Cabinetry in any area of your home can add extra storage space where there was none before. Even better than that, cabinetry that is built into the floors and walls adds permanence to this cabinetry and creates unique features that make your home exciting to buyers. If you are currently installing wood flooring, consider installing built-in cabinetry in the same rooms where you are installing wood floors. Here is how this all fits together to create the perfect room.
Built into the Floor
There are two ways to build cabinetry into the floor. You can either leave openings in the wood flooring, creating spaces for the cabinetry to be secured, or you can create post holes for the corner posts of the cabinetry. Both have their benefits.
The openings in the floor option leave literal openings in the wood floor. As your contractor installs wood flooring, he or she has to cut out floor space that is equal to the size of the cabinets that will be installed later. The bottom floors of these cabinets are screwed into the subfloor, making it impossible for the cabinets to be moved. The back walls of these cabinets may also be screwed into the stud boards in the walls for a more flush appearance.
The corner post hole option just leaves holes in the floor for the cabinet posts that support the cabinets. This is an effective approach if your new cabinetry does not go all the way to the floor. The only parts of the cabinets that meet the floor are the "legs" of the cabinets, which fit directly into the post holes in the floor.
Built onto Wood Panels over the Top Surface of the Floor
In this type of installation, your wood flooring goes all the way across the floor. There are no holes made for the cabinets to fit into. Instead, there are panels secured to the top surface of the wood flooring all the way along the walls where you are installing new cabinets. This allows the carpenter to level the bottoms of the cabinets on the paneling before cabinets are installed. It creates a very balanced surface onto which the cabinets will be secured.
This method is especially useful if there is a lot of tilt or awkward fittings of wood boards on your floor. Since the cabinets need to fit snugly to the wall, the carpenter is able to use this method to make the floor more level under the cabinets. Ask your carpenter/cabinet maker or wood flooring expert which method works for your floors.