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Leveling Closet Systems12/24
We're a cabinet shop, but have been doing more and more closets, in which we typically do floor mounted units.
My question is, how important is it to put the units in level, vs. just setting them on the floor without shimming?
I'm used to putting cabinets in level, but am wondering if it's all that critical with the closet units, particularly where's there's typically no scribe/molding to cover any gaps between the bottom of the units and the floor.
We were installing a walk in closet the other day, with four 5 foot runs of units. Each area was out of level about 1/4" over the span . I was shimming to get everything level, but was starting to think there was really no need.
Also realizing that floors that are way out are a different story.
When the cabinets don't align plumb to each other it would look off.
Why not just go to a hung system?
There are typically no backs on these, so they can be 'racked' to be plumb, while not necessarily being level.
Not a fan of the hanging system, particularly with floor mount units.
Everything has to be level or it doesn't look good. I hate it when I see a closet system that somebody paid a proffessional to install and they don't take the time to do it properly. We hang all systems wall mount or floor mount, because floors are always uneven. It also reduces amount of time to install.
put it in square and level, trim it out with fillers and such if you must, but do it right, or it will always have that "odd look" something you don't need for your reputation
Thanks guys, those are the answers I needed to hear.
I agree with using a hanging system whenever possible. They look better, install easier, and make it easier on the flooring crew should the homeowner ever decide to redo the flooring in the closet. When the customer requests a system to go all the way to the floor I use plastic shims that are 3/4" wide so they can go under the sides and are easily hidden. No cutting wood shims and hiding them.