How to Attach Kitchen Cabinet Islands to the Floor
Kitchen cabinet islands are popular because they provide ample storage space and an additional work area. Provided that you have enough space in your kitchen, it can be an attractive addition. Most kitchen cabinet islands are not large, but can still be heavy. Many people prefer to have them attached to the floor rather than remaining freestanding. Here are the basic steps involved in attaching kitchen cabinet islands successfully.
Step 1: Measuring and Marking
Measure the space you have available, making sure to allow room for a passage around the perimeter. Mark the area that will be taken up by the islands with a marking pencil. Then, set wooden cleats on the markings.
Step 2: Drilling
Using a wood drill bit, pre-drill the holes where the screws will be inserted at intervals. You will need to have one every few inches for ideal fastening. Then, fasten the wooden cleats by means of screws set at every hole you had drilled.
Step 3: Apply Construction Adhesive
Once you have drilled all the required holes, apply construction adhesive along the perimeter of the cleats. Use a high quality construction adhesive. It is best to use of a caulking gun to facilitate the work and ensure a steady flow of adhesive. Apply it liberally and wipe away any excess that might be oozing in unneccessary parts and on the sides.
Step 4: Secure the Kitchen Cabinet Island
With the help of an assistant, lift the kitchen cabinet island and lower it gently onto the designated area, over the wooden cleats. Try to lower it at just the right place to avoid having to move it or tilt it afterwards, since the construction adhesive coating will be ruined in the process and you might not achieve a neat result. Allow the construction glue enough time to set and then check that the island has been fastened well by trying to push it slowly. If it feels unsteady verify where it has not been fastened well, and apply more construction adhesive there.
Step 5: Attach the Edging
You may opt to attach an edging or a toe kick layering along the base perimeter. In such a case, attach a strip of adhesive around the island and fix it neatly in place. You may wish to fasten with some small finish nails at regular intervals so as to ensure a neater and more linear result, rather than having parts of it protruding outwards.