How to Cut a Toe Kick on Cabinets

Floor cabinets, such as in the kitchen, have a gap underneath the cabinet doors.
Toe kicks are decorative pieces placed at the bottom of the cabinet.Toe kicks are decorative pieces placed at the bottom of the cabinet.
If not covered, this area becomes a space for dust, mice and other annoyances. A toe kick can cover this space and you usually make it of plywood, cut to size and attached to the cabinet with nails. You can paint the toe kick to match the rest of the cabinet, or use a different color to create contrast.

Step 1

Measure the height between the floor and the bottom of the cabinet.

Step 2

Measure the length of the gap at the bottom of the cabinet.

Step 3

Mark on a piece of 1/4 inch plywood the two measurements of the cabinet gap. Measure twice and cut once.

Step 4

Cut the toe kick to length with a circular saw.

Step 5

Place the toe kick underneath the cabinet. Use a scribe to take off small amounts of wood if the toe kick does not fit properly.

Step 6

Attach the toe kicks with finishing nails.

Step 7

Insert a tube of caulk into a caulk gun and cut off the tip. Apply a thin bead of caulk along the gap between the cabinet and the toe kick to finish the project.

Things You Will Need

  • Measuring tape
  • 1/4-inch plywood
  • Circular saw
  • Scribe
  • Finishing nails
  • Hammer
  • Caulk gun
  • Caulk