1. Use an electronic studfinder to locate two studs and to ensure the bay (space between studs) is clear of any obstructions (e.g. plumbing or electrical).
2. Once you have located a clear spot, poke a hole in the middle of the area where you want to install it. This allows you to look inside the wall and confirm the bay is clear. This way, if there is an error -- an obstruction that went undetected -- you can patch a small hole and move on. Most of the time, you will discover the bay is clear and you can proceed with installation.
3. Draw an outline on the wall that is the size of the unit you're purchasing (e.g. our Extra Large is 14" W x 24" H). Draw a 14x24 pencil outline and use a leveling tool to make sure the outline is level. It's okay if the hole is slightly larger, our medicine cabinets include an overlay that covers up to 1" in width and 1" in height of error.
4. Cut along the outline to create the hole. You can use a variety of tools for this, but the most common is called a drywall knife. When done, remove the piece of drywall you just cut and discard it.
5. Insert the cabinet into the hole with the hinges on whichever side you prefer -- our medicine cabinets are completely reversible.
6. Mount The Concealed Cabinet securely to the studs by screwing in the included 4 mounting screws through the pre-drilled holes in the cabinet walls.
Although not necessary, you will find it is much easier to screw the mounting screws into the studs if you pre-drill pilot holes. To mark the holes for pre-drilling, simply insert your Concealed Cabinet into your hole, then insert a pencil into the four pre-drilled mounting holes inside the cabinet and make a mark on the adjoining stud. Once you've made all four marks, remove the cabinet and use a drill to create the pilot holes, making sure the bit you use is smaller than the mounting screws.
DONE! Now all you need to do is insert your artwork and enjoy your beautiful new bathroom (or kitchen, bedroom, hallway, living room...)!
PLEASE NOTE: In some instances, the location where you want to mount the medicine cabinet will not land easily between two studs and a stud will be in the way. In this instance, you simply need to cut the obstructing stud and frame the opening with 2x4s to give the cabinet something to screw into.
Here is a link to an article on an installation that requires cutting a stud: