How to Remove a Kitchen Cabinet

Remove your kitchen cabinets in record time by following our four simple steps.

August 02, 2019
Removing Kitchen Cabinets

Removing Kitchen Cabinets

Locate the screws on the top of your cabinet and remove them. Have a friend hold the cabinet in place.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

How to Remove Wall Cabinets 02:18

Removing cabinets is a breeze with these step-by-step instructions.

Materials and Tools:

  • electric drill or driver
  • voltage/current detector pen
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • a helping hand

Remove Contents + Cabinet Lighting

Above counter cabinets are fairly easy to remove. Begin by removing all the contents inside as well as anything on top. If there's any cabinet lighting, you'll need to detach it before proceeding with the cabinet removal process. Do so by turning off the correct switch at the circuit breaker box. To double-check the proper switch is off, use a voltage detector pen (Image 1). If it lights up, the wire is still hot and you will need to return to the breaker box to turn the correct one off. Once you are sure there is no power running to your lighting, locate and remove the screws holding the lighting in place. Most of the time, these screws are found inside the light itself. Remove the light cover, and locate and remove the screws (Image 2). If you prefer to fully remove the lighting, detach the supply line by unscrewing the wire nuts. Make sure to detach the copper ground wire as well.

Detach From the Other Cabinets

Cabinets are attached in two places — to each other and to the walls. If you are removing more than one cabinet, first detach them from each other. Locate the screws on the inside wall, and use a driver to remove the screws. There are generally 2-3 screws in each cabinet side.

Removing Kitchen Cabinets

Removing Kitchen Cabinets

If you are removing more than one cabinet, they will need to be unattached from each other first. Locate the screws on the inside wall and use a driver to remove the screws.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Detach From the Wall

Once your cabinets are detached from one another, you are ready to remove them from the wall. Locate the screws attaching the top of the cabinet to the wall. These will either be inside the cabinet itself or on the very top edge of the cabinet depending on if your cabinets are flush with the ceiling. Once you have located all of the top screws, use the driver to remove them. Your cabinets should now only be held to the wall by the bottom screws.

Next, locate the bottom screws on the cabinet. These are located either on the underside or on the inside. If there are more than two screws in the bottom of your cabinet, remove the screws on the sides first (leaving the screw in the middle for the last). Most importantly, make sure the cabinet isn’t going to fall and hurt you or damage something underneath it. Have a buddy help you with this process.

Removing Kitchen Cabinets

Removing Kitchen Cabinets

Locate the screws on the top of your cabinet and remove them. Have a friend hold the cabinet in place.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Remove the Final Screw

Have your buddy hold the cabinet in place while you remove the final screw from the bottom of the cabinet. Once the final screw is free, your cabinet will fall. If you have removed all of the side screws and top screws from the cabinet, it should come off the wall easily. If the cabinet is not falling, it's still attached somewhere. Locate the final screw and remove it, being careful not to let your cabinet fall while removing it.

Removing Kitchen Cabinets

Removing Kitchen Cabinets

Locate and remove the bottom screws, making sure to hold the cabinet so it doesn't fall.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

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