DIY: Recessed Bathroom Medicine Cabinet

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DIY: Recessed Bathroom Medicine Cabinet
Installing recessed bathroom cabinets requires planning and a couple of hours for installation. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Recessed bathroom medicine cabinets require more planning and work to install than a medicine cabinet attached to the wall. Recessed medicine cabinets, however, do not intrude into the bathroom space as much, helping in smaller bathrooms or in areas where you pass the medicine cabinet frequently. When preparing to install a recessed medicine cabinet, allow yourself at least a couple of hours, especially if you have never installed a recessed cabinet before.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Drywall saw
  • Flashlight
  • Hand saw
  • Wood 2x4s
  • Wood screws
  • Caulk

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  1. 1

    Hold the medicine cabinet up to the wall where you would like to install it. Trace an outline of the medicine cabinet on the wall with a pencil. Use a stud finder to locate where in the outlined area the studs sit.

  2. 2

    Cut two small holes in the drywall using a drywall saw, being careful not to insert the saw into the drywall any farther than necessary. Remove the cutouts and use a flashlight to inspect the area you outlined for the medicine cabinet, making sure no pipes or electrical wires are in the way. If there are, contact your electrician or plumber about moving them before you continue the installation, or put the medicine cabinet in a different place.

  3. 3

    Use the drywall saw to cut out the area that you outlined for the medicine cabinet. Take out any insulation in the area where you removed the wall, and use a hand saw to remove the wall stud from the cutout area.

  4. 4

    Cut 2x4 pieces of wood to fit between the wall studs that you did not trim, leaving a gap for the stud you did cut. Place the wood behind the drywall, flush with the opening you cut out, along the top, bottom and sides of the cutout. Drive wood screws through the drywall and into the wood in order to hold it into place.

  5. 5

    Slide the medicine cabinet into the hole you cut out of the wall. Drive screws through the holes on the sides of the cabinet, anchoring the cabinet to the wood you installed along the perimeter of the cutout.

  6. 6

    Fill any gaps between the medicine cabinet and the drywall with caulk.

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