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Rawhide 12-17-2006 04:37 PM

Laminate Kitchen Floor
I am getting ready to embark on a kitchen remodeling project and have a question about the flooring.

We are going to remove the cabinets and install new, and while the cabinets are out, I would like to replace the floor. I am considering a wood grained laminate and would like to lay it wall to wall, with the cabinets on top of the laminate. Is this possible, or will I have problems down the road.

Thanks for all answers!

North Country 12-18-2006 10:30 PM

While it is possible to set cabinets on a floating floor, it isn't advisable. (one of the flooring guys will be in to comment on this) It is always best to cut the area out a 1/4" larger than your cabinet footprint, so the floor can expand/contract properly.

Floorwizard 12-19-2006 09:36 PM

yup. wait till the cabs are in. then you will buy less floor to install possibly.

unless the cabs are mounted to the wall, they cannot be screwed to the lam. the lam must remain a floating only floor.

Rawhide 12-20-2006 04:18 AM

I am correct to assume then if I lay the flooring after the cabinets are installed, that the refrigerator and stove and sit on top of the laminate floor with no issues?

Floorwizard 12-27-2006 12:42 PM

that is correct.

Racer 01-04-2007 07:34 PM

How about around the dishwasher?

We are thinking of installing laminate in our kitchen which just has vinyl flooring. We are not removing cabinets or anything. Do you just run the laminate in front of the dishwasher and install trim moulding to finish it off right there?



brtims 01-05-2007 02:07 PM

good timing
I am getting ready to put laminate (pergo) in my kitchen adn was going to install it then put cabinets on top. Even if they are screwed into the wall and not the floor it is still wise not to sit it on top of the laminate?

Teetorbilt 01-05-2007 05:09 PM

The base cabs need to be on something solid or you are going to have all kinds of problems. Is the Pergo water resistant? If not, you can expect to replace/repair it in the future and cutting under the toekicks can be a real challenge.

brtims 01-05-2007 06:52 PM

good point
to avoid future nightmares I guess it is better to put cabinets down first then the floor. You are right cutting through it later would be ugly if I had to reapir it. they are waterproof but who knows how good

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