In older homes, uneven kitchen flooring is a common dilemma. Even a slight slope in the floor—which is commonly due to foundations or beams that have shifted over time—can cause a noticeable difference in the height of the base cabinets and countertops at the opposite points of the kitchen. However, it is not an absolute must to have a flat, level floor for new countertops to turn out even, especially if the slope is minor.
How to Level New Cabinets With Shims
If you already have installed floorings, such as wood or tile, then leveling the floor may not be the soundest idea. In this case, the fundamental step for getting flat and even countertops is to level the base cabinets. This technique is ideal for homes where old cabinets can be detached and repositioned.
During installation, new cabinets can be carefully leveled using shims, which are thin strips of material meticulously sloped from one end to the other for precise control over spacing. There are times when multiple shims are needed to hold the cabinet up. Once the top of the cabinet is even, the base is then secured to the floor or wall as instructed by the manufacturer.
How to Level Countertops on Sloped Cabinets
If your base cabinets are already secured in place and repositioning them is not an option, simply choose to level the top of the cabinets. This can be achieved by applying shims along the top portion of the cabinet below the countertop. Position the shims to support the lower section of the countertop and lift it so the height is uniform with the elevated side before securing the countertop in place.
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