DIY Project: Guide to Installing a Bathroom Cabinet

Having a confined bathroom, installing a bathroom cabinet increases storage space in and adds an attractive touch to your bathroom walls. To avoid damaging the cabinet doors when you install a bathroom cabinet, care must be taken as this is the most visible part of the cabinet. For DIY cabinet installation, using a few common household tools can easily be accomplished and won’t eat a week of your time.

Materials Needed:

Newspaper, Masking tape, Pencil, Yardstick, Stud finder, Drill, Wood screws, Scrap wood, Level, Wood putty, Paint drop cloth, Anchor bolts

Bathroom Cabinet Installation

Newspaper Cut-outs

Using newspapers, cut it to match the size of the cabinet. To determine the best placement for your cabinet, place the newspaper on the wall with masking tape. If you plan to have a big cabinet, you may need to tape together several pieces of newspaper.


To draw a line marking, use a pencil and a yardstick where the bottom edge of the cabinet on the wall should be positioned. Make sure that the wall cabinet positioning lines up flawlessly with the base if the wall cabinet will be installed be over a base cabinet.

Locate the Stud

Using a stud finder, locate the studs on your bathroom wall. Using the pencil, mark the location of the studs in the cabinet and on the wall.

Remove the Cabinet Doors

To make it easier to hang the bathroom cabinet, it is recommended to remove the doors. It will also prevent the door from being damaged by a drill or other tools if they are removed.

Pilot Holes

Using the drill, make pilot holes in the back of the cabinet. To attach the cabinet, it should be slightly smaller than the circumference of the wood screws you will be using for the pilot holes. Position holes just about the corners of the back wall of the cabinet and should correspond with the location of a stud. Cabinets usually have strips of wood near the top and bottom that should be utilized to suspend the cabinets. Be certain that holes should be drilled through these pieces of wood.

Place the Screws

Through the pilot holes, drive two-inch or three-inch wood screws into the studs. It will rely on the thickness of wood used in the cabinet for the size of screws you’ll use. Before you completely tighten the screws, check the position of the cabinet with a level.

Install Back the Cabinet Doors

After the bathroom cabinet is securely fixed to the wall, reinstall the cabinet doors. From the bottom of the cabinet, take away the supporting piece of wood. Wood putty can be used to fill the screw holes and apply paint to complement the wall.