Dismantling Your Kitchen
Dismantling a used kitchen can be a very tricky procedure. Whilst kitchens are made to last, worktops can be extremely heavy and delicate, and prone to cracks if not handled properly. Kitchen dismantling is best done by a team of profession fitters, as there is a real art to their removal. However, if you do decide to go ahead yourself, bear in mind the following:
Preparing for dismantle
- Remember to take out insurance to cover the seller’s property in case of accidental damage.
- You need someone qualified to disconnect electric and gas.
- Remember to isolate water and heating system if radiators or under-plinth heaters are involved
- Make sure floors are covered before beginning dismantle. One scratch can be very expensive
Dismantling the kitchen units.
Dismantling is reverse engineering:
- Appliances come out first
- Then plinths and trims
- Take island out (if there is one) to make space to work
- Remove top cupboards
- You might need to remove tiles to get base units out
- Some kitchens have screws filled over and painted. Use a magnet to locate screw head.
Transporting the kitchen.
- Hire a van for the transportation of your kitchen. Most hire vans carry 1.2 tons max. An average island worktop weighs 250kg.
- Check that your kitchen fits the dimensions of the lorry.
- You will need to take out a separate insurance. Van hire insurance does not cover the goods you are carrying.
- You will need straps. Packaging and a way of handling worktops if you don’t have specialist equipment
If you have any questions about the dismantling process, get in contact with our kitchen experts: