Installing separate toe kick pedestals under tall kitchen cabinets
Among the replacement kitchen cabinets we ordered from Thomasville are two tall (92") storage units. They're 12" deep and 36" wide, to be used as shallow pantries. The cabinets ship with separate pedestal platforms to fit under them and create the toe kick at the bottom. My guess is that if the cabinets came fully assembled with the toe kicks attached it would be impossible to stand them upright in a room with 8-ft. ceilings.
My uncertainty lies in the fact that the 5.25"-deep pedestals measure 8" X 31.5" when laid on the floor. I presume the intention is that I should mount them inside the box walls but pushed all the way to the back and all the way to one side to give me about 4.5" of toe kick across the front and on one side. I guess the cabinet floor is to carry the weight of the structure (with the help of wall screws, of course).
Now HERE's my question: If I want the toe kick to appear ONLY on the front and not on either side, should I center the pedestal, block the corners and finish it off with a toe kick skin across the full recessed width and flush sides?
And while I'm at it, should I support the two sidewalls with plywood extensions that rest on the floor?
It seems logical, but I've never dealt with this two piece design, and I want to get it right.
Thanks for any guidance. -llb