How do I remove kitchen unit legs?


The kitchen unit legs are comprised of 2 pieces. The leg and the base that the leg slots into. The leg is pretty simple to remove and can be done by grabbing hold of the stem of the leg and turning it clockwise.

The sockets for the base are not designed for removal, they are positioned into 4 drilled holes and glued into position for maximum stability.

Kitchen unit leg

Attempting to remove the leg socket will damage the base of the cabinet. If you do try an alternative method off removal, be cautious but don’t attempt to pull them out, otherwise you will have a damaged unit.

The height of our kitchen units with legs is 870mm by default. The legs on our kitchen units will adjust down to 140mm by turning  what looks like the elephant’s foot piece at the bottom of the stem, anti clockwise.

The best solution

If you need to get your kitchen unit lower, for whatever reason, then if you take the leg off then your unit will be 720mm + 25mm leg base = 745mm from the ground.

So, in answer to the question, any attempt to remove the base socket of the leg, will end up damaging the unit, so removal is not recommended!


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13 thoughts on “How do I remove kitchen unit legs?”
  • Rowan says:

    Can a tall unit sit on just the sockets alone? My ceiling height may not allow for the height of the unit+legs.


    February 22, 2019 at 9:03 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Rowan, the unit would slide a lot, if just rested on the leg bosses and we would not advise on doing this.

      February 26, 2019 at 2:03 pm
  • Rowan Ellis says:

    Hello. I would like to fit tall units in my utility room with a rather low ceiling. If I remove the legs, can a tall unit sit securely on just the leg sockets? Thanks

    February 20, 2019 at 9:37 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Rowan, the unit would slide a lot, if just rested on the leg bosses and we would not advise on doing this.

      February 26, 2019 at 1:12 pm
  • Kgomotso says:

    Hi my kitchen cupboards are too low not the evarage size, however I would prefer them a bit higher is it possible to adjust the Base and refit the units again?

    Your advice would be highly appreciated.

    September 25, 2016 at 10:10 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      The legs will go up by 20mm, if you want them any higher then you will have to place some timber under the legs.

      September 28, 2016 at 4:12 pm
  • 90degrees says:

    When there is no middle leg available to take the plinth I run the plinth all the way across to the other leg that way the plinth doesn’t move when your next one meets it, alternatively you can get another leg and line it up with the others usaully about 60mm away from the edge of the carsass wind it up tight to the underside of the unit and that should hold enough to take a plinth clip .

    August 20, 2016 at 8:24 am
  • Tim Sumner says:

    Dear DIY Kitchens,

    Is it possible to cut the legs down to approx 3 inches, they will still fit in the hole but not with a bayonet fitting?



    July 18, 2016 at 9:36 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, the default height of our legs is 150mm but the legs on our kitchen units will adjust from 140mm to 170mm. It is not possible to cut the legs down.

      August 1, 2016 at 9:09 am
  • Donna says:

    Can I can raise the whole kitchen up a few cm by propping units up and cutting down end panels to act as a wider or ‘taller’ plinth?

    April 29, 2016 at 3:02 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      It would be fine to position the units higher than standard, you would just need to make your own plinth on site. Bear in mind that you may need larger end panels for the sides of any exposed ends if you are stepping the cabinets up higher.

      April 29, 2016 at 3:02 pm
  • George says:

    My 1100 corner base unit is great but there are not enough feet in the right positions for me to be able to attach my plinth to it. How do I get another foot base on the underneath of the unit as the supplied feet bases that I have seem to have 4 big black protruding plastic screw fixings already attached to them. Do I have to drill my units? Do you have any feet bases without those black plastic screws so that the foot base fit flush with the bottom of the unit, so that I can
    simply just screw it into position. I’m no good at drilling:-)

    September 15, 2015 at 11:42 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      The pre fitted mountings for the feet are not removable without damaging the unit. If you send us your address details, we will then post out a screw in socket and leg for you.

      September 15, 2015 at 11:42 am
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