Tiling your kitchen floor can sometimes cause a little confusion. You might be asking:
- Do I tile before the kitchen is fitted?
- Do I tile underneath the kitchen units?
- How about underneath floor standing appliances?
- What if I am retro tiling my existing kitchen?
- What if I have an island unit, do I tile underneath it?
These are all legitimate questions and in this article, we hope to answer them all to leave you in complete peace of mind.
Firstly, lets take it that you are having a new kitchen fitted. So you have a blank canvas and you are wondering if you should have the kitchen floor tiled before or after the kitchen is fitted. What I usually recommend is that you have the floor tiled after the kitchen is fitted. That way you can tile up to the kitchen units and not waste tiles underneath the kitchen where they won't be seen anyway. Just remember to tell the kitchen fitters to leave the kickboards off so that the tiler can tile up the the kitchen unit legs. The kickboard can then be fitted to sit on top of the tiles and will cover the end of the tiles where they stop.
Now you may be having an island unit in your kitchen design. If so, the floor will have to be tiled before the island is sat into place. Never tile around an island unit!
Another important factor to keep in mind is that if you have kitchen appliances sitting at floor level, like a dishwasher, freestanding cooker or a fridge/freezer, you must always tile underneath these. The reason for this is that if you need to pull the appliances out to service or replace them, they will slide out easily on the tiles. If you tile up to them, the appliance will hit the lip of the tile and you will never get it out. So tile up to the kitchen cabinet legs but tile under the kitchen appliances.
Now lets say that you are happy with your current kitchen and you just want to freshen it up with new floor tiles. In this case, you will need to remove the kickboard from the kitchen and tile up to the kitchen unit legs as normal. The kickboards might then need to be trimmed down in height to fit back in, depending on the floor that was there in the first place. If it was lino, the tiles will be higher so the kickboard will need trimming. You will also need to pull out any floor standing appliances and tile underneath these. Just be careful with the height here again to make sure the appliances will fit underneath the worktop again but they should be fine.
So that is a few questions answered on tiling your kitchen floor. Just follow the guidelines above and you will have no problems. The important part is the planning. Plan it out before you start and everything will run smoothly.