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Can I Install Cabinets With an Uneven Floor or Ceiling?

Can I Install Cabinets With an Uneven Floor or Ceiling?

If you live in an older home, you may have noticed that the walls and floors are not perfectly level and worry that installing new kitchen cabinets isn't possible. While it may pose some challenges to the installer, with proper care and attention, they can install new cabinets even if your floor is uneven. Keep these tips in mind when having new cabinets installed in a home with uneven floors or walls.

Assessing the Walls and Floors

Uneven walls and floors are common in older homes that have settled over the years, but you may be surprised to discover the wall, floor or ceiling in a newer home can be slightly off-skew, too. Before you begin any cabinetry work, you will need to know if all areas of the kitchen are level or if there are some imperfections that will need to be adjusted for. The installer will measure the floor (and walls) from corner to corner and compare the measurements to find out if the area is perfectly square. They will also use a laser level to mark the current level of the cabinets and measure the height of each end from the floor. These measurements will give the installer the information they need to adjust the new cabinets to the floor and walls so that they hang properly and are level.

While cabinets installed flush against an uneven wall may look straight and level, they are not. Doors and drawers will not close properly and working in the kitchen will become a challenge.

Adjusting for Imperfections 

Many kitchen cabinets are made with scribe lips to make it easy to adjust to uneven floors or walls. The scribe lip is a lip of wood that extends beyond the edge of the cabinet on the side where the cabinet meets the wall or along the bottom where the cabinet meets the floor. The installer may use shims or wedges to adjust and level the cabinet, or they may trim the scribe lip to make a snug fit. If the cabinets do not come with a scribe, molding can be used to hide any gaps between the cabinets and the wall.

If you are a DIYer and are tackling installing cabinets on your own, you may be tempted to simply install the cabinets flush against an uneven wall. While cabinets installed flush against an uneven wall may look straight and level, they are not. Doors and drawers will not close properly and working in the kitchen will become a challenge. Although the uneven walls may be more noticeable when you adjust for their imperfections, it is vital that the cabinets are straight and level.

If you are ready to install new cabinets in your kitchen, but are afraid your uneven floors or walls might cause a problem, contact us today at Kitchen Tune-Up. Our professionals have the skill and expertise to tackle the problem and give you a kitchen you can be proud of.

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