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How to remove kitchen cabinets

Here is a simple step-by-step guide to help you remove kitchen cabinets. All you’ll need is a screwdriver, a claw hammer or crowbar and an extra pair of hands to hold things steady.


Before you start, check to see if there are any water pipes in your units. If there are, isolate the supply, drain them and detach them.


Doors and Drawers

The easiest place to start when you want to remove kitchen cabinets is the doors and the drawers. Use a screwdriver to remove the hinges from the doors and set them aside. Then remove the hinges from the inside of the units. Bag them up along with the screws if you plan to reuse them in future.


Also, remove any shelves at this stage and set them aside.



If you plan to remove kitchen cabinets from underneath your worktop, your best bet is to remove one old unit and install a new one in its place as you go. This should help you avoid having to remove your worktops from the wall.

If you look underneath the inside roof of the cabinet, you should be able to find the fasteners easily, which can be carefully removed, enabling you to slide each cabinet out and put the new one in its place.


You may need to remove your sink in order to change the under-sink cabinet. To do so, make sure your water supply is turned off and the pipes are drained before disconnecting them, then cap them off until you plan to reconnect them, so you can turn your water supply back on.

Also, unscrew and remove any other plumbing fixtures. Then, locate and remove any screws holding the sink in place, then gently hammer the underside until you can lift it free.

Once the new cabinet is in place, repeat the process in reverse to resite and reconnect your sink, before replacing the silicon seal to prevent any leaks.


Trims and kickboards

Trims are usually tacked or nailed into place, so can be easy to pry away using a claw hammer or crowbar. Take care if you are planning to use them again.

The kickboard which runs along the base of each cabinet on the floor can also usually be easily removed with a slim screwdriver or crowbar, as they are usually nailed or stapled into place. Again, take care if you are planning to reuse these.


Separate your cabinets

Once you have removed all doors, draws, shelves and trims and are left with just the carcasses in place, you’ll need to remove the fixings which hold them together. These will usually be screws or bolts in each corner of the cabinet, but they may be nailed together. Remove each one in turn.


Remove kitchen cabinets from the wall

Locate the nails or screws used to anchor your cabinets to the wall. They will usually be attached through a screw rail at the top of the cabinet, but there may also be one at the bottom.

Once you have removed these, double check to make sure that everything attached has been taken off, before gently trying to pull your cabinet away from the wall.

It should come away easily, so if it pulls, it probably means it is still attached to something. If this is the case, check again and remove any further screws or nails if possible.

For cabinets fitted to the upper walls, you’ll need an extra pair of hands to hold the carcasses in place while you remove the screws and pull them away from the walls.

Once you have removed the cabinet carcasses, they can usually be broken down further for easier disposal or storage. Now, all you need to do is clear up your work area and get ready to install your new units.

Achieving the kitchen of your dreams is both easy and affordable with Kitchen Click Direct. If you buy with us, we can provide you with high-quality replacement kitchen units, doors and accessories at a fraction of the cost of a new kitchen, which are easy to assemble and install.

It means that rather than having to go for a complete kitchen refit, you can replace only your doors and units with a style which matches your dream look, saving you both time and money.

Once you’ve browsed our range and picked your perfect units and doors, you’ll need to get your kitchen ready to install them.


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