Kitchen cabinets in older homes were often built in place on the job site using the walls for support. Newer cabinets, on the other hand, arrive as pre-made units and are attached to wall studs with screws.
This means removing newer cabinets is much easier and causes less damage to walls than taking out built-in cabinets. It also means older cabinets usually have to be dismantled piece by piece, making them unfit for reuse in a garage or laundry room.
Understanding what type of cabinets you have before you begin allows you to better prepare for the project
Kitchen cabinets that are made-to-measure also include doors and drawers that match within a specific size. Standard sizes for kitchen cabinets include 24″ depth for base cabinets and 32 ½” depth for wall cabinets. The size of the cabinet opening should be large enough for most appliances.
If you are putting cabinets in new construction and choosing pre-assembled units, take into consideration that you may have to be able to only have cut doors.
Removing cabinets that are already in place, are however, easier to install, they are also located less throughout and not numbered.
The choice of whether to remove kitchen cabinets that are already built-in or to remove unfinished ones depends on what types of cabinets are currently inside.
Benefits Of Removing Kitchen Cabinets
Removing Kitchen Cabinets
Removing cabinets is a fairly simple process and, depending on how many need to be removed, can be done by a small room in two or three days. Choosing to remove cabinets may allow you to install a new, fully functional set in your remodeled kitchen!
After you have updated your cabinets, it will be time to remove your kitchen hardware (sink, refrigerator controls, and cabinet handles) unless you choose to install some of your older hardware, so it honestly just depends on how much changed you’d like to see in your kitchen. Removing your hardware will include:
o If the cabinets have no hardware installed, there is usually one cabinet handle (or a single tap which makes up of two).o If, however, you have pulled off the entire cabinet, it is possible that you are looking at a fixture valve which is used for the valves in the kitchen.o If a fixture valve cabinet door is open, the back may pull off without disturbing the plumbing.
Removing Kitchen Cabinet Doors And Hardware
The hardest part of the kitchen cabinet removal process, besides literally pulling off the cabinet, is actually unscrewing the cabinet from the wall and relocating it to where it belongs with ease. Once that part is done, if you are finding it difficult to just put the doors back up on the cabinets, put on some disposable gloves and gently rock the door until the handle loosens. It is more than possible that you will need a hammer inside your cupboards to hold the door in place while making sure the handle is loose enough to be unscrewed. We prefer using a hammer with some rubber in the handle to handle the weight.
Once you have finished unscrewing the handles, now it is time to remove the doors themselves. Start by unscrewing the door by slowly Industry paving a way to the hole where the cabinet is attached. Using an adjustable wrench, unscrew the screws around the hinge panels ensuring not to strip screws if only doing it by hand. If you are not sure how to hold the cabinet securely, it is recommended to use a thin wedges for this task.
For those that are attached to studs, any holes found between the mounting holes should be countersunk with a piece of wood before removing. Be very mindful of any plumbing or electrical fixtures you may have displayed in your kitchen below you will not want to damage these.