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09-27-2016 12:48 PM

I had a random question. I want to install a recessed medicine cabinet, however my wall has a stud right in the center. I’d rather not cut it and reframe it. Would it be possible to leave the stud in the middle and create a medicine cabinet that essential goes over it in the middle, creating almost a two-halved cabinet. It’ll still have one door but when opened; it’ll be split in the middle. I realize a lot of space will be wasted for the cabinet that’ll wrap around the center stud. Any thoughts?


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#1 posted 09-27-2016 01:26 PM

To answer your question, Sure, it’s possible.

-- If the tool was invented after the Depression, I don't need it.

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#2 posted 09-27-2016 01:28 PM

To answer your question, Sure, it’s possible.
Might be easier to just reframe.

-- If the tool was invented after the Depression, I don't need it.

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#3 posted 09-27-2016 01:42 PM

I wanted to make a double wide (30”) recessed cabinet. When I worked out the logistics I simply abandoned the idea. There are simply too many detours around the stud. And on a single wide version you will end up with 5” wide shelves—not too handy. I would surface mount or make two separate cabinets and set them between adjacent studs.

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#4 posted 09-27-2016 02:15 PM

I’m just worried about reframing due to the wall load. I don’t know if it’s load bearing and don’t want to mess with that.

Would rather not wall mount cause it’d stick out so much. I only need a few inches of shelf as its only for a few small items (lotion, deodorant, etc)

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#5 posted 09-27-2016 02:56 PM

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#6 posted 09-27-2016 03:08 PM

I fitted my vanity with drawers instead of doors. They accommodate almost all of my storage needs. If your vanity has a false front top drawer you can probably retro-fit a drawer.

This is my top drawer. I sized it to accommodate toilet paper rolls, but it holds most of what I need in the bathroom.

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#7 posted 09-27-2016 03:13 PM

I have installed recessed shelfs and cubbys into my house and while it may seem like a lot of work your best bet is to frame it like a window. while that may include some drywall or plaster work, you will be much happier with the result.

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#8 posted 09-27-2016 05:41 PM

Cooler, you are a genius. I do NOT know why i haven’t thought of that. I have two false fronts for my vanity. I’m not sure how they’re fastened since the previous owner built it but hopefully it’s not glued into place. I’ll see if it’s possible to fashion some sort of usable drawer, since all i really need is a small amount of space to store some lotions and such.

this would eliminate the need to hang a medicine cabinet at all :)

Thanks everyone else for your inputs!

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#9 posted 09-27-2016 06:45 PM

The U-shaped drawer allowed me to use standard drawer hardware.

While you are at it you can make a couple of pull outs for the bottom cabinet. The drawers are much, much better than cabinets for storage efficiency.

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#10 posted 09-27-2016 07:07 PM

Completely agree! Unless you’re stacking boxes in the cabinet there’s a lot of wasted space.

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