How to Remove a Hanging Kitchen Cupboard


Before any remodeling can be done and new cupboards added, the old ones need to come down. Removing cupboards may seem like a big job, but it’s a fairly easy and uncomplicated process. The money saved doing this project yourself can go for other features in the kitchen. The reward for your labors will be when the new cupboards are installed.

  • Clear the countertop of clutter and appliances to allow a clear working space. Empty all the contents from the cupboards.

  • Remove the doors from the cupboards. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws. Screws will require a flathead or Phillips head screwdriver. Place the screws into a plastic bag or container if you plan to reuse the cabinets.

  • Remove the screws that are connecting sections of cupboards. Cupboards are built with single or double doors and are joined with screws to connect each section.

  • Use a small crowbar to remove any decorative trim. Place the crowbar between the cupboard and the trim, and gently pry the trim from the cupboard.

  • Recruit the help of a second person to hold the cupboard in place before removing the screws that connect the cupboard to the wall. Remove the screws and lift the cupboard to the floor or other predetermined area.

Tips & Warnings

  • Label the doors to correspond with the correct cupboard. This is helpful if you plan to reuse the cupboards in the garage or donate them.
  • Cupboards are generally heavy and an extra person or two will be needed to hold and lift the cupboard from the wall.

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