How to Lay Laminate Wood Flooring

Updated April 17, 2017

Giving your home a wood floor look was made more economical with the introduction of laminate wood floors. With only the aid of a few tools, the flooring can be laid by even the most inexperienced do-it-yourself novice. Completing the project alone or with a crew, you can lay laminate wood flooring in a short period of time.

Prepare room. Remove the baseboards and doors prior to starting the floor installation process.

Lay a barrier. A vapour barrier should be rolled out under the laminate floor. This provides insulation in rooms that are prone to higher levels of moisture, such as the kitchen or bathroom. Barriers also help cushion the floor in an effort to muffle sound.

Position spacers. Lay out a few planks of the first row of flooring, with the tongue side to the wall. Between the wall and the boards, place the 1/4-inch spacers.

Snap in place. Match a tongue to a groove and lift the second plank up to a 15-degree angle. Snap down into place.

End first row. If the last plank of the first row needs to be cut to size, turn the plank around, measure and cut the tongue side off. Fit the plank into place.

Ensure that the lines of the planks will be staggered properly, begin every other row with a plank that is cut in half. Use a wedge and hammer to tap stubborn areas into place.

Install final row. To complete the installation process, measure and cut the final planks of the floor. Using a circular saw, you will have to rip the planks to size. Install the row by using a pull bar and hammer to ensure it is snapped in tight.


When laying "snap-together" laminate flooring, work wall to wall.


Never attempt to buff, sand or refinish laminate flooring.

Things You'll Need

  • Laminate flooring
  • Vapour seal barrier
  • Wedge
  • Pull bar
  • Hammer
  • 1/4-inch spacers
  • Circular saw
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