Toe kicks, also called toe spaces, are the small space at the bottom of your kitchen cabinets that allows you to comfortably rest your foot while standing. They’re often made from hardwood and are 1/2″ taller than they are deep, which gives them strength and stability without making them too tall to kick comfortably.
There’s no reason you can’t add this feature to your DIY cabinets. All it takes is a few easy-to-find parts and know-how.
Add a 4″ x 2″ piece of hardwood to the bottom of your cabinet with pocket holes in the back so that the toe kick is flush on the front.
You will need to use a piece of hardwood that is 4″ x 2″. Make sure that you place pocket holes in the back so that your toe kick is flush on the front.
Attach this piece using screws and make sure to stain or paint it before attaching it, as well as sanding everything down before painting or staining. The points this section should cover are:
- Usually 1/2″ tall, but can be made from any material such as MDF or plywood. (Make sure it’s sturdy enough)
- Attaches to bottom of cabinet with pocket holes drilled into backside of toe kick prior to attachment
Attach the toe kick to the bottom of the cabinet with screws.
Once you’ve cut the toe kick to size, attach it to the bottom of your cabinet using wood screws. You should be able to find them at any hardware store. If you’re using a pre-made toe kick, then there might be holes in it already where you can just screw it down. If not, use a drill and screwdriver to make holes so that they line up with each other on both sides of your cabinet (the top and bottom). The screws should go through these holes so that they’re flush with the front of your cabinets when installed.
When attaching pocket holes or pocket screws (if yours don’t come pre-drilled), think about how much pressure will be applied before deciding which method works best for you: do you have small fingers? Big fingers? Do you prefer PVC pipes over T-shaped dowels? These are all factors when choosing which attachment method suits your needs best.
Stain or paint the hardwood before attaching it to the cabinet. Be sure to sand and stain or paint all parts of your cabinet before installation.
You’ll want to stain or paint the hardwood before attaching it to the cabinet. Be sure to sand and stain or paint all parts of your cabinet before installation. If you do not take this step, the toe kick may warp in a way that makes it difficult for you to secure properly later on in the process.
Toe kicks are usually 1/2″ taller than they are deep, which gives them strength and stability without making them too tall for comfort when kicking them around (pun intended).
Toe kicks are usually 1/2″ taller than they are deep, which gives them strength and stability without making them too tall to kick comfortably.
Toe kicks are usually 1/2″ taller than they are deep, which gives them strength and stability without making them too tall to kick comfortably. If you’re building a toe kick out of hardwood, you’ll want to get your hands on some materials that will make for a durable, long-lasting solution. Hardwood is easy to work with and costs less than other materials like vinyl or linoleum. Here’s how you can build a toe kick made from hardwood:
- Measure the cabinet height and depth. Add 1/2″ to each measurement and cut three pieces of 1×6 lumber (5’6″, 2’4″, 2’4″). Adjust these measurements if necessary so the ends meet up perfectly when set side by side vertically against the wall (“toe kicks”) or horizontally against each other (“heel kicks”).
Toe kicks can be made from any material, but hardwood makes for a durable, long-lasting toe kick that looks great and takes abuse well.
You can use any type of wood for your toe kick, but if you want to make sure it stands up to wear and tear, hardwood is the way to go. Hardwood is durable, easy to work with and looks great in any room.
With a few simple pieces of hardware, you can make a strong, durable toe kick that will last for years.
You can build a toe kick using pocket holes, hardwood and screws.
- Hardwood (any species)
- Pocket hole jig and screws (you can use any size you want)
- Drill bit for drilling pocket holes (1/4″ works well)
- Stain or paint to match your cabinet color
This is a great project for someone who’s just starting out in the world of carpentry, but it’s also one that even an experienced carpenter can do quickly and easily. It’s not necessary to buy expensive materials or equipment; all you need is some basic tools and some time on your hands. With this list of instructions, you’ll have everything you need to make a toe kick that will last for years to come.