So I have a space determined for a recessed medicine cabinet. when I cut a peep hole in the drywall i determined that the closest stud on the left is 6" from the left edge of the recessed area. and on the right there's only a 1/4 of a stud that goes part way down from the celeing...which would only match about 5 or 6" of where the cabinet would be going...and its about 4.5" from where the edge of the cabinet would be going on the right side anyway.

It was recommended by a friend to just screw 2x4/shims face to face with the studs until it was flush with the opening (after extending the 1/4 stud to make it easier). I was wondering if there is a better option/if this option would be stable/sturdy enough?

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    If all else fails, you could frame it as you would a window (cripple studs and so on). – keshlam Mar 23 '16 at 21:14
  • Just a heads up, there will probably be pipes for the sink below the medicine cabinet, I would look first, and if so, be careful- don't accidentlaly drop any 2x4s in the wall. – Ben Welborn Mar 24 '16 at 14:02
  • I can't really frame it in like a window because I can't access the studs directly (do to it already being drywalled). I only have the approx 18x13 hole for the medicine cabinet. Also I checked for pipes below, its actually a drywall bump out so that's not a problem. – adam Mar 25 '16 at 19:38

I'm hearing that you don't want to cut out drywall, install bridge framing between studs, put your previously removed drywall back in, spackle, prime & re-paint. Well, this Medicine Cabinet better be 24" wide or less.

If so, then you can simply screw through the drywall into your new framing sticks. Do this from both sides of the wall for optimal strength & support. Or, turn the 2x4's flat against the bath wall & install 2 rows of screws to secure them.

You'll want your top & bottom pieces longer so you can toenail the side up & down on the left side. The right side will be a little funky, but that's not entirely your fault. Finally, you can frame the Medicine cabinet like a picture to hide all of your short-cutting wall damage.

  • So face nailing/screwing the 2x4 to the existing/repaired stud is not a good option? – adam Mar 28 '16 at 19:11
  • Sure, though that's a lot of stacking & then you're still stuck on the right side though. Correct? – Iggy Mar 29 '16 at 1:20

Measure from your closet stud on either side to the othwr take that number subtract it from your drop in cabinet. No take that diffrence and split it in half; the sum will be how many inches youll need to shim if you have the cabinet square in the first place. If you have somethimg smaller then a 2×4. Left over (say the distance is 5 inches) obviously a single stude shim will not work you have a few diffrent options: rip a 2×4 length wise to the disired measurement. Or use 1× 2. Either of. Wich are safe its only a med cabinet. Just get the thing square ans plum. Use a level and double check your measurements b4 you cut. Its a finnished wall not the most fun to repair if you like a seemless wall. oh if the depth of the wall isnt as deep as the cabinet your reveal may be funny lookin

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