It takes some careful measuring, but putting up a wall cabinet is a simple DIY task – whether you’re treating yourself to some better-looking storage, or overhauling your whole wetroom, we’ll take you through how to hang a bathroom wall cabinet with confidence.
What you’ll need
- The assembled cabinet
- The wall brackets
- The provided fixings (screws and wall plugs)
- Tape measure
- Spirit level
- Pipe and cable detector
- Electric drill /driver
- Masking tape (if drilling into tiles)
- Drill bit the right size for your wall plugs (if you’re fixing the cabinet onto a tiled wall you’ll need a specialist tile drill bit to avoid cracking the tiles)
ChecksBefore you get going, make sure the wall you want to mount it on is strong enough to hold its weight. Use a pipe and cable detector to check the area for hidden water pipes or wires - that last thing you want is to discover them with the drill! Take everything out of the box and read through the instructions that came with your chosen product. Check you have everything listed, including the right sized drill bits and fixings to hang your bathroom wall cabinet safely and securely. If you like, you can take the cabinet doors off to make it easier to hold against the wall.
PositioningIf you’re mounting your cabinet over a sink, you’ll want it to be centred over the basin. Measure and mark the centre of the basin and extend the line upwards using the spirit level. Measure and mark the middle of the cabinet on its base and on the top. Centre it on the line on the wall at the height you want - check it’s level, then draw along the top edge on the wall and mark the centre point. If you like, you can take the cabinet doors off to make it easier to hold against the wall. If it’s going somewhere else in the room, hold the cabinet in the desired position and mark the top edge and centre on the wall in the same way. Now you have the position of the cabinet you can move onto measuring and marking the positions for the wall brackets.
Measuring and markingExtend the centre line of the cabinet down the wall using the spirit level. Look at the back of the cabinet - measure the exact distance between the wall fixings on the back. Divide the measurement in two and mark this distance out on either side of the centre line. Use the spirit level to extend the lines downwards. Measure the exact distance from the top edge of the cabinet to the wall fixings. Mark this distance down on your previous two lines to find the location for the wall brackets. Use the spirit to double-check your marks are level. Hold the wall brackets in position and mark the holes.
Holes and fixingsIf you’re drilling into glossy tiles, place some masking tape over the marks for the holes to stop the drill bit from skidding. Drill the marked holes to the correct depth for the wall plugs. Push in the wall plugs so they’re below the surface of the tiles and flush with the wall behind, this way they won’t crack the tiles when they expand. Hold the brackets over the holes and screw them in place.
MountingCarefully line up the fixings on the back of the cabinet with the wall brackets and slot it into place. Check the cabinet is level - if not, there are usually small adjustment screws on the cabinet fixings to allow you to tweak the level slightly. Tighten the screws on the fixings from inside the cabinet to bring it flush with the wall. Pop on the cover caps and refit the doors if you removed them. Rub out any visible pencil marks on the wall or cabinet. Time to show your toothbrushes their new home!