Are spindles decorative, and if so, how can I remove them (pic)?

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Hello! Just wondering if we could remove these spindles? And what could remove them easiest. Mostly would like to know if this looks like a load bearing wall and if these spindles are just decorative. Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing back!

q can we remove these spindles
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  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Sep 07, 2019

    No if it was load bearing it would be a full wall no spindles

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Sep 07, 2019

    If removing them just cut them off

  • Betsy Betsy on Sep 07, 2019

    Hi Bernadette: If you squirt some Goo Gone near the bottom and let it sit, you might be able to sort of 'unscrew' them. The tops should just be stuck in a hole, but if not, the unscrewing thing should work on them, too. By the way, they are gorgeous:) I'm sure you can make something neat out of them, like candle holders or a table, etc. Make sure there isn't a little screw holding them in place, like on some chairs. Good luck

  • Dee Dee on Sep 07, 2019

    Those spindles shouldn't be load bearing, so they can be removed. Remember when you remove them you are going to have to fill the holes top and bottom. Wood stain does not do well over wood filler. You may have to paint.

  • Ellis Ellis on Sep 07, 2019

    A relative had the exact same spindles, they just cut them right through and then carefully removed from the base and top. The wood they were attached to needed to be sanded and re-finished, or you could change the top of the half-wall to a small counter to match or complement your other countertops.


    Eventually, they did a kitchen remodel and removed the half-wall, putting a movable counter in the space.


    Either way, the kitchen looked much better without the dated spindles.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Sep 07, 2019

    Cut in half. Should be able to rock back and forth to loosen. May have some mails to pull out or cut off.

  • Toni @ Girl, Just DIY! Toni @ Girl, Just DIY! on Sep 07, 2019

    Most importantly you need to find out if those act as a ceiling support for the room (aka bearing wall). Once you determine that they are not then you could use a saws all to cut them away but you'd likely have some repair to do on the wood it connected to.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Sep 07, 2019

    No, these spindles are not supporting the ceiling.

  • William William on Sep 08, 2019

    Not load bearing. Just cut them out.

  • William William on Sep 08, 2019

    Spindles are never used for load bearing. They would never handle the weight. The beam above the spindles is load bearing and the end walls support the beam. Spindles are just decorative filling the space of the knee wall. A 60's 70's look. Sometimes there are shelves for knick knacks (dust collectors).

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    • Toni @ Girl, Just DIY! Toni @ Girl, Just DIY! on Sep 11, 2019

      That isn't actually true. My parents hired a shady contractor (didn't know it at the time) and he took out two load bearing walls in the kitchen and over time the ceiling started to sag. They jacked up the flat top roof with a car jack and installed wood spindles between the counter top and the cabinets and those bore the weight of the removed walls perfectly fine.

  • Vickie Vickie on Sep 08, 2019

    That IS a load bearing wall. William is right. Depending on the age of the house it may sag if you remove the spindles.

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    • William William on Sep 10, 2019

      No it won't. The spindles aren't strong enough to hold any weight. The beam above is carrying the load supported by the end walls. They are just a decoration.

  • William William on Sep 10, 2019

    No it won't. The spindles aren't strong enough to hold any weight. The beam above is carrying the load supported by the end walls. They are just a decoration.

  • Toni @ Girl, Just DIY! Toni @ Girl, Just DIY! on Sep 11, 2019

    Bernadette, please, before you remove the spindles please get someone knowledgeable in construction to tell you if the wall is load bearing or not. A city inspector may be able to help you, or point you in the right direction. And while your ceiling wouldn't immediately fall in if you took them out this weekend, over time (if it's load bearing) it will sag and cause you major issues that would be expensive to repair.

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    • Toni @ Girl, Just DIY! Toni @ Girl, Just DIY! on Sep 30, 2019

      @william, it was a flat-top house with open beam ceilings so no drywall on the ceiling at all. The ceiling/roof was visibly sagging after the scammer contractor removed two load bearing walls and hung cabinets from the ceiling. He also installed a heavy heating/air conditioning unit on the roof which added to the problem he created by removing the load bearing walls. The spindles, spaced about 18-24" apart between the counter top and cabinets did in fact hold up the ceiling/roof and resolving the sagging which worked for the next 25 years my mom owned the house.

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