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Install an Over-the-Toilet Cabinet

Over-the-toilet cabinets provide an elegant solution to bathroom storage needs.

Install an Over-the-Toilet Cabinet

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Over-the-Cabinet Installation

Here's what you need to know to get started:

Step 1

Make sure you have the proper fasteners for the cabinet.  These may be provided with the unit or purchased separately.

Have a helper hold the cabinet up above the toilet until it's positioned where it fits best. Use the tape measure to center the cabinet above the toilet tank. Mark the cabinet's position with a pencil on the top and bottom of the unit.

Good to Know

Leave plenty of room to remove the toilet tank lid.

Step 2

Use the stud finder to locate the studs. Mark the stud location on the wall. Watch our video: How Do I Find a Wall Stud?

Step 3

Measure to determine the wall stud locations in relation to the cabinet marks on the wall. Write this information down. Flip the cabinet unit over and mark these measurements on the back.

Step 4

Using the measurements, make corresponding holes in the back of the cabinet with a drill and a 1/4-inch drill bit. Do this on a sturdy workbench or covered floor.

Step 5

Use the cabinet as a guide by having a helper hold it on the wall where you made your first marks. Use your pencil to mark through the holes you've drilled into the cabinet. Set the cabinet aside again, and drill holes over the marks you've just made. Go about 1 to 1-1/2 inches deep.

Step 6

Have a helper place the cabinet back up on the wall, and mount it to the studs with the mounting screws that came with the cabinet or those recommended in the instructions. 

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Good to Know

You might need someone to hold the unit up for you while you drill.