How to Make Your Own Bathroom Wall Cabinets

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What You'll Need
Circular power saw
Wood glue
Nails or ccrews
Hammer or screwdriver
Measuring tape
Miter saw
Paint or wood sealant
Cabinet hardware

Making your own bathroom wall cabinets is much easier than you might assume. This also makes it possible to make bathroom cabinets that fit your particular dimensional requirements. With the right tools and materials, you should be able to easily construct your own bathroom cabinets.

Step 1 - Planning

First you will need to plan and design the wall cabinet for your bathroom. Measure the exact area that you have available. Mark the width, length, and height of the wall cabinets. Spend time carefully planning because even small differences can change the look of the entire project. Sketch the design of the cabinet on a sheet of paper using a pencil. If you make a mistake then you will be able to erase the lines. Draw this cabinet to scale.

Step 2 - Drawing the Plans

Take your rough sketch and turn it into a scale drawing either using CAD or graph paper. When using CAD, you will be able to render a 3D version of the cabinet so that you can take a look at the finished cabinet in it's entirety. Compile a list of all the pieces of lumber you need to buy. Include the other supplies that you will also need to complete the project. By preparing in advance, you will avoid the waste.

Step 3 - Materials

Decide on the materials that you want to use to build your cabinet. Bathrooms are moist, which can cause wood to warp. Use a wood stain or paint to protect the bathroom cabinets from this moisture. Make sure that paint or sealant is included on your shopping list. Also give some thought to the hardware for the doors. You will need to buy hinges, knobs, and handles. There are lots of different styles that you can choose from depending on your preferences.

Step 4 - Starting Construction

Use a miter saw to cut the pieces of wood to form a basic frame shape. The boards all need to be cut at 45° angles so that they fit snugly together. Alternatively, the planks can be butted against each other.

The basic frame now needs to be assembled using glue and screws or nails. Make sure that the frame is perfectly square by measuring both angles and checking that the measurements are the same. Measure the top left to bottom right corner, and the top right to bottom left corner to check that the frame isn't twisted.

Step 5 - Backboard

At the moment, your frame will still be quite flimsy. The back will give the whole structure a lot of shape. Nail the back board onto the cabinet using small nails.

Step 6 - Painting

Paint the cabinet inside and out with the color of your choice. Make sure that you allow all of the paint to dry before fitting the hardware.

Step 7 - Fitting Hardware

Fix the door onto the cabinet by using the hinges. Install handles or knobs onto the door using the supplied fixings.

Step 8 - Fitting the Cabinet

Fix the cabinet to the wall using brackets and screwing the cabinet directly into the wall.