Flooring vs. Cabinets: Which Is Installed First?

What comes first flooring or cabinets?

We often hear this question when planning a kitchen or bathroom remodel project. Logic would say to install your flooring first and work from the ground up and install the cabinets last. But, in most cases, it is best to install your new cabinets first.

To be honest, it can be done either way. We are going to look at the pros and cons of doing each and let you decide. However, when in doubt, we suggest the cabinets to be installed first.

Pros: Installing Flooring Before Your Cabinets

It is easier to install all of your flooring so you don’t have to cut around cabinets or finish the flooring up to the cabinets. This will allow the flooring install to move much faster. In addition, some people prefer that their flooring run directly under the cabinets.

Many times, cabinets are custom made to the specifications of the kitchen project. Installing the flooring is a great use of time while waiting for your cabinets to be constructed. This is an efficient use of time, especially when project are time sensitive.

If you run into any problem with the floor during your install, it is much easier to fix flooring issues without the worry of damaging kitchen cabinets. Wood flooring is locked together, and tile floor is adhered by mortar, it becomes difficult to replace planks without potentially damaging cabinetry if it is already in place.

Pros: Installing Your Cabinets Before Your  Flooring

The pros for installing flooring first are cosmetic and truly a personal preference. When we examine the cabinets going in first, the reasons can be more strategic to the success of the remodel.

If you install your cabinets prior to the flooring, you will use slightly less flooring materials. This can reduce the cost of the flooring project. Homeowners who have lived in the same location for quite some time, may want to change their flooring before they change out their cabinets. If the cabinets are installed before the flooring, this allows for easy replacement of flooring without removing cabinetry.

So Which Comes First The Flooring or The Cabinets

The choice is up to you. The right order of things is to put the cabinets in first. That’s how it’s done when a new home is built and for good reasons.