How to Repair a Cabinet Bottom

If you have a broken cabinet bottom that needs to be replaced, you can repair it using simple tools.

A broken cabinet bottom can be replaced.A broken cabinet bottom can be replaced.
Leaky plumbing is one of the biggest culprits to broken cabinet bottoms. Replacing a cabinet bottom is much cheaper than replacing an entire cabinet. Oftentimes, the cabinet doors and stain cannot be easily matched and can be very expensive to have a cabinet custom made to match your existing cabinets.

Take the cabinet doors off the cabinet by removing the screws in the hinge using a power drill. Set the doors aside.

Cut out the bottom section of the cabinet using a circular saw. Cut as close to the edges as possible.

Remove the edge sections using a hammer and a chisel. Place the chisel at the joint and lightly tap the end of the chisel with a hammer. This will break the glue joint and allow you to remove the entire cabinet bottom. If staples are present, break them off using pliers.

Measure the cabinet bottom using a tape measure.

Cut the cabinet bottom out of new material using a circular saw. Cut slowly to avoid jagged edges.

Place a small amount of carpenters glue around the joints. Place the cabinet bottom into position.

Nail the bottom to the cabinet sides. Place the nail on an angle through the bottom and into the sides. Tap the nail into position using a hammer. Place the finish nails about 6 inches apart.

Fasten the doors back onto the cabinet using a power drill.

Things You Will Need

  • Power drill
  • Screwdriver tips
  • Circular saw
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Pliers
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Carpenters glue
  • Finish nails

About the Author

Living in Utah, Jared Curtis graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree from Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. Curtis is continuing his education in hard sciences to apply to medical school in the future. He began writing professionally in 2010, specializing in cabinet-related articles.