Ready to remodel? On the journey to your dream kitchen, you’ll likely run into a few key questions. One of the most common queries we get is whether cabinets or flooring should be installed first. The answer can vary depending on a few variables but, for the most part, we advise you install cabinets first.
Check out our list to find out why and to see which method is better for you.
Install cabinets first to…
Why waste money of flooring you won’t see? If you install flooring first, some of it is bound to hide beneath your appliances and cabinets. There’s really no need to panel these obscured areas. Go easy on your wallet by saving floor installation for last.
Allow floor to expand
Many types of floors—including click-lock, hardwood, and floating flooring—expand due to changes in temperature and humidity. If you install wall-to-wall flooring, the panels may run out of room to expand. Install cabinets first to avoid this issue.
Keep floor scratch-free
In the bustle of kitchen remodeling, you’re bound to have a mishap or two. Don’t let a dropped wrench or dragged appliances scuff your brand-new flooring. Arrange your kitchen before lying floor panels down.
Avoid paint spills
Finishing your kitchen with a fresh coat of paint? You may want to hold off on flooring until after the paint dries. We recommend painting first, installing cabinets second, and installing floors last.
Install flooring first when…
Your flooring is higher than normal
Some flooring is an inch or two higher than average. If this is the case, install either floor panels or plywood risers beneath your cabinets to even the level. Check with your manufacturer to see if your floors are within normal height range.
You want a flexible floor plan
If you’re the type that likes to shake things up, you may want to install flooring first. Cabinets and appliances without flooring underneath are much harder to move. If you foresee yourself craving layout change, we advise you cover your kitchen in wall-to-wall flooring first.