Installing new bathroom cabinets is an excellent way to give your bathroom a whole new look or to increase the amount of storage space that you enjoy. At the same time, installing bathroom cabinets can be somewhat tricky if it is something that you have never done before. By following this simple 5-step process, however, you will have your cabinets installed and ready for use in no time.
Step #1: Make Your Measurements
The first step in installing bathroom cabinets is to measure the space you have available in your bathroom. Not only will you need to measure in order to determine the size of the cabinets you need to purchase, but you will also need to make measurements for things such as your pipes and other obstacles that you need to work around.
Step #2: Check for Clearance
Before you actually install the cabinet, you should set it in place in order to check for the proper clearance. If the cabinet door hits a windowsill or frame when it is opened, for example, you may need to put the cabinet an inch or two away from the wall. In this case, you will need to use fill stock to cover the gap.
Step #3: Cut Holes for Pipes
Next, you will need to cut holes in the cabinets to allow for the pipes. To do this, you will need to remove the doors in order to gain easier access. Be sure to cut from the inside in order to ensure the rough cut will be against the wall where it will not be seen. Once the holes have been cut, you can place the cabinet over the pipes and into place.
Step #4: Secure the Cabinets Together
After you have put your cabinets in place, you will need to secure them together so they remain in place and level. To do this, you will first need to clamp them together at the face frame. Then, use the pre-drilled pilot holes and secure them with the screws that were provided with the cabinet.
Step #5: Secure the Cabinets to the Wall
The last step in installing bathroom cabinets involves securing them to the wall. Before doing this, you should use a level to ensure the cabinets are lined up properly. If they are not level, you will need to add a few shims beneath the toe kick until the cabinets are perfectly level. Once the cabinets are level, you can screw them in place by attaching them to studs with three-inch cabinet screws. If any gaps still exist between the cabinet and the wall, use fill stock to hide the gap.