How Do I Remove These Shelves Without Drywall Damage?


We are re-doing one of our rooms and desperately want to remove these shelves. The screws have either been filled or are hidden, but we aren’t sure. All I know is that it isn’t budging & we cannot damage the wall. Any suggestions to carefully remove them? Please and thank you !!

q how do i remove these shelves without drywall damage
q how do i remove these shelves without drywall damage
  8 answers
  • William William on Sep 19, 2021

    It looks like the 1X2 boards under the shelves are nailed into the studs. The shelves are toe nailed to those boards. Start with a hammer and gently hammer up on the underside of a shelf near the 1X2 boards. The shelves should separate from those thin boards. Use a pry bar to remove the 1X2 boards. A piece of cardboard under the pry bar to protect the wall while prying them off. You'll be left with some nail holes to fill.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Sep 19, 2021

    William is correct that the shelves have been anchored to the walls with nails, not screws.

  • William William on Sep 19, 2021

    Your very welcome.

  • Betsy Betsy on Sep 19, 2021

    Hi Elise: Well, not seeing the shelving, it may be nails or screws. Only you can determine that. If screws, just unscrew them. If nails, then what William said about using a hammer should work. The nails may be facing upwards, so hammer very lightly, starting at one side and work your way to the other side. If you get it away from the wall, slightly, you should be able to see where the nails are. If you can't see, then put a piece of paper between the shelf and wall and slide it along. It will stop at a nail. I would put a piece of wood under the pry bar so that it doesn't dent the wall, and pry up gently, at each nail, not try to get one nail out first, completely, or you may dent the wall with the top of the shelf. Just easy does it at each nail (use the paper to find the nail), a little away from the wall at a time, until you can get it off of the wall by pulling. It looks like the boards on the wall may be screwed in. Hopefully :)

    Good luck

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Sep 19, 2021

    Awesome to know that your situation is resolved congratulations thanks for the feedback

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Sep 20, 2021

    do you have a better pic

    • Elise Elise on Sep 21, 2021

      I was able to solve the problem but thank you !!

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Oct 04, 2021

    Thanks for the update on your shelf removal.