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.
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.
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.