The toe-kick area is very important any kitchen, it is located where the cabinet meets the floor and provides space for your feet when standing at the counter. A toekick should be fully enclosed and captured with dado joints, glue and nails with a solid, and integrated into the full-length, back panel and cabinet sides providing additional strength.  After installation, applying a finished toekick panel completes the look.

Cabinets supported by plastic legs are not as strong or stable as full-box cabinets. An additional toekick panel is also necessary to prevent dirt and small items from being trapped under the cabinet.

Open Toekick
Some RTA cabinets have four plastic adjustable feet for support. Some brands may offer stainless steel feet for an upcharge. The open space under the cabinet requires a toekick cover, which snaps on the legs to enclose the area. Cabinets with an open front need a wooden toekick panel added.

Plywood Toekick
A quality kitchen cabinet with a solid, full-length plywood back panel and plywood cabinet sides forms a natural toekick panel. Constructing a cabinet with fully-captured dado joints, hot glue and other top construction methods, creates the strongest base for heavy countertops.