How to Measure a Medicine Cabinet

Heather Asiyanbi - 10/19/18 2:55 PM

Whether you’re remodeling your bathroom or just replacing your existing medicine cabinet, you’ll likely want a medicine cabinet that is modern and fresh. To make the installation as smooth as possible, you’ll need to take the proper measurements first.

Will you want a surface mount cabinet or a recessed medicine cabinet? What are your current measurements? These are questions you’ll need to consider when looking for a new bathroom cabinet.

Measuring for a Surface Mount Medicine Cabinet

Measuring your space for the installation of a surface mount medicine cabinet is easy and won’t take long.

What you really need to know is how much space you have available and how many studs are in that space so your new medicine cabinet has the necessary support. After measuring the width and height of your space and counting the studs, you’ll have all the information your need to purchase and mount a new medicine cabinet.

Most cabinets are only wide enough to require two studs, but larger medicine cabinets may need more support.

You’ll also want to measure the space in front of the lowest edge of where the cabinet will be. The last thing you want is for your medicine cabinet to bump into the sink’s faucet, keeping you from opening the door all the way!

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How to Measure for a Recessed Medicine Cabinet

Recessed medicine cabinets are a bit trickier to measure, but still very possible for DIY-ers.

To begin, if you’re replacing an old cabinet, remove it from the wall. Measure the hole to get proper sizing.

Start by measuring the top left corner to the top right, and then measure the bottom left corner to the bottom right corner. Use the smaller of the two measurements as your width. Next, measure both sides of your hole from the top right to the bottom right and top left to bottom left, and use the smaller of the two as your height measurement.

In order to find the depth of your recessed cabinet, place the tip of your measuring tape against the back of the hole and measure to the front wall. Do this in every corner to figure out what the depth of your cabinet is.

If you’re starting with a brand new wall, calculate the depth you’ll need by adding the depth of the drywall and wall stud together. Once you have these measurements, you can start shopping for a new recessed medicine cabinet.

Measuring your medicine cabinet isn’t difficult, but it's crucial that you get the measurements right. In order to have an easy installation, you’ll want all your measurements ready to go!

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