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Should I install floors before cabinets?

Whether to install floors before cabinets or vice versa depends on the specific project, the design, and the preferences of the homeowner or designer. Here are the pros and cons of each option:


Installing floors before cabinets: This approach can provide a cleaner installation and can make it easier to work on the floors. Additionally, it allows you to avoid having to work around the cabinets and to make sure that the new flooring and the new cabinet installation match.


Installing cabinets before floors: This approach can make it easier to install the cabinets and it may be more practical in situations where the cabinets need to be installed first in order to be able to use the kitchen. Additionally, if you're installing tile or stone flooring, it can be more difficult to work around the cabinets after the floors have been installed.


You should also consider factors such as the weight and the height of the cabinets and the flooring, the levelness of the surface, and the order of the delivery of the materials. If the cabinets are delivered first, it may make sense to install them first, if the flooring is delivered first it may make more sense to install it first.


It's important to consult with the contractor and the designer before making a decision as they will be able to advise on what is the most suitable approach for your project, and will also be able to work around any constraints such as budget, timeline, and design.

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