Installing Bathroom Cabinets
by Lee Wyatt
(last updated February 12, 2016)
Just as in the kitchen, the cabinets of your bathroom are going to set the tone for the entire room. After a while you can get tired of the current look, the old cabinetry gets old and damaged or for whatever other reason you might have, you are going to end up changing the cabinets. This is going to mean installing bathroom cabinets. While essentially installing bathroom cabinets is the same as installing kitchen cabinets, there is going to be a few slight differences.
Materials and Tools:
- 3" drywall screws
- Utility knife.
- Tape Measure
- Adjustable pliers
- Adjustable wrenches
- Tape measure or laser measure
- Utility knife
- Caulk gun
- Hole saw
- Bathroom cabinetry kit
- Stud finder
- Measure and plan. Begin your task by measuring the area you are going to be working with. You are going to need extremely accurate measurements. You can use either a tape measure or a laser measure; I would strongly suggest using a laser measure for a couple of different reasons. The first is that this is going to provide you with the most accurate readings possible, while these useful devices also usually come with a built in level. As you record the measurements, I would also suggest that you make a little diagram of what your bathroom is going to look like. This diagram is going to enable you to go the home improvement store and get the appropriate sized kits and materials for your new cabinetry.
- Remove. Once you have everything you have all your materials that you are going to need, it is time to remove your old cabinets. If you are going to be refinishing your old cabinets, then be careful as you remove them. Start of by removing the doors, and then proceed to the body itself. Place all the items in one location so that you don't lose any. In the case where you are not refinishing the old cabinets, you just need to be careful that you don't damage the walls or the pipes.
- Assemble. Now, begin by assembling as much of the cabinetry as possible prior to installation. In order to properly do this, be sure that you follow the instructions that accompany the cabinetry kit.
- Install. When installing the new cabinetry, start with the corner and work your way out. Prior to actually securing anything down, you need to measure and cut out the holes for any water pipes. Use a hole saw to do this, and make these holes roughly 1/4" larger than the pipes. After you have installed the cabinets, and before securing them use a level to make sure everything is, well, level. Upon leveling, secure the cabinets to the walls, if possible using the holes from the old cabinets to help find the studs. If it's not possible to use the old holes, then use a stud finder to locate the wall studs so that you can properly secure the cabinets. Once everything is secured, use the caulking gun to seal the pipes as well as the holes around the pipes.
Congratulations, you have now installed your cabinets. All that is left to do is clean up any mess that you might have made.
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