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How To Shop For And Install A Medicine Cabinet

Manufacturers design medicine cabinets in order to store bathroom products and medicine. Learning how to buy a medicine cabinet requires the understanding the types of cabinets that might fit your space, the cabinet that appeals to you and its various features. 

Medicine Cabinet Types

1) Recessed Medicine Cabinets

Recessed medicine cabinets save the much needed bathroom space. This is because we install them into the wall. This type of cabinet has deeper shelves. Replacing surface-mount medicine cabinets with recessed types require that no wiring or piping is in the wall and that the selected model fits the wall studs. You might require a professional with wiring or plumbing skills to install a recessed medicine cabinet.

2) Surface-Mount Medicine Cabinets

This type of cabinet has wonderful features and appearance. You should install Surface-mount medicine cabinets in areas with internal wiring or plumbing. They come in various sizes, models and are easy to install. They also protrude outwards in the walls thus decreasing the space in the bathroom.

Both types of medicine cabinets represent quality and attractive choices. Before starting your project, hire a professional contractor in case the installation of the cabinet involves the removal of fixtures and plumbing.

You should take into consideration the following characteristics:

a) The size of medicine cabinet

You should determine the size and dimensions that best suits your bathroom. If the cabinet you choose is heavy and is surface-mounted, you may need a stud to support the cabinet’s weight.

If you plan to keep large containers and bottles in your cabinet, measure the dimensions of the biggest bottle and compare it to the medicine cabinet. The most beneficial medicine cabinets should conveniently store any container size.

Big medicine cabinets fit well with big bathroom fixtures while smaller cabinets are best for delicate fixtures. Bedroom medicine cabinets should be designer made or mirrored to make your bedroom look more stylish and appealing to the eye.

b) Construction Materials

You can select one of the following materials:

· Wood: they are classic and appear best in a bathroom with wooden pieces

· Metal: metals like stainless steel are strong and durable

· Furnished: furnished cabinets protect your medicine and bathroom products from the moisture in the bathroom.

· Unfinished: install them in a room with low moisture levels

· Glass: Glass material forms a good surface material on cabinets that require double mirrors

· Paint: this type of cabinet makes your cabinet blend easily with the color of your wall

· Enamel: they give a glossy and solid layer

· Stain: stain on wood protects the wood’s natural grain and preserves the wood

c) Medicine Cabinet Door Types

There are various types of doors for medicine cabinets. Swing doors open to the left or right and can make it difficult to open the bathroom door if installed near it. You can install sliding doors between walls. This is because sliding doors do not open out; you can open them to access only half of your medicine cabinet.

Some medicine cabinets have many doors to help organize your medicine and bathroom supplies. Some cabinets have locking doors or push button doors to prevent children from accessing them.

d) Shape and style

The shape of your cabinet determines what you can store in them and how well it will fit in the available space. There is the Circular, geometric-shaped and round medicine cabinet designs. Transitional and contemporary styles are showy and unique while the oval or traditional squares are homier.

e) Additional features

There are many additional features that you may consider while choosing your medicine cabinet. Automatic defoggers and exterior lights aid you in see the contents of a mirrored medicine cabinet while chilled compartments and interior lights helps in keeping the contents of your cabinet fresh. Electrical outlets inside your cabinet can help in charging your electronics.

Examples of medicine cabinets from houzz.com include:

1) Nexio medicine cabinet with price of $192.59 ( features include: two access keys, matte brushed finish)

2) Neal medicine cabinet valued with price of $102.00 ( features include” mirrored door, three compartments, crystal clear acrylic knobs, adjustable interior shelf)

3) Danze DF024120WG 30 inch mirrored cabinet with price of $392.72 (features include: beveled mirror, hanging hardware, soft-close mirror panel)

4) Chesterfield single glass door cabinet with price of $58.00 US dollars( features include: glass panel door, double plated door knobs, inner fixed shelf, pre hung hinges and door magnet)

A creative and well-installed medicine cabinet brings life to the otherwise overlooked and drab bathroom or corridor area. Here are some of the steps that you can follow while installing your medicine cabinet.

Tools: electric drill, level, pencil, stud finder, screws, screwdriver

Step 1: Pick a location

Decide on the best position for your medicine cabinet. Positions that will appeal to your bathroom or any other space and make it appear larger. Clean and remove any debris, dirt or excess paint and see to it that the installation site is free of indentions or lumps and that it is flat.

Step 2: Outline your medicine cabinet

Direct and hold your medicine cabinet against the wall in the appropriate position and outline the cabinet with a pencil. Ensure that your cabinet is level. You may require some extra, particularly when installing larger units.

Step 3: Find the studs

Locate your studs with the use of a stud finder on the outlined area. Mark your stud positions inside the medicine cabinet and on the wall.

Step 4: Drill the cabinet and wall
Make holes through the back of your medicine cabinet at the marked positions into your wall studs. If the medicine cabinet has a support rail at the back, drill your holes through the rail and into your studs for uttermost support.

Step 5: Attach the medicine cabinet on the wall

Utilize the screws that come with the cabinet to attach your cabinet to the studs. While determining the screw length (if you do not have the cabinet manufacturer screws), you need to determine the distance between the point where you insert your screw and the point where your stud begins. Firmly support your cabinet by driving the screws tightly. 


· You should consider installing your medicine cabinet above your bathroom sink

· Consider installing two medicine cabinets to create more storage space. Place one on an adjacent wall and the other above your sink

· Surface mount cabinets are easier to set up than recessed cabinets

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