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Make a Built-In Wall Cabinet

Updated:2013-11-27 15:50:47
New houses are being built smaller in an effort to make them more energy-efficient. However, this makes it more difficult to find space to hold onto things. Built-in wall cabinets allow you to take advantage of the dead space between interior walls to provide storage for prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, personal hygiene products and beauty supplies. You can build them yourself. If you need deeper shelves, just build across the end of a hallway .

Instructions as follows:

                                                      

Firstly, use a stud finder to locate your stone wall studs. Carefully cut a small inspection hole in the plasterboard between two studs using a keyhole saw. Make very shallow cuts in the wall to avoid possible electric shock or damage to water or gas lines that might be running through your wall. If you see power lines or other utilities running through the wall at that point, close up the hole and try the space between another set of studs.
Secondly, once you find a set of studs with no utility lines running through them, carefully cut away the plasterboard between two studs to the height you want for your cabinet. These instructions are for a 2-feet by 3-feet cabinet, so cut a space 3-feet long and the width of the space between the studs. Most cabinets are hung just above eye level, with the midpoint of the cabinet door falling close to shoulder height, which is just under 4 feet 6 inches for most average height women, and 5 feet 6 inches for most average height men. If the cabinet will be used by someone who uses a wheelchair, however, make the midpoint fall about 3 feet 6 inches from the floor.
Thirdly, measure the space between the two studs. Use a circular saw to cut two 2-inch by 4-inch shelves. Make them long enough to fit snugly between the studs to frame the cabinet space. Tap them into place with a rubber mallet. Place a spirit level on top of each shelf, one at a time, to
make sure each one is level. Adjust the shelves as needed.
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