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Can I Install Vinyl Floors Under Cabinets?

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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.

By installing the flooring after cabinets, it will also be easy to uninstall and re-install if any leaks happen, or a design change is needed.

If you already have click lock vinyl flooring installed and do not want to uninstall in areas where cabinets will go, you can opt for floating cabinets that do not put weight on the floor. These are especially popular in bathrooms and laundry spaces!

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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.

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

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Carrie Bearss November 27, 2022 - 10:49 pm

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?


Rachel Vahcic December 1, 2022 - 2:04 pm

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.

Amanda November 2, 2022 - 4:26 pm


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.

Rachel Vahcic November 17, 2022 - 8:59 am

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!

Paul Sekulski June 16, 2022 - 4:47 pm

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?

Rachel Vahcic June 22, 2022 - 9:28 am

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!

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