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Can I use laminate flooring under cabinets?

Can I use laminate flooring under cabinets?

Installing laminate flooring under cabinets is a very common question for homeowners. When installing laminate flooring in kitchens and bathrooms, you cannot place cabinets or any hardware that is meant to be bolted permanently to the floor on the laminate. Installing these items on top of your new flooring will cause pressure and not let the flooring expand and contract to temperature changes. This will cause the flooring to buckle, destroy the locking system, and ruin your flooring permanently.

Here are some tips to help you get started:

1. Installing New Cabinets

You will need to install permanent items to your subfloor first, and then install the flooring around those areas. This will allow enough expansion for the flooring to expand and contract through the seasons with temperature changes. Starting off on a new slate like this means you can choose both your flooring and your cabinet colors, giving you ultimate control of how your space looks.

Eclectic Kitchen by South West Design-Build Firms Completion

Eclectic Kitchen by South West Design-Build Firms Completion

2. Working with Current Cabinets

If you are installing laminate flooring around current cabinets, it is often difficult to decide what flooring will match and look best. There are two popular ways to do this.

You can look for a floor that is a similar color, however tones lighter or darker. This will give your space a complete look without appearing blended and boring. If you have wood grained cabinets, choose either a lighter tone or darker tone from these cabinets and use it for your floor color.

Modern Kitchen by Old Lyme Architects & Building Designers Solstice Architects

Modern Kitchen by Old Lyme Architects & Building Designers Solstice Architects

You can also choose to go for an extreme contrast. This can really make your space pop by either bringing out the cabinets or the floor. If you are doing something like this, try to stick with a theme for a cohesive look. An example would be to pair modern looking cabinets with a modern looking floor, rustic to rustic, etc. You will be amazed at how much life this type of pairing can bring to a room.

Modern Kitchen by New York Architects & Building Designers Chelsea Atelier Architect, PC

Modern Kitchen by New York Architects & Building Designers Chelsea Atelier Architect, PC

3. Ask for Help

If you are struggling to make a decision of what laminate flooring to use with your cabinets, search the internet for inspiration. Pinterest and Facebook are a good start. Find a kitchen with similar cabinetry to yours and see what color flooring it is featured with. Once you have a few ideas in mind, order a free sample and see which one you like best with your own eyes!

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