Sounds like most folks on here are certainly Pro-Cabnetry.
After running into the metal anchors from the outside I sort of threw in the towel on the project.
We never planned to butcher the cabinets but simply take them down and take them to my cabinet builder friend to re-design them and re-install them.
Sounded so easy. We had no idea it would turn into a near total bedroom remodel project.
I'm going to look at the lowering the bed idea, the main electrical is under the bed so I'm not sure if that's even possible but if it is, that's a good idea.