Pantry closets are often a storage location for extra groceries, appliances, and other things the kitchen may not need. They’re often used to make more room in the kitchen by getting things off the floor. When they become too stuffed, it’s time to move on to your next step.

You first want to thoroughly clean out everything in your pantry closet so you can use it as space once it’s taken down. Then take measurements of what size door you’ll need and make sure to find studs in the wall for mounting purposes before tearing anything down. If you have any clothing or other items you may need for your family, you’ll want to get rid of them first.

Once it’s empty and ready for demolition, you can start working on the removal process. Before doing anything at all, make sure that you’re 100% sure that the wall will hold the weight of the new hinged door. If it won’t without additional help, then don’t just cut into your walls. If you do this, you can void your warranty, and it might also cause damage to the walls and ceilings that are close, in addition to creating an extra hole in the wall.

Pull out the installation nails and screws.

First, you’ll want to pull out the remaining nails and screws used to hold the installation. This will help you track down the studs for mounting your new hinged door. To do this, use a stud detector, or if you’re looking for something more exciting, try pulling out your handy-dandy electric chainsaw and making yourself some fun work.

Reinforce the wall.

After the nails have been removed, you may either reframe the wall or utilize wall anchors to strengthen it from the inside to offer additional stability. Once that’s done, you can start measuring your new door and cutting it accordingly. You’ll want an extra inch on both sides for future adjustments if needed. 

The door mounting solution

The next step is to buy or make a mounting solution for your door. For example, you can use a hinged door hinge, which will be easy and simple to install, even if you don’t have all the knowledge necessary to do it yourself. Type A hinged doors are made of plastic and are relatively painless to mount. 

These fit into slots you place in your walls with the anchor inside. When mounted, there is no need for any other parts, and you may make eventual adjustments without having to buy mounts and take the door down again. In addition, you may play around with the automatic swinging feature of the door to provide easier access to storage.

Or you can opt for a Type B hinged door if you want more versatility or style. The most noticeable difference between these and type A hinge is that type B hinges require a frame. You’ll need to purchase a complete frame for mounting purposes and the door itself. Your options for mounting this are unlimited, assuming you have enough space in your kitchen and can accommodate it within its footprint.

Follow the mounting instructions.

Now that you have your choice made, pick out which will best fit your home’s design or if you’re new at this, we highly recommend considering both before making any choice. You may even want to start with something simple only to add style and character to your home later.

Once you have chosen your mount, you’ll want to follow the mounting instructions that come with it. This will ensure that removing them when finished won’t be difficult once installed. You’ll also want to measure any extra space between your door and the frame, allowing more room for groceries and rearranging things behind the door.

If you’re a handy DIY-er, you can add creative flair to this job by installing a magnetic strip on each side of your door. This will allow you to hang extra objects such as keys, phone rings, and mail without rummaging through boxes behind or under the door.

Once you’ve applied all the mounting parts, you can install your new pantry door. Ensure that each hinge part is installed following the manufacturer’s instructions. You could feel the want to attempt doing it on your own, but even though it appears to be simple, there is a greater possibility that you will make a mistake that might result in harm or damage. Instead, place an order for those frosted glass panels that will be mounted on hinges on both sides, and you will also receive all of the necessary mounting hardware.

The last step is to ensure that your door is securely in place before you do anything else. If you install your panel before mounting it, you’ll want to install it first and let the door rest on top of it. This will allow for extra frills such as a shelf and extra storage.

Once you’ve ensured that your new pantry door is firmly in place, you’ll want to apply a finishing touch or two if needed. You can use caulk, grout paint kits, or even some decorative trim around each side of the frame. When you’re finished, you’ll have a new look for your kitchen and many more options and space to try out.

It’s important to note that hinged doors will allow extra light in a while, making it easier to see what is behind it. When you need to find something quickly, this may be handy since it prevents you from rummaging around in the back of your cabinets like you had to do before. It is also much simpler to install additional storage behind a door that opens on hinges, such as an additional pantry, shelves, or even a home bar.

Make a shopping list.

With any project of this magnitude, it’s wise for everyone involved to remember that it depends on you having the right tools for the job. While some of you may already have the tools you need, if not, it’s time to head to Amazon to get all the essentials. You’ll want a jig saw, a framing hammer, a homeowner nail gun, and an electronic stud sensor. This is a basic minimum list; additional tools will be required for installing a hinged door.

Now that you have your shopping list, we know you’re ready to head out and start this exciting and fun project. Once completed, your pantry doors will be right there when you need them without any hassle whatsoever, adding additional storage and style while helping to keep things sanitary.


We have explained how to remove a pantry closet door and replace it, but we agree this may also come with some challenges. Due to this fact, we make it a point to advise all of our readers to seek the advice of an expert before beginning an endeavor of this nature.



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