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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  1. Thank you for your question, Carrie. As long as you are anchoring your cabinets to the metal bar on the wall, you would be able to install vinyl tile underneath as the wall will be wearing the majority of the weight.

  2. Hi I am going to install Ikea cabinets in my kitchen they aren’t nailed down to the floor like traditional cabinets. Ikea cabinets have legs and a metal bar on the wall that the back of the cabinet is connected to, can vinyl tile go under this style of cabinets?


  3. Thanks for you question, Amanda! As long as the wardrobes are a moveable item, you can install the vinyl flooring underneath. We do not recommend installing vinyl flooring underneath items secured to the floor such as kitchen cabinets or islands. You can also anchor the wardrobes to the wall to ease some of the weight if you are worried about heavy items inside. Otherwise, you are good to go!

  4. Hello,

    I have purchased waterproof click vinyl flooring for a room to be used for 3 wardrobes. Can the wardrobes be put on top of this or do they need to go around them please?

    I don’t know what the weight will be when they are full of clothes, shoes etc and I don’t want to have any problems with the new floor.

    Your help will be greatly appreciated.

  5. Thanks for your question, Paul! We offer a wide variety of colors for moldings and are confident that we have a match for you. Instead of nailing the molding into cabinets, you can glue it. Please reach out to our sales team at (800) 520-0961 for assistance!

  6. Considering putting vinyl plank flooring in a kitchen around cabinets and a island. I understate you must leave a 1/4in gap for expansion. However I am not too crazy about having to place quarterround moulding around the oak cabinets and island. My big concern is will the qround match the oak cabinet finish. Will the q round maintain a tight fit and not crazy about nailing into cabinets. Are there any other options avaviable?

  7. Hi Paul. You would be able to use a vinyl tile with a refridgerator, washer, drying, piano, and bed, as long as the weight does not exceed 500 pounds. Cabinets are unable to be installed on top of laminate and vinyl because they are typically anchored to the floor, which will pin the floor to the subfloor preventing it from expanding and contracting properly.

  8. I’m puzzled. My cabinets don’t weigh nearly what my refrigerator, washer, dryer, piano, or bed weigh. Should we not use luxury vinyl tile under any of this? I guess the gun safe is also off limits. If the thermal expansion is this drastic, won’t the flooring have issues everywhere?

  9. Hi Lesley. You would be able to install rigid core vinyl tiles over ceramic as long as the grout line are no more than a quarter of an inch in difference. You always need to make sure that the ceramic tile is completely level in order to install a floating floor on top of it.

  10. Can you fit rigid core vinyl tiles on top of ceramic tiles without having to fill in/level the grout lines?

  11. Hi Sue! We’d recommend that you screw the track into the subfloor. You would be able to place the track between the planks much like you were running a transition molding piece there. Make sure you leave a quarter inch expansion gap as well.

  12. I am installing floating vinyl plank in a kitchen that has sliding pantry doors. What do you recommend I do, since the bottom track needs to be screwed into the floor. The planks will be running the same direction as the track.

  13. Hi Jack, Yes you would be able to install floating vinyl or laminate flooring under a refrigerator, stove and dishwasher as long as those items are not anchored to the floor.

  14. Can or should you install floating vinyl flooring under refrigerator stove and dishwasher ?

  15. Hi Cindy! If the vinyl that you are installing is glue down to the floor and doesnt “float” anywhere, you would have no issue with installing cabinets on top and having your refrigerator on the floor.

  16. I’m installing a 5mm loose lay vinyl plank on a concrete subfloor. Installing it with a perimeter glue down. Can I install cabinets over it and place my refrigerator on it?

  17. Hi Krista! We would recommend you cutting out the area where those posts will be installed.

  18. Just installed a floating vinyl plank floor with an island with an overhang. The overhang has 2 posts supporting the counter. Can I install the posts on top of the floor or should be cut out the area under the post?

  19. Hi Sonia, thanks for the question. My recommendation would be to just uninstall the vinyl where the cabinets will be installed. If you install the cabinets over the floor, you can risk buckling and other issues.

  20. We are building an apartment . Already we installed all the kitchen with the Luxury Plank Vinyl before the cabinets , island and appliances .
    What I understanding we cannot do it because is a flooding floor .
    Do we have any tip in this case already all the floor was installed?
    Thanks for your help .

  21. Hi Tiffany, thanks for the question. I am not familiar with this particular brand, but the advice should be the same no matter the brand. Your vanity should be fine on top of the flooring. Since the weight will be disbursed through 4 legs and it’s a small space, you shouldn’t have issues. Just be sure to put felt or coasters under the legs to prevent denting.

  22. Hello. I’m in the middle of a master bathroom remodel. I am installing this type of flooring Aquaguard Bayport Grande Water-Resistant Laminate. I just was reading where you shouldn’t put heavy cabinets on this flooring. We are installing Windlowe 61 in. W x 22 in. D x 35 in. H Bath Vanity in Green with Carrera Marble Vanity Top in White with White Sink from Home Depot. It does have a granite top so it definitely will be too heavy to wall hang. But I am at a point where we could install it since we are several rows away from where the vanity will be. would this type of vanity be too heavy for that type of flooring? It is not a solid base bottom and does have feet that are a wide footprint. If it is recommended not to put it on the floating floor is there any suggestions since we’ve already put down and under floor layment. Thank you so much for your assistance. I am so happy I stumbled upon this great article!!

  23. Hi Chris, thanks for the question. If the vanity is not bearing weight on the floor, then you can install under it. If you are installing a cabinet-like vanity, you will install around the cabinet.

  24. BTW, the current vanity only sits on the floor on the right and left sides and is anchored to the wall. There is a drawer across the bottom with a small 1″ piece of wood across the floor which does not hold weight.

  25. I am slowly remodeling a 6’x4′ bathroom. Currently it has a 34″ x 24″ vanity. I am wanting to replace the vanity in the near future but I am not sure as to the style yet. Can I install click lock planks wall to wall under the vanity as it is in a small room and expansion should not be as much of an issue?

  26. Hi Brenda, thanks for the question. Yes, you can put the stove and fridge on top of the floating floor. For the dishwasher, usually this is a built-in appliance like the cabinets, which is why we do not recommend adding it under here. I believe most dishwashers will just slide in under your countertop if you want to replace them.

  27. I kniw you said not to put vinyl plank flooring under dishwasher. Why do you suggest not putting the planking under the dishwasher. Plus if we did not put anything under dishwasher and we have to replace dishwasher how would we get it out without taking off countertop.

  28. I know you said no kitchen cabinets on click n lock vinyl plank. But can you put the stove and fridge on top of the plank flooring

  29. Nice vanity, Rachelle! You can float the flooring under this, as it will not be adhering to the floor.

  30. Rachelle Wieneke

    A little of both…the front of the vanity has 2 legs, the back does not. Here is the vanity, sold by Lowes. Google for a visual.

    Diamond FreshFit Palencia 60-in White Bathroom Vanity Cabinet

  31. Hi Mike, thanks for the question. I wouldn’t worry about adding plywood, as you can install an underlayment and then install over top of that. You could use a click lock, but you would need a transition strip between the floating floor and carpet.If you want to do glue down, then you would not need a molding.

  32. Hi, I want to tear out a small corner of carpet for a wet bar/kitchenette in my basement. I was thinking I’d put down some kind of sub floor over the concrete to provide some cushion and vapor barrier. Then put a couple kitchen type cabinets on top. Could I use a floating floor/click lock plank around the cabinets in such a small area and have the butt up against a carpeted area? Would a glue down plank be better or can you do a floating floor that meets up to carpet? Thanks.

  33. Hi Rachelle, thanks for the question. Is it a vanity with legs or a solid bottom? If it has legs, just add disks or cushion under the legs to disburse the weight. It will be fine over the flooring. If it is more of a cabinet bottom, you will need to install flooring around it. If you do float around it, use a quarter round to cover the gap. Hope this helps!

  34. I am installing vinyl click flooring in a bathroom. The bathroom will have a 61″ vanity that weighs approximately 250-300 lbs. The vanity will not be bolted to anything, only affixed to plumbing. Can I place the vanity on top of the vinyl plank flooring or do I need to place the flooring around the vanity and come up with a way to hide the gap? If the vinyl needs to be placed around the vanity, would a bead of caulk work as a way to cover the gap as opposed to trying to modify the bottom of the vanity I just spent a good amount of money on?

  35. Hi Katrina, thanks for the question. Vinyl is completely waterproof! You will need to seal the flooring around the tub and water-prone areas to prevent water from getting trapped underneath the flooring, which can lead to mold. For the toilet, yes you will install the floor first.

  36. We are installing the click lock floating vinyl flooring. It is going to be in our bathroom and we have 2 small kids who like to splash and play, thus at times water gets splashed out into the floor. Is the click lock floating flooring truly water proof? Or do we have to do something to it to make it water proof? And can we install the floor, and then the toilet? This way of the toilet leaks it’ll be over top of the flooring, not under? Thank you for any help!

  37. Hi Natalie, how thick is the toe kick? Will you be using this as your finish with no quarter round? If it is over .25″, then it should cover the gap!

  38. Can Marmoleum Click floors be installed just under a toekick (but not the entire cabinet). I’d rather not have a gap there.

  39. Hi Chirag, yes that is correct. You will need to first level the tiles if you have any grout lines, then install the cabinets. I am not in construction, but I think the electrical will want to be done befoer the paint. After, you will want to do all of the paint and wet installations before installing the flooring, then the cabinets, then the flooring.

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  41. Hello, I am looking to put lvt on top of my ceramic tiles. From your article I learned that I can’t put it below the cabinets.

    So…i should just install the cabinets ontop of my ceramic tiles, and after fully installed, install lvt around the cabinets and island?

    Lastly, whats my process/sequence here for the following things that need to be done:

    1.pendant lights over island, and recess lights in kitchen need to be moved and added
    2. Paint
    3. Flooring (LVT)
    4. Kitchen install
    4. Kitchen receptacle needs to be added


  42. Hi Steven, thanks for your question. No, this will not affect the stability of the flooring. A floating floor will never fit right up to the walls, as they need an expansion gap. With cabinets, you still need the gap. As long as your flooring isn’t going 30′ or more, the floor will float perfectly fine.

  43. With the click lock systems, if you don’t fit them up to the walls (under the units), then presumably you leave approx 500/600mm between the last plank and the wall, with an unused edge? If you have kitchen units on both sides of the kitchen, then you have that on both sides on the floor. Does that affect the stability of the floor because neither edge is butted up to the wall?

  44. Hi Linda, yes you can put it over linoleum as long as it is in good condition and level. I think a floating click lock vinyl will be best for you in this situation!

  45. Hi,
    Can I put vinyl plank flooring directly over linoleum? And if so, which option is best; click, floating or glued?

  46. Hi Shaun, no problem! With this type of cabinet, installing under it should be fine. I am also assuming there will be space to see under the cabinets, so you will want the flooring to continue under the cabinets. I would recommend putting some felt or disk under the legs just to avoid denting with the legs. And yes, an SPC vinyl is less susceptible to expanding and contracting, but it is still necessary to have the ability to float. Hope this answers everything! Best of luck with your new kitchen!

  47. Hi Alana, thanks for answering my original question about the floating island. I have a similar question in regards to putting a floating floor under Ikea kitchen cabinets. We are installing an Ikea kitchen. It is my understanding that the cabinets are hung on the wall by a railing system (supports most of the weight), then assisted with adjustable legs in the front of the cabinets to help with level and support. My question is since most of the cabinet weight is hung on the wall by the railing system, do you think I could install a vinyl rigid core (SPC) floor under the cabinets? I also heard the new SPC rigid core vinyl flooring was less susceptible to expanding and contracting, is that true?

  48. Hi Ed, great question. You’ll want to follow the same advice in this article about laminate:

  49. After reading about not putting vanities on floating vinyl planks what about the toilet

  50. Hi Ken, thanks for the question. If you are installing COREtec as a floating floor, you will need to install cabinets first and have the flooring outline the cabinets. They should not go under the cabinets, as it will restrict the ability to float properly. If you are gluing vinyl down, you can place it under the cabinets. In my opinion, installing glue down vinyl under the cabinets is just a waste of money, considering it will not be seen and is unnecessary for under the cabinets. I hope this helps!

  51. I have been told by flooring store owners that cabinets can be placed on a COREtec flooring, but I am reading differently, I am replacing kitchen Cabinets and flooring. Would prefer to go under but which is best? Alliances will be on top of the flooring . Confused

  52. Hi Rob, thanks for the question. You can put the floating floor under all of your appliances, except the dishwasher. You shouldn’t need to put additional plywood under the cabinets or appliances – the flooring will frame it.

  53. I also am installing a floating floor in my kitchen during the remodeling. Should I put plywood down underneath my new cabinets to even everything out? Should I put plywood underneath my dishwasher or could I put the floating floor? As for the stove and refrigerator, I read that the floating floor should be fine underneath them. Is that true?

  54. Hi Sue, thanks for the question. I would be careful with rubber mats, as they can discolor the floor. You should be able to find coasters or disks that you can put under the legs.

  55. I have excercise equipment , what should I put under the legs? Rug or rubber matts?

  56. Hi Shaun, great question. Yes, you can put a floating vinyl under the island. The legs will disburse the weight, so it will not prevent it from floating. Just be sure to add some coasters or felt under the legs to prevent them from denting the surface! Also, be careful when you are moving it on the floor. Use cardboard if you need to slide it over the floor.

  57. Hi, great article! I understand that you can’t put a floating vinyl floor under kitchen cabinets, but what about a floating island in the center of the kitchen. What I mean by floating island is that it will be free standing on legs underneath (Ikea leg stands), and not bolted to the floor like a permanent island would be (so it could be moved if needed). Would it be ok to put a floating Island over the floating LVP floors? It will have a Qaurtz counter top if that matters at all.

  58. Hi Garrett, yes you need an expansion gap. Under cabinets, people either use a quarter round or a plastic type molding base.

  59. If there is supposed to be a gap on the outside edges of the floor so it can expand and contract, how to I install around the cabinets without it looking ugly from a exposed gap?

  60. Hi Jeff, thanks for the question. If you glue down your floating floor, you will most likely void your warranty. You could also risk damage with the floor expanding and contracting depending on the type of floor you are installing. If you plan to do a vinyl flooring, you should opt for a glue down vinyl.

  61. What type of glue should be used if I wanted to glue down a snap together floating floor, I want to install the floor then install our new Kitchen Cabinets on top, so I don’t want the floor floating

  62. Hi Janice, great question. I would recommend continuing the same flooring you have beneath the dishwasher and refrigerator. So yes, level the floor and continue installation.

  63. I am remodeling a kitchen. The vinyl flooring was replaced a year ago and run up to the cabinets on top of the old vinyl. I now am installing a dishwasher and a refrigerator and need to add flooring. Under the dishwasher should I build that up and install it on level vinyl flooring or should it just be installed in the base flooring? I’m worried about replacing the dishwasher in the future and not being able to remove it without removing countertop.

  64. Hi Larissa, thanks for your question! If it is not a bolted down vanity, you should be fine to install over the flooring. Be sure to use disks under the logs to help prevent denting of the flooring.

  65. We just installed vinyl plank flooring in our bathroom, and we bought a vanity that has legs. So the floor will be visible under the vanity. The floor was put in as a floating floor, should we take it out, redo and glue it down? The vanity is not returnable. I’m trying not to panic right now.

  66. Hi Lisa, if it is a built in vanity and cabinet, you should not install it over the vinyl. Anything that is very heavy can stop the vinyl from being able to float freely.

  67. What about a bathroom vanity? We are redoing our half bath and we are using a vinyl plank floating floor. Can I put our 30″vanity with granite counter top on top of the floor? Our bathroom is 3’x8′ with the vanity on the 3′ side.

  68. Hi Tracy, yes you can install the flooring under the oven and other appliances, just not under the cabinets.

  69. Hi, I am installing flooring in the kitchen, is it OK to run it underneath the oven?

  70. Hey Jennifer! That is a great question. Unfortunately if you glue one part of a room, you have to glue all of it. This is because the planks that are not glued would have nowhere to move as they expand, and would then cause the floor to buckle. I hope this answers your question!

  71. I am going to get new cabinets installed and have bought a click vinyl floor. We are trying to decide between gluing vs floating. Ideally we would like to have the cabinets on top of the floor to avoid the less than ideal appearance of trim at the bottom of our cabinets and we know that you cannot do this on a floating floor… But is it possible to just glue down the planks where the cabinets will go and then float from those glue down pieces for the rest of the kitchen?

  72. 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!

  73. 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?

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