How to Remove Kitchen Cabinets

December 8, 2021

You want to renovate your kitchen or get a new one? Converting a kitchen can be a big job that takes time and money. There are some steps involved in the process of removing cabinets. If you're considering doing it yourself, here is some help on removing kitchen cabinets part by part.

Cabinet removal can be a complicated process, but with the right tools and some preparation, it can be done by anyone. There are several steps to take before you start your cabinet removal project that will make the job easier. In this blog post, we will talk about how to remove kitchen cabinets yourself so you can save money on labor costs!. We do however recommend that if you don't have the tools and at least some experience you considering hiring some professional kitchen fitters who can help you remove your cabinets and countertops.


As always, good preparation does half the job! If you take time and effort to prepare your kitchen it will be easier in the end and avoid mistakes or damage.

First, you need to take out all the items from inside your cabinets. If there are any appliances or fixtures that won't be able to fit through your new cabinet opening, move them closer together so they can pass through at once.

Get All The Tools Ready

You will need a power drill, screwdriver bits or Allen wrenches, pry bar and hammer. Have all necessary tools ready and make sure to get all the screws loose easily with the fitting wrenches.

Turn Off The Electricity

Safety first! Make sure electricity is switched off before starting to use tools in the kitchen.

Protect your countertops and lower cabinets

To avoid scratches and other harms use furniture pads or blankets. Also lay down a tarp on the ground below where you will be working and tape it under each of your kitchen counters.

Remove the Cabinet Doors & Drawers

Use your hand to hold open any loose cabinet doors as you begin removing their hinges with your drill/screwdriver bit. It is easier with a second pair of hands to hold the doors while unscrewing them. If possible, remove panels first before taking out drawers for easier access.

Remove the Drawer Slides

Take out all of the screws holding drawers in place before sliding them off completely, so you can lift drawer fronts up easily without damaging your cabinet doors. Use your drill/screwdriver bit to remove drawer slides. It is easiest if you use an old piece of wood underneath them so they don’t fall when removed from cabinets and risk damaging your work surface below.

Unitized or Prefabricated?

If you want to get rid of your kitchen cabinets, you must first determine what sort of cabinets you have, especially if you intend to reuse them for another purpose.

Open your cabinet and look at the back to see what kind of cabinets you have. If the material is the same as the sides of the cabinets, prefabricated cabinets in that style should be able to be reused if carefully removed. If the rear of the cabinet is your wall, they are not well-suited for repurposing.

Up or Down?

If you remove your base cabinets first, you'll have room to get a ladder closer to the rear wall, which might make removing your wall cabinets simpler in some circumstances. On the other hand, if you take down your wall cabinets prior to removing your base cabinets, they will be easier to lift because they will rest on top of them.When there are at least two people available to remove the cabinets, this choice may be preferable.

Removal of the Countertop

Most countertops are secured to your cabinets using screws, making the removal process quick and painless. Simply unscrew the countertop from the underside and carefully remove it, avoiding dents or breaks. If your countertops are constructed of hard or stone materials, they're most likely bonded or epoxied and will need to be softened with a heat gun or blow torch at the joints and then split and chipped away with a box cutter or putty knife. After you've made some progress with the method, use shims and a hammer to carefully split the two pieces apart.

How to remove upper kitchen cabinets

Once you have determined whether or not your cabinets are well-suited for repurposing, the next step is to remove them from their wall brackets. You’ll need to remove the screws holding up these brackets. Upper kitchen cabinets are most likely hung into a frame that is attached to the wall, so you just lift them up after unscrewing. For cabinets that are hung with nails, simply use a hammer.

How to remove lower kitchen cabinets

When cabinets are attached with screws, the process of removing them is usually as simple as unscrewing and uninstalling.

If you're moving a set of cabinets, make sure they are stable by having someone help you or placing pieces of wood beneath the cabinet to support the weight as you take out the screws. This is crucial if you want to move the cabinets without damaging them.

To remove a cabinet, start by removing the screws nearest to the bottom and work your way up. When you're done removing all of the screws, be prepared to lift the cabinet away from the wall.

You'll need to use the hammer and pry bar to separate unitized cabinets from the wall if they were installed with nails and glue rather than screws.

All in all you just unscrew everything and lift it up carefully. In case you don't want to reuse your kitchen you could also just go wild with a hammer.



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