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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.


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. 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?

    • Tyler

      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!

  2. 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?

    • 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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