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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 recessed cabinet.

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......

Broan-NuTone 472FS Steel — Surface Mounted
Affordable priced cabinet features left or right door opening

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Broan-NuTone Steel-surface mount medicine cabinet







Decolav 9770-WH Surface Mount Medicine Cabinet W-White Frame
Antiqued white fame and design of cabinet offer a warm Cottage appearance

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Decolav white surface mount medicine cabinet-Cottage Style








Kohler Devonshire Mirrored Cabinet
Arch design of cabinet will create a welcome change from all the angular shapes so common in a bath space

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Kohler Devonshire Mirrored Medicine Cabinet-Arch








Medicine Cabinet - 36 inch Mirror by Robern
Plain mirror medicine cabinet has 5-1/2" deep storage

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Medicine Cabinet 36 inch mirror by Robern








Medicine Cabinet with Mirror - Aluminum by Robern
30" High and 5-1/2" deep.Left or right opening

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Medicine Cabinet with Mirror-Al;uminum by Robern








Medicine Cabinet with Mirror - Classic Wooden Frame with Silver Finish by Robern
Left or right door opening. Optional recessed mount

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Medicine Cabinet with Mirror-Classic Wooden Frame with Silver Finish by Robern








Medicine Cabinet with Mirror by Robern8
Durable aluminum. Surface mount only. Left/right door opening

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Medicine Cabinet with Mirror by Robern








Medicine Cabinet with Mirror by Robern
Reversible door opening. Ample 5-1/2 inch depth for storage

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Medicine Cabinet with Mirror by Robern-5-1/2" Depth







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 taller.


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