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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:01 pm 
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Hi I am looking at laying laminate in my kitchen (kitchen proof laminate) The units are in place alredy. Ideally I would like to lay it under the units, I have managed to get the front kick boards off, now this is a stupid question so bear with me. The units at the side, do these have kick boards that can be removed or is this all part of the unit? If part of the unit, would I be able to cut this like you would a door frame and slide it underneath? Thanks in advance.


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Can you not use a torch and have a look from the kickboards you have removed?

If it helps our kitchen units side kickboards are the same as the front, they just clip on

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DCOL89 wrote:
I have managed to get the front kick boards off, now this is a stupid question so bear with me. The units at the side, do these have kick boards that can be removed or is this all part of the unit? If part of the unit, would I be able to cut this like you would a door frame and slide it underneath?

TBH it's not a job I'd ever want to quote on (I'm a joiner) simply because it is far too finicky and far too likely to go wrong. The normal approach is simply to pull the plinth off and run the laminate in as far as the sides of the front feet whilst also trimming neatly around the end decor panels. The plinths are then trimmed in height to get them to fit - and don't forget to silicone seal any cut edges. It's a bit awkward without photos, but I'll try my best to describe the sorts of things yo may encounter.....

The plinth at the front is often just clipped in place. It is not structural at all. As stated above it will need to be trimmed and reasealed (siicone) when re-installed

The "plinths" at the ends of cabinets can be either plinths (about 150mm high), in which case they will probably be either clipped in place or possibly bracketed and screwed to the underside of the cabinet, or they might instead be decor panels running from the floor to the underside of the worktop/cornice depending on the cabinet type. Generally these are held in place by being screwed through the end panels of the cabinets. The screws holding them are often hidden beneath cruciform plates (hinges), shelves and down shelf pin holes, etc. as well as there possibly being brackets and screws to fix them to the wall and the floor. Decor panels are probably best left in place and cut round as they can be a royal PIA to remove and you'd also have to scribe them to the floor again before refitting as well as reseal them to the floor with silicone at the end of the job. This is because most of them are only MDF and will wick-up water off the floor like blotting paper if not sealed.

The other issue is that most units have 4 or more adjustable feet (there can be up to 8 or 10 on L-shaped corner units. You can wind these up individually, but obviously you can probably only get away with winding up a couple at a time on a given cabinet and that probably won't give you sufficient space to get the laminate in beneath and click them properly. You also have to be careful to wind them down correctly when the laminate is in place.

The foregoing is probably why you only ever come across fully laminated kitchens where the flooring has been installed prior to the kitchen being fitted

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The trade way for some used to be either add a false panel to the end of the unit that allows the laminate to go underneath. (But can look strange as extra wide wall that over hangs the width of door)
Or take the side wall off the unit where possible. Depends if side wall is cosmetic or a supporting wall. If supporting do not trim it.

Not as nice but could use a small beading to cover it on the end which is more common, but match colour of the unit, not the floor.


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You are better off looking at vinyl sheet in a kitchen, or if you want to go up market Amtico or Karndean flooring. Laminates are best avoided in wet zones in my opinion.

How is the sink going?

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Thanks dewaltdisney, tapis now installed, was a nightmare getting the bolt off! Once off it was fine :)


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Well done, we have all been there :thumbright:

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laminate is a pig in a kitchen or bathroom you have to get it right and glue and clean off the excess on every joint what is messy, Time wise 2-3 times longer to install than a normal floor

once its down its down for life

I will never do another laminate floor in a kitchen or bathroom again, a good quality vinyl (lino) or Flotex type product is the way to go imho


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Would you consider tiling?
I've never seen laminate in a kitchen that last despite the manufactures claims


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DIY_Johnny wrote:
Would you consider tiling?
I've never seen laminate in a kitchen that last despite the manufactures claims


I disagree, laid mine in the kitchen 2010 and apart from one small chip (dropped a knife pointy side down) and some minor scratching where I had to pull the cooker out to replace the fan it looks fine.

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What brand did you buy wino?

I find the problem is that people mop them, use accessible water, or washing machine floods, water gets into a joint and it's curtains after that


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B and Q own brand IIRC and I don't do leaks :mrgreen: or mops. any water spills are cleared up immediately.

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What brand did you buy wino?

I find the problem is that people mop them, use accessible water, or washing machine floods, water gets into a joint and it's curtains after that


not a issue if you glue the joints, its all in the wording - Water proof or splash proof

I did our bathroom 10+ years ago and that's held up very well (fully glued and skirting's fitted afterwards) - that was from b&q, german brand iirc


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just to add laminate is no good if you have dogs.

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wine~o wrote:
just to add laminate is no good if you have dogs.


It is if you like Tom and Jerry cartoons. :-)

My old dog used to do a good Tom impression on our Amtico tiled floor.

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