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Can I Install Vinyl Floors Under Cabinets?

Can I Install Vinyl Floors Under Cabinets?

We often get asked if vinyl flooring can be installed under cabinets. Well, the answer isn’t cut and dry. The two most common installation types of vinyl plank flooring is Click-Lock or Glue-Down installation. Depending on which you install, you may be able to install under cabinets.

Click-Lock Installation

If you are installing click-lock vinyl plank flooring, you should NOT install under cabinets. Since your floor will be floating on the subfloor and connected solely by the locking system, it needs space to expand and contract with temperature changes. If you install heavy cabinetry such as kitchen cabinets on top, it will inhibit the floor from expanding and contracting, and can lead to issues such as buckling and damaged locking systems. As for furniture, it is okay to have furnishings on top of your floor. Invest in felt pads to attach to the bottom of your furnishings so any movements do not damage your vinyl plank flooring.

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Glue-Down Installation

If you are installing glue-down vinyl plank flooringit is okay to install under cabinets. Since the planks will be glued down to the floor, they will not  contract and expand with temperature changes. If you are working with an empty space, it is most definitely easier to simply lay the entire surface without complications and later install cabinets such as kitchen cabinetry. As for furniture, it is okay to have furnishings on top of your floor. Invest in felt pads to attach to the bottom of your furnishings so any movements do not damage your vinyl plank flooring.

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Are you about to install vinyl in your kitchen? Have more questions? Write them in the comments below and we would love to help you!

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2 comments

  1. I’m remodeling my downstairs and i have vinyl plank locking floors going in. I don’t want to put my cabnets on concrete what should i use under the cabnets and could i put the vinyl planks under the appliances?

    • Ashley Tolfo

      Hi, Sandra! Very good question. We do not recommend putting click-lock vinyl flooring under cabinets as the floating floor needs to be able to expand and contract. However, you can put appliances (fridge, washer/dryer, etc.) on top of the vinyl plank flooring. Putting cabinets directly on the concrete is the best option for your cabinets and for your flooring. The concrete provides a stable surface for the cabinets to be placed on. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-520-0961!

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