How To Put Laminate Wood Flooring Down In A Day!
Are you sick and tired of your carpet looking like crapola? I knew I wanted to replace some carpet, but I needed to know how to put laminate flooring down. Turns out, changing the flooring was good for my health.
When I moved into a new house last year, the carpet that was on the floor looked like milky coffee or tan. All through the house.
Needless to say, I wasn’t a fan. Especially, when the reason I fell in love with the house was the large windows and huge amounts of natural light, the dark carpet made everything look smaller.
I feel like crappy carpet follows me around. Check out my previous craft room ‘before photos’. The carpet in the last house was horrendous, it’s a dark red colour, and the bedroom carpet was a rust colour.
We had to reattach the carpet to the stairs about forty times, and the landlord would not replace it. It was pretty threadbare by the time we were moving out. We used staples, nails and adhesive. It was a freaking nightmare.
So, I spent days researching the best type of click wooden floors and I wanted them to be less grey than the flooring from my last craft room.
For my new craft room, I wanted the room to look bright and spacious. Living in a country where the light is grey 80% of the time (Northern Ireland), I like having white walls, white furniture and white floors to reflect the light as much as possible.
Of course, that’s not advisable if you live somewhere that has sunlight most of year. Otherwise, you might go blind.
The research period seemed to take forever.
But I knew that it was possible to completely transform a room in one weekend! Allowing time for floor boards to become acclimatised.
And it’s a relatively straight-forward task. Especially, if you have someone else doing it for you. Luckily, this gal had Papa D and Mr.HeartHandmade to do the heavy lifting and laying. And lucky for you, they decided to impart their knowledge so you can have a fabulous craft room floor that makes the room look bright and beautiful.
Everything you will need:
- Click Laminate Floor Boards
- Durable Reusable adhesive & wood glue (like this) for securing covers on holes around radiator pipes. Also known as Pipe Collars.
- Pipe Collars, (like these) some clip in and don’t require glue.
- Expansion spacers/Fitting floor wedges (like these), to create a gap around the room
- Threshold bar designed to join laminate floor boards (like this one on eBay)
- Trim, (like this) to go around your flooring and keep it all neat
- Adhesive to secure the trim (see here) and panel pins (from here)
Tools you will need:
- Steel Set square (like this)
- A Clamp (like this one) – to secure your floorboards.
- Workbench (see here) – to keep the floor boards you’re cutting secure.
- A Panel saw (like this one) – for small projects, cutting a few boards and cutting boards to fit around door frames.
- Jigsaw (like this one) – You can get a unique blade (like this one) for laminate flooring if you have to cut out bits of a board for radiator pipes.
- Mitre saw (buy here) – if you have a lot of cutting to do.
- An electric drill (you can buy
- 32mm flat wood drill bit (as found in like this) if you need to cut space for radiator pipes.
- Wood chisel (like this one) so you can fit boards around door frames.
- Wooden mallet to whack the chisel (see here)
- Plane; (like this one) in case you have to shorten the length of your interior doors.
- Hacksaw (like this one) to cut the threshold bar, so it fits in the door frame.
- Screwdriver (you can find here); to secure the threshold bar.
- A Pein Hammer – (like this one) so you can secure the panel pins to the floor trim.
- Safety goggles, you can buy here (getting a splinter in your eyeball is something that doesn’t even bare thinking about *shudders*)
- Ear defenders (like these); power tools are incredibly loud.
- Knee pads (you can find here)
- Dust mask (like these, try not to invest in the cheap paper ones. I always use ones with a little respirator vent so I don’t steam up my goggles! Which I do wear over my regular glasses, tres chic)
Papa D plays a little fast and loose with his personal safety but seriously, get it and wear it. You won’t get a medal for ignoring it and seriously, who wants to sit around A&E for 5 hours before they get stitches? The links to the safety gear mentioned above direct to Engelbert Strauss, who specialise in tools and safety wear. Take the precautions and don’t injure yourself!
Before you begin laying a floor, you will need to leave your floor boards in the room where they will be laid for a couple of days. It allows your floor boards to become acclimatised to the room before laying.
If you are going to lay the floor over carpet, then you can skip this step.
You will want to lay the floor underlay.
Roll the foam across the floor, and use duck tape to tape pieces together. Use a sharp Stanley knife (you can find here) to cut the foam precisely, so that it fits between the wall and floor.
You will want to begin laying the floorboards against the straightest wall first. Or maybe even at the door.
Ensure the grooved side of the floorboard is against the wall and the longer side is facing outwards. This is how the click flooring stays secure.
Place some spacers in between the wall and the floorboards you just laid.
When you get to the end of a row, you may need something called a pry bar (like this one) and a mallet to knock the boards tightly together at the shortest end of the floorboard.
Check the boards are square across the whole room.
Hold the next board at a 45-degree angle until it touches the first board, then lower it down until you hear a click. Press down hard and continue laying your row.
As you get to the end of a row, you may need to make some cuts to ensure the row can be finished properly.
That’s when you will utilise your jigsaw.
As you repeat steps two and three, you will need to use the knocking block and mallet to ensure the boards and tight together.
Continue across the floor
When you get to a doorway, you will need to do a little more cutting. The boards need to extend to the threshold of the doorway. Keep laying boards until you get close to the last wall and your floorboard is too wide to fit.
You will need to make a little guide for yourself using another piece of wood, the same width as your floor board. Put one end of this piece against the final wall, and mark with a pencil.
This is your cutting guide and gives a good indication of what width your final boards need to be.
Use a jigsaw to cut your floorboard to the correct width, and click in as mentioned in previous steps. Use the pry bar to keep it all tight.
Now you can add the new threshold bar to connect the new flooring with the flooring on the other side of the door.
You should now be able to add your trim the whole way around the room. You can use pins or glue to attach.
If you need to attach floorboards around radiator pipes, measure how far from the wall they are and cut an appropriately sized wedge out of the flooring. You can add in your jigsaw style piece after laying and finish with pipe collars.
Now my room reflects light when the sun is shining, and it looks incredible. The reason it’s good for my health, is that it’s so bright and inspiring. Feeling uplifted, motivates me to craft, to work and to do what I love. And it’s all because of sunlight, and now it can be reflected all throughout my creative space.
Now you can do it too. It could be good for your health 😉
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