Laying the floor first would appear to be the best option but you are much more likely to damage the floor whilst the kitchen is being assembled.
The best thing to do would be to build the kitchen up first, lay the flooring and then attach the plinths at the bottom of the units last, to hide any imperfections from the cutting of the flooring. You will still get a seamless finish and the flooring will be clean & damage free. You’ll also save yourself some money, as you’ll need to spend about 1/3 less on floor coverings, as a lot of the kitchen floor will never be seen again and be hidden under base units.
Just make sure that you know exactly how your kitchen will look and that you’ll be happy with it for years to come. If you decide to take some cupboards out at any point to put in the likes of an American fridge then you’ll have to get some more flooring and line them all up (not easy to do if it is laminate flooring!) Also bear in mind that floor tiles can discolour over time, so your new tiles laid side by side, could look a bit odd.
Now you’ve thought about the flooring, it’s now time to think about your new kitchen!
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