Flooring Question

Should bamboo flooring be laid before or after kitchen units?

Thank you so much Steve!


I have a 6m2 kitchen, currently empty, no skirting boards. Should I ask the fitter (whom I am yet to find!) to install bamboo flooring before or after kitchen units have been installed?

Also, all kitchen walls have been damp treated and I'd like to treat the floor before the floor is laid. The damp company recommended I buy a membrane myself, but I don't have a clue where to begin! The (cement) sub floor is slightly uneven and I think I'll also need to buy a product to even it out?

Finally, would you recommend floating or gluing on a cement sub floor? And would I need underlay? (Bamboo is also going in hallway and living room, which are wooden floorboards, and it'd be useful to know if fitter should use same method as for kitchen?)

Just in case it's relevant, the bamboo is carbonised solid strand woven.

Thanks in advance!

PS. I'm hoping the fitter, when I find one, will be able to advise further. However, I wanted to get a bit more clued up before I started searching for one!

1 Answer

Best Answer


I would recommend fitting the units first, this way should you need to remove the flooring for any reason, i.e. water leaks, you can do so without the flooring being 'trapped' beneath the units.

In terms of fitting bamboo can be floated, i.e not glued or nailed down, therefore you can use either a plastic sheet (moisture barrier) and then an underlay or use an underlay with a built in moisture barrier.

Re the floor level issue, I would get the fitter to check this when visiting your property to provide a quote, you may need to apply some levelling compound. DO THIS BEFORE THE KITCHEN GOES IN.

Hope this helps, if I can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.

Many Thanks

Answered 29th Sep 2011

SD Flooring

Member since 3 Aug 2011

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