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What Size Dumpster Is Normally Needed for A Kitchen Demo and Remodel?

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Having had our kitchen gutted and remodeled a couple of years ago, I can honestly say that I had not thought about this question before our renovation. However, if you’re thinking of a kitchen demo or remodel, you will likely need a dumpster.

This week, I welcome guest blogger Ashley Rodriguez, with bins4less, who tackles the answer to this question. I hope you find this information helpful!

When it comes to a kitchen demo and remodel project, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is choosing the right size dumpster for your waste removal needs. A dumpster that is too small can result in additional costs if you need to rent another one, while a dumpster that is too big can lead to unnecessary expenses.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss the different factors that determine the size of a dumpster needed for a kitchen demo and remodel project, provide recommendations to get a 6-yard dumpster and explain how to choose a reputable commercial dumpster rental company.

Factors that Affect the Size of Dumpster Needed

One of the most significant factors that affect the size of the dumpster needed is the size of the kitchen and the amount of demolition work.

1. Size of the kitchen and the amount of demolition work.

A small kitchen remodel, for example, may only require a 10-yard dumpster, while a larger kitchen remodel may require a 20 or 30-yard dumpster.

2. Types of materials being removed

Additionally, the type of materials being removed, such as cabinetry, appliances, and countertops, can also affect the size of the dumpster needed. For example, removing heavy materials like stone countertops may require a larger dumpster than removing lighter materials like laminate countertops.

3. Number of people working on the project

Another factor to consider is the number of people working on the project and the length of the project. A larger number of workers and a longer project will generate more waste and may require a larger dumpster. However, it’s important to note that these are general recommendations, and consulting with a commercial dumpster rental company is still recommended for a more accurate estimate.

4. Length of the project

Furthermore, if you are planning to do a lot of demolition work, such as tearing down walls, breaking up concrete, or getting rid of large appliances, you will likely need a larger dumpster than if you were simply doing a cosmetic update, such as new paint, tile or countertops. Also, if you are planning on doing a complete gut renovation of your kitchen, it is best to go for a larger dumpster, as the amount of debris generated will be significant.


Choosing the right size dumpster for a kitchen demo and remodel project is essential to ensure a successful and cost-effective project. Hopefully, this article has provided you with valuable information and insights on the best practices for choosing a commercial dumpster rental company. By following the above guidelines, you can ensure a smooth and successful kitchen demo and remodel project. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so make sure to take into account all factors and err on the side of caution when choosing the size of the dumpster, you can always rent a smaller one and upgrade if needed, but it can be costly and time-consuming to switch to a larger dumpster mid-project.

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Ashley, thank you for sharing your expertise in determining what size dumpster to use for a kitchen remodel! And thank you dear reader for visiting the Cleveland Appraisal Blog! May all of your remodels be awesome!

Since we’re on the kitchen remodeling theme in this article, here’s a video that highlights some kitchen trends for 2023. I’m excited to see some of these trends in the properties I appraise this year.

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