Lay the floor or fit the kitchen first?


Lay FlooringSome people ask the question, “should I lay the floor or install the kitchen units first then lay the floor around them?” This decision is purely down to personal preference.

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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14 thoughts on “Lay the floor or fit the kitchen first?”
  • LOUISE says:

    What is the colour of the units in the picture at the very top of this page? (With the light herringbone wooden floor.) Thank you

    April 14, 2023 at 8:04 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi Louise, the Colour is Dove Grey.

      April 17, 2023 at 7:24 am
  • Alex Evans says:

    How far back are the legs from the front or back of the cabinet? I’m installing the tiles before the kitchen and want to ensure the tiles go far enough back.

    March 12, 2022 at 1:34 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, our carcase legs are fitted 65mm from the front of the unit, 113mm from the back and 18mm from the sides

      March 14, 2022 at 12:23 pm
  • jerry tosswell says:

    can you supply units of reduced depth?

    March 3, 2018 at 9:39 pm
  • Ron Bolton says:

    Your answer to leg height seems to be opposite to that printed in the Technical Guide we received. On page 24 leg adjustment is quoted,
    “The cabinet legs can be adjusted +10mm higher and -20mm lower”.
    We had the same problem and decided that we had to fit 6mm ply so that we could get enough height adjustment.
    If your answer is correct, it means that we did not have to fit ply.

    December 17, 2017 at 9:28 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, the default height of our legs is 150mm but the legs on our kitchen units will adjust down to 140mm or up to 170mm.

      December 18, 2017 at 8:45 am
      • Ron Bolton says:

        In that case, you need to correct your Technical Guide. Giving the range you stated above is much clearer than giving +- values.

        December 18, 2017 at 1:54 pm
      • Diy Kitchens says:

        Hi, the Technical Guide is being updated and all future printed copies of this will be much clearer. Thank you for the feedback.

        December 21, 2017 at 6:57 am
  • dan baylis says:

    can the unit legs go higher than 150mm? because, if I put the units in, then the floor & finally 150mm plinths, then they wouldn’t fit because of the floor thickness?

    December 15, 2014 at 1:35 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:


      The legs on our kitchen units will adjust from 140mm to 170mm.

      December 15, 2014 at 2:33 pm
  • Mrs Jennifer Bentley says:

    how deep is the microwave wall unit?

    March 20, 2014 at 11:50 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:


      The wall units are all 300mm deep.

      March 21, 2014 at 8:37 am
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