How to Remove a Lazy Susan

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How to Remove a Lazy Susan
Use a Lazy Susan to pass food around the table (table image by thierry planche from

A Lazy Susan is a very helpful kitchen aide, but when it is no longer needed it becomes a waste of space and needs to be removed. There are two main types of Lazy Susans and each requires a different method for removal. Depending on the location of your Lazy Susan, removing it will give you more flat, usable space either on your tabletop or in your cabinet.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Scraping tool
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Rag
  • Multi-Purpose cleanser

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    Removing a Tabletop Lazy Susan

  1. 1

    Clear space to make room for everything that is on your Lazy Susan. Group like items together to make it easier to find a place for everything.

  2. 2

    Locate the bolts or screws facing up on the underside of table. These bolts or screws are keeping the Lazy Susan connected to your table.

  3. 3

    Unscrew and remove the bolts with a wrench or screws with a screwdriver.

  4. 4

    Jiggle the Lazy Susan loose. The longer the Lazy Susan has been in place, the more it will be stuck to the surface of the table. Do not jerk the Lazy Susan from the table. Once the Lazy Susan is loose, remove it from the table. If the Lazy Susan is oversized, like the ones used in Chinese food restaurants, have a friend help you remove it.

  5. 5

    Clean the area on the table where the Lazy Susan has been removed from with a rag and multipurpose cleaner. If the Lazy Susan has been in the same place for a long time, the area should be pretty dusty.

    Cabinet installed Lazy Susan

  1. 1

    Clear space to make room for everything on your Lazy Susan. Organise the items by grouping like items together to make finding a place for everything easier.

  2. 2

    Insert a scraping tool under the Lazy Susan, then carefully lift and separate the Lazy Susan from the cabinet. A cabinet installed Lazy Susan uses adhesive to keep it fixed to the cabinet so it's necessary to insert a thin item beneath it to cause separation. To prevent damage to the cabinet, it's important to remain patient, continue separating the Lazy Susan from the cabinet slowly and fight any temptation you may have to jerk the Lazy Susan out.

  3. 3

    Remove the Lazy Susan from the cabinet and clean off any residue left by the adhesive with rubbing alcohol and a rag.

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