Fitting New Kitchen Cabinets in Old Tile Floor Areas
Is it possible to fit new store bought cabinets into existing tile floor areas? Yes! We do this sort of thing when remodeling kitchens all the time. The thing is, you cannot change the layout of things too much. It also takes a little creativity on the installers part to make everything fit nicely.
Some areas he will need to cut the boxes to fit on top of the tile and in other areas they can drop behind and extend to the original floor underneath. As an alternative, it is possible to install the boxes on-top of the old flooring. In either case, taking precise field measurements will be the most important part of the project.
When we get cabinets from Home Depot, as replacements for custom made kitchens, there are a few things that we do prior to ordering the boxes.
What’s the depth of the toe base area?
This is one of the most critical things that you are going to have to make work. The new cupboards are going to need to slip right inside of where the old cabinets used to be. To ensure that you hit the mark with the new boxes, you will have to get on your knees and measure the width (from left to right) of the toe bases. Don’t just measure the size of the cabinets up high because sometimes toe kicks are a different width.
Compare cabinet heights around the pass through windows.
If you are remodeling a kitchen area where there is a pass-through countertop, it will be a good idea to ensure that the cupboards are the same height as the existing ones. If you are ordering a new kitchen countertop, you will need to take into consideration the thickness of the top to make sure that everything will work fine around the pass-through. This is very important if you have a sliding glass window in this area.
Do you need to be concerned with the depth?
The depth of the base cabinet toes can usually be worked with. If the new cabinets you get from Home Depot or a different home center are a little deeper at the base, you can notch them back a little with a jig saw. This is only possible if the cabinets are made with the toe kick plate sent loose. If it is already attached to the cupboards, you should select a different style to work with if they will not fit in the space properly.
What about tall pantry style cupboards?
This is where things can get a little tricky. If you have an open area above the cabinets you will have no problem installing the tall cabinet. If you are installing the new pantry to fit between the tile floor and a soffit, you may have to cut off the base of the cabinet in order to get it into position. Once you have it positioned correctly, use shims to raise it up to the proper height. The top scribe or cabinet starter strip should be installed after the pantry is fastened to the wall. You are going to have to use your brain to work out the details on this cabinet install.
When trying to fit new cabinets into the existing tile floor spaces, an expert level of skill both in measuring and installing is required. Like I said, we do this sort of thing all of the time, but we are professional cabinet installers and designers. We know what to look for and how to make things work out. In situations where you are fitting new things into old ares, it’s best to hire professionals to get things done right.