I am in the process of finishing my basement. I have a wet bar area planned with a row of cabinets and an under the counter beverage cooler. I have some slate tile that I am going to install in that area of the basement. I am worried about being able to install the cabinets level on the slate. This is due to the unevenness surface of the tile. Should I plan on putting the slate under the cabinets? Due to the beverage cooler I need something under cabinets so they are at the same level at the rest of the floor. Could I put something else under the cabinets and tile to the front of the cabinets with the slate?
The uneveness of the slate shouldn't stop you from installing the cabinets on it. That's what they make shims for. However, if the slate is pretty rough, you may have to use a small trim around the toekicks and any exposed sides. If you wanted to tile around them, then it wouldn't hurt to put some plywood underneath. I would use plywood that is slightly thinner than the average thickness of the tile so it wouldn't show after the tile is in.