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Forum topic by Betsy posted 10-17-2009 06:35 PM 1698 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-17-2009 06:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bathroom cabinet over-the-toilet cabinet

I’ve got a small bathroom with a 28.5” “alcove” where the toilet sits. I’d like to put a cabinet above the toilet.

I’m thinking that since the space is so narrow – that instead of making a cabinet that I should just attach runners along the wall and attach a face frame to the runners – to make essentially a built-in cabinet. What do you think?

Also, 1) how high above the toilet are cabinets usually placed?

2) generally how tall are over-the-toilet cabinets?

3) since this is over a toilet – how deep should I make it?

Thanks in advance.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 10-17-2009 07:04 PM

Thanks Dave!

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#2 posted 10-17-2009 07:18 PM

I would build box 28” x 30” tall out of 3/4” plywood. This gets mounted to the studs on the wall. There is enough space left on each side to glue and brad the face frame that you had scribed to the contour of the two sides. This gives you a perfectly square box that fits perfectly wall to wall in a usually not so square space. The depth of the cabinet would be in line with the toilet seat cover in the up position. This guarantees no one bumps their head and has a custom detail to the measure. The doors would be made after the box is fitted to the space.

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#3 posted 10-17-2009 08:29 PM

Betsy you have described a built in cabinet, that is old school,, stick built cabinetry. The only draw back would be not having wood/melamine walls for your cabinet. You still need to build shelves.
A) about 54 inches
B) They can be short or run all the way to the ceiling.
C) Less than 12 inches, If you want large towels in it I’d make it 12 deep.

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#4 posted 10-17-2009 08:46 PM

The builders up one above one of our toilets. It is 8” deep and 26” above the water tank. It has never been close to being in the way. I don’t think 12” deep would be a problem at that height, maybe if it were lower.

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#5 posted 10-18-2009 12:00 AM

Thanks for the ideas guys!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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