Three months into the bathroom remodel and we still didn’t have a convenient storage area until this week! Finally, I made the bathroom wall cabinet. The design and construction is simple and could be easily modified to fit your own needs or style.
When designing this, I wanted it to fit the theme of our bathroom with square edges and industrial elements. But mainly, I wanted it accessible. Wall cabinets often reach all the way to the ceiling, making the top shelf unusable, especially when trying to reach over a toilet!
So this is essentially a deep medicine cabinet. The little open shelves on the side are just for holding decorations. I suppose you could store stuff on them, but it would probably look cluttered.
I began by cutting four plywood boards and assembling them into a basic box, using glue and long screws.
I used the two shelves as spacers to align the left, inset side.
I drilled shelf pin holes using a special jig from Kreg.
The face frame is made with solid pine boards. I glued and tacked these into place.
I built the door frame using pocket screws, then routed out a rabbet on the back side that the panel could rest on.
The metal poles are steel electrical conduit. I cut these to size with a metal cutting blade in my jigsaw.
Next, I set up a stop block on my drill press to bore holes in the exact spot on each of the little shelves.
The pipes just tread through them and rest in a shallow hole on the bottom.
I used two plywood boards as spacers to hold the shelves in place while I drilled holes and geld them in place with long screws.
The door panel is a piece of leftover bead board I used on the back wall of the bathroom. I glued it into the rabbet on the back of the door frame.
After painting everything, I ran the pipes through the shelves.
This french cleat system makes handing the cabinet easy.
- WWMM Bathroom Wall Cabinet (pdf)
- Sketchup File
- WWMM Bathroom Wall Cabinet (pdf) METRIC
- Sketchup File METRIC