DIY-ing Your New Kitchen Kickboards

13 June 2019
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The task of renovating a kitchen can seem daunting, especially if you go down the DIY route. From new appliances, tiling, and cabinets, there’s a lot of things that can be changed to update the look and feel of your cooking area. Often, one of the few things that have a tendency to be forgotten about are your kitchen cabinet kickboards, which separate your cabinet from the floor and conceal the base, for a clean and fuss-free look. Because they’re so close to the ground, they can get scratched up from general kitchen use, and distract from the aesthetics of your kitchen. But how do you get new kickboards? Depending on your DIY skills and your tools available at home, you could possible make up kickboards from scratch.

Start by measuring the space that your kickboards need to cover, from the height of the floor to the bottom of your cabinet, and then the width that it needs to be to run along the bottom perfectly. Keep these measurements handy, and use them to mark up your chosen type of laminate- we recommend stainless steel laminate kickboards if you’re going for a modern look - so that you will know where to cut.

Next, place your laminates face down on your sawhorse and cut to size with a circular saw, making sure that you have placed thick cardboard underneath the front part of the laminate when you clamp it down to prevent scratching its design. Don’t forget your safety gear! If you are able to, get someone to help keep the laminate stable as you cut, to minimise the risk of crooked lines and a snapped laminate.

After this, check if your kickboards fit underneath your cabinets. Measure out where to put your drill holes in order to secure your kickboards. To do this, you need to find the distance from the cabinet to the kickboard. Then, halving the thickness of the laminate, add this to your measurement to find the drilling distance.

Lastly, using the line you’ve marked, drill pilot holes in your kickboard for your screws. It’s standard that for each cabinet, you should have two holes, screwing your kickboard into place just below the surface.

Keep in mind: a lot of time and effort that goes into measuring, cutting, and placing kickboards yourself. As with all home improvement projects, things can go wrong. Whether you accidentally snap the laminate, cut using the wrong measurements, or drill in your new kickboards unevenly, there’s a lot of variables that can lead to a waste of resources and time. If you’re not a DIY-er, or just don’t have the time to spend on this project and want something that will look amazing and take little to no time at all to put together, make your life easy and check out our selection of easy to install, pre-cut kickboards, so you can stress less about the doing, and focus more on enjoying your improved cooking space!

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