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Question DetailsAsked on 1/28/2014

1 inch Gap between floor tile and kitchen cabinets.what can be done?

Had kitchen cabinets installed sometime back and there a gap between floor tile and cabinet base. We let it go as we had been planning to get laminate flooring done and thought we would get new flooring extended to the cabinets. Unfortunately we had to scrap it due to financial constraints and the guy who did the cabinets went out of business and into the wind.
Question is what can I do about the gap ( less than or equal to an inch). The floor around it is tile.

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Three normal ways:

1) tile base installed as a toekick - lower left photo in this link

2) cabinet base trim or molding - can be wood like around hardwood floors, or flexible plastic strip with a turned out bottom edge

3) quarter round or shoe trim just covering gap

With each of these, with tile flooring, you would need a matching color caulk filler underneath to avoid gaps at the grout joints, or local building up of grout under the trim, wiped clean along the trim after installation, for a tight base fit.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


If you can find the old paperwork for the cabinets or look in the sink base on the back of the doors (many cabinet companies put the color and infor there) you may be able to find the info you need to order parts. Most cabinet installs I do we use matching plywood toe kick glued and nailed to the sub toe kick and then finish at the floor edge with 1/4 round if needed. I do not generally caulk that joint at the floor due to the fact if you have a leak in the dishwasher or icemaker you will not see it untill you have major cabinet damage. If the ends or sides of the cabinets are also raised you can get matching wood base from the manufacturer for that. Most cabinet companies will either refer you to a local supplier or send out the parts. You could also take a small drawer to a cabinet dealer for a color and wood match and even if not the same brand you may be able to get the parts needed.


Answered 6 years ago by ContractorDon


The last two answers pretty well address your question but one thing I wanted to mention is I'm glad you did not put the laminate in. Laminate is horrible for wet areas. Most manufacturers directly state that their product can not be installed in Kitchens, Bathrooms, and Laundry Rooms but a few advertise theirs as being safe for Kitchens. They aren't. It isn't a matter of if the floors will get wet, but when. Then you have a ruined floor and have to pay for a new one all over again. I've had customers call me after paying someone else 6 months earlier to install laminate, wanting me to save it after an appliance leak. Most of the time all I can salvage is about a 1/4 of the room which isn't enough to use elsewhere in the house. Finding a match isn't going to happen either. Every production run has slightly different coloring which is just enough to be easily noticed compared to the old floor. Stick with the tile in your Kitchen or install vinyl. Laminate is good in Living Rooms, Halls, and Bedrooms.

Answered 6 years ago by Todd's Home Services


I normally agree with Todd, but there is one brand of laminate that is not recommended for wet applications but I am amazed at how well it stand up to water. I think the disclaimer about water from the manufacturer is just that. I did a floor in a kitchen and bath showroom that was open while I was working so I had to do all my cuts outside. All the larger pieces of scrap were put on a pallet rack open to the weather for possible fill in pieces. They sat there for about two to three years in rain and snow and were being given out as samples and showed no signs of swelling or other damage. I have no clue what is in the core but I have some scraps sitting in the snow outside my garage door now for about two years now and the same thing. The brand name is Faus and I believe it is a German company it has a greenish core unlike the normal masonite look. I have put in others that just from a dog dish splashing has been ruined.

But back to the main question. I believe you said you were doing nothing to the floor and that is why you need to fill in at the base. Yes the stain on a new piece will not match exactly but it will be below eye level and in time it will change too and the toe kick area is in a shadow. It will mainly be a short run for a return to a wall or possibly on the back of an island where you might see it. Even with new mouldings supplied with the cabinet order each piece will not match. I always ask for an extra length on runs more than one piece long so I can choose the best match for a splice.


Answered 6 years ago by ContractorDon

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