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Thread: Which Came First The Cabinet Or The Floor?

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    Which Came First The Cabinet Or The Floor?

    We are finishing our basement and putting in an engineered hardwood floor, that is tongue & grooved, glued together, but floats on top of concrete slab.

    The cabinet guy tells me to put the floor in AFTER he builds the 2X4 wall and installs the bar, but the framer that helped me get ready for drywall says to put the floor down BEFORE the cabinets.

    Who's right, or what is the recommended way
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    I would say the floor first, but just because it's hard to pour a concrete floor with the cabinets already there...I mean how do you hold them up for the concrete to go underneath them??


    Ok funny stuff aside. The cabinets first, then the flooring. Now for the reason: The floor is supposed to float. If it is anchored down by the cabinets, it can't float properly. Leave your 1/4" gap between the flooring and the cabinet, and cover the gap up with trim. All will be good. Jim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim O'Dell View Post
    I would say the floor first, but just because it's hard to pour a concrete floor with the cabinets already there...I mean how do you hold them up for the concrete to go underneath them??


    Ok funny stuff aside. The cabinets first, then the flooring. Now for the reason: The floor is supposed to float. If it is anchored down by the cabinets, it can't float properly. Leave your 1/4" gap between the flooring and the cabinet, and cover the gap up with trim. All will be good. Jim.
    +1 for cabenates first
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    +2 for jims advice.. even goes for vinly flooring.
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    cabinets first, why would you wanna spend all that money on flooring you won't see. plus because it isn't secured to the subfloor i wouldn't want to put cabinets on top.

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    For a floating floor you need to install the cabinets first. Just don't forget to shim the cabinets up the thickness your flooring is otherwise you could have trouble fitting any appliances under a counter top.

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    Great and timely question Kevin I hope you don't mind but I have to add to the question...........How about when using solid hard wood flooring? Any different than with a floating floor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Brown View Post
    We are finishing our basement and putting in an engineered hardwood floor, that is tongue & grooved, glued together, but floats on top of concrete slab.

    The cabinet guy tells me to put the floor in AFTER he builds the 2X4 wall and installs the bar, but the framer that helped me get ready for drywall says to put the floor down BEFORE the cabinets.

    Who's right, or what is the recommended way
    I agree with most....cabs first

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Niemi View Post
    Great and timely question Kevin I hope you don't mind but I have to add to the question...........How about when using solid hard wood flooring? Any different than with a floating floor?
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    Same for hardwood but leave 1/4" on the flooring and cover with moulding.
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    I was just about to ask a similar question. I want to put built-ins in a closet where there is carpet that will be changed--eventually. So should I put the built-ins on the current carpet, then when it's changed they will only be able to cut away the part up to the base molding? or should I remove the carpet under the built-ins and put them just on the sub-floor? (leaving the rest of the carpet until we change it.)

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