage through other cabinets and closets for them.

Installing Wall Mounted Bathroom Cabinets

If you are handy, or a really enthusiastic beginner, installing wall mounted bathroom cabinets should be well within your capabilities.The first thing you need to do is locate the wall studs in the area where you want to install your cabinet. Generally in today’s houses, wall studs are placed so with their centers at 16-inch intervals. You will need a stud finder to locate the exact positions and mark them in pencil. These studs will give you about 1˝ inches of wood into which you can drill holes for fastening your cabinet.

Now you can move your cabinet into the place you would like it to be, or, if it is a heavy wall hanging cabinet, measure it and mark the outline on the wall. This is where you need to check very carefully for level horizontal lines. Try and position your cabinet so that it includes as many studs as possible for extra strength.

If the cabinet is floor standing, you will need only one or two studs behind it to keep it in place. Hanging wall mounted bathroom cabinets are different. Very light weight ones that are not expected to carry a heavy load will be all right with one or two studs as well.

When you come to really heavy wall mounted bathroom cabinets that will be heavily loaded, you will be safer with more. If that is not possible, say in a tall, narrow cabinet, you should consider cutting away a piece of drywall temporarily so that you can put in blocking strips and nailers between the studs.

The next thing is to very accurately mark the places on the outside of the back of the cabinet and drill small pilot holes through to the inside. With supports or a helper, hold your cabinet in position and from the inside drill the holes through into the studs and/or supports. You should use flat washers and round head wood screws long enough to go through the back of the cabinet, the drywall, and well into the studs.

Many people do not bother with a plumb vertical line for wall mounted bathroom cabinets. However, if the wall is very out of plumb, especially if it leans forward towards the top, you may have a problem with bottles or other small objects falling out especially in medicine cabinets. If the wall is very much out of plumb, you can slip shims of a suitable width in behind the bottom edge of the cabinet, just out of sight and fasten them to the cabinet with a good wood glue. This may leave a little gap. You can carefully fill it with a neat band of silicone or if it is too wide, a frame of wood or molding or decorative tiles or mosaic.

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