Surface Mount Medicine Cabinets
Surface mount Medicine cabinets are a very common fixture in bathrooms. They
seem to be getting a bad rap these days, with designer preference for the more sleek appearance of the
While it is true that a recessed cabinet will be flush and offer a more trim appearance, the
surface mount is an easier install, is available in more sizes and styles, and offers more inside depth. And,
let's face it, the usual installation is above the vanity which projects out from the wall anyway, and the
surface cabinet fits nicely into the space above it as a compliment, while providing ample storage and a
mirror for grooming.
A surface mount cabinet is an installation that can be easily done on a DIY
basis, saving the cost of a professional install. Unlike a recessed installation, you won't need to worry
about interfering with electrical wiring or plumbing which often lurk inside bathroom walls......
Some things to watch for is getting your cabinet level, centered, and also
making sure it is securely attached to the wall. The cabinet is held to the wall with a mounting bracket. If
the studs are not conveniently placed, you will want to use anchor bolts. Be sure to use recommended number
of screws or anchor bolts, which ever is called for.
Most of these cabinets are fronted with mirrors which add a substantial amount
to the weight supported. This is why securely anchoring to the wall is important. And the weight of the
mirror also calls for good hinges. Be sure the cabinet you purchase is equipped with good hinges.
It is a good idea to have a helper standing by. Though this is not a complicated
installation, an extra set of hands is very helpful in hefting the cabinet and holding it while it is being
leveled and affixed to the wall.
Also take care to be sure there is enough clearance below the cabinet. This is
an important factor these days with the addition of above counter sinks, and as faucet necks are getting