How to Make a Bathroom Towel Cabinet

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What You'll Need
0.5x4x18-inch plywood (2)
0.5x2x18-inch plywood (2)
0.5x2x48-inch plywood (2)
11x14-inch plywood for shelving.
Measuring tape
3/8-inch wood screws
1-inch wood screws
2 hinges
1 handle
Optional: Wood stain or paint
Stud finder
2-inch screws

A bathroom towel cabinet is a great storage option for any family with limited space in the bathroom. Although you could buy a prefabricated cupboard, designing your own bathroom towel cabinet lets you determine the function and design of your storage. The description below is merely a suggestion; feel free to improvise on building materials or sizes.

Step 1 - Paint or Stain Wood

Although painting or staining the wood is optional, doing so will give your towel cabinet style. Sand the cut pieces of wood and apply the stain or paint, allowing it to dry before continuing.

Step 2 - Build the Frame

Take the planks of 0.5x2x18-inch plywood and the 0.5x2x48-inch plywood. Lay them down to form a frame. Use 1-inch screws to secure the frame. For more stability, add a thin line of wood glue between the pieces of wood in the frame. Applied sparingly enough, the wood glue will improve effectiveness and utility without sacrificing style.

Step 3 - Add the Back

Use 1-inch screws to affix the back onto the frame. Use plywood as the back piece, adding a screw every 6-inches. This is called a carcase, the basic unit of a cabinet.

Step 4 - Install Shelves

Use as many shelves as you’d like. To secure each shelf, drive 2 1-inch screws through the side of the cabinet into the wooden shelf.

Step 5 - Add the Door

To add a door to your cabinet, use the 3/8-inch screws to install hinges 6-inches from the top and bottom. Attach the other ends of the hinges to the cabinet. Put the handle on the door

Step 6 - Hang the Cabinet

Use the stud finder to locate a wall stud. Use a 2-inch screw to attach the back of the cabinet 8-inches below the top of the bathroom towel cabinet to the wall. Use a second 2-inch screw 8-inches above the bottom of the cabinet. Use a level to determine whether the cabinet is hanging at a perpendicular angle to the wall stud.