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171 Inset Bathroom Cabinet: Retro Project

This retro inset medicine cabinet is a flashback plan. Although an old idea, I believe it is still one of the best ideas for a bathroom there was. 

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The cabinet is designed to recess in your bathroom wall between the wall studs. The building standard puts studs on a 16” center which leaves 14 ½” between the wall studs. The case portion measures 14 ¼” wide in case the builders were off a little. It is also 3 ½” deep so there should be plenty of clearance that way.

After confirming there are no obstructions (wiring, pipes etc.) in your desired location cut your opening 14 ½” wide by 18” long. Slip in your cabinet and secure to the wall studs through the sides of the case.

There are two adjustable shelves inside or as many as you need for your stuff. Rather than having a handle or a knob I just cut a small cove on the mirror frame to use as a handle. The mirror (door) is held closed using rare earth magnets. I would suggest matching the colour of your visible frames to your vanity but I’m no interior designer.

I hope you enjoy this useful inset medicine cabinet. Happy woodworking!

If you would like to build a vanity to match your medicine cabinet checkout plan #051 or the smaller version plan #012. If you’re looking for more bathroom accessories see the tissue and TP holder plan #151.

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