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Tips on fitting a new bathroom cabinet



 

Tips On Fitting
A New Bathroom Cabinet

by Simon Phillips

 

At least one bathroom cabinet is
essential in any bathroom, to ensure you have adequate storage for
keeping things out of the reach of children and to keep your bathroom
tidy. 

Many cabinets come
with a mirrored door, which is especially useful for making the
most of limited wall space in a small bathroom.  Mirrored
cabinets are often installed over a sink, but you can fit your
cabinet anywhere that’s most convenient for you.  Wall
mounted cabinets come in all sort of designs, including ornately
decorated antique-style ones, ones with single or double doors,
and ones with additional open shelves for everyday items.

mirrored bathroom cabinet with wall lights

When you buy a new cabinet, it makes
sense to buy one that’s already painted or stained in the color of your
choice.  However, if you get one secondhand and want to change its
color to match your new color scheme, you could sand it down, prime it
and paint it with a suitable cabinet paint.

man with arm around boyWhen deciding on the
best position for your cabinet, remember that even if the cabinet
itself is light to lift, once it’s full of toiletries it will be
fairly heavy, so it will need to be securely fixed to the wall. 
Another important consideration is the height.  If possible,
get someone else to help you here.  One of you can hold the
cabinet in position whilst the other checks the height.  It
needs to be at the right height for all members of the household,
especially if it has a mirror on the front, so make sure it’s not
too high or low.

Your new cabinets will probably come
with the relevant fixings that you’ll need.  If your cabinet is
self-assembly, put it together following the instructions.  Once
it’s ready, and the doors are attached, look in the back of the cabinet
where there should be some pre-drilled holes.  Measure the space
between these and then use a spirit level to make corresponding marks on
the wall, where you will then need to drill holes and put in wall plugs. 

Next, position the cabinet on the wall
and ask someone to hold it in place if possible, while you screw it into
the wall plugs.  Often, fixing blocks are included for greater
support for the fixings.  Because of the restricted space, it’s
generally easier to use a handheld screwdriver than a drill.  If
you need to fit shelving into your cabinet, fit the supporting brackets
now and slot the shelves in.  If you haven’t already done so, screw
on the door handles.

 

About the Author:

Simon Phillips enjoys
DIY home improvement projects and regularly contributes to
Showers-Bathrooms.com
This site offers lots of bathroom
remodeling ideas, including advice on bathroom
cabinets, bathroom
vanities, shower
stalls and more.