Which Comes First, The Cabinets Or The Floors?

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Last updated on January 1, 1970


I’m redoing a kitchen. Should the cabinets be installed before the flooring, or should the flooring be installed under all the kitchen area?



When we remodel a kitchen, about the only time we install flooring before the cabinets is when we are using unfinished hardwood flooring.  If we are installing a tile, laminate flooring, carpet or pre-finished hardwood, we almost always install the cabinets first.  Make sure to take into account the finish floor height relative to the cabinet height.  If you have any under-counter appliance, such as a dishwasher or trash compactor, you want to make certain you can remove them for eventual service or replacement.