How to install Ikea laminate flooring

Updated February 21, 2017

Ikea laminate flooring comes in a variety of colours and styles to match every household interior. Installing laminate flooring is a great project for a first-time DIYer because it requires no special tools or expensive equipment. However, it does take some time in order to get the right look. Here are some tips to make sure that your Ikea laminate flooring installation goes as smoothly as possible.

Ensure that the floor surface is level and free of dust and debris. Typical installation will be over an existing subfloor. If there are uneven patches, you can use liquid floor leveller to smooth out any troughs or valleys in the subfloor.

Remove the baseboard moulding.

Pick one side of the room on which to to start. Roll out a sheet of plastic moisture barrier over the subfloor. This will help prevent moisture from rising up out of the foundation and warping the Ikea laminate boards. On top of the moisture barrier, roll out your sheet of foam padding. Trim the edges where they join the walls.

Lay out the first board against the wall lengthwise in the corner. Keep about a 3 mm (1/8 inch) space between the board and the walls You can use tile spacers to keep the board adjusted to the right distance from the walls. You will later be covering the space with new baseboard moulding.

Lay a second board against the wall, touching the bottom of the first board. Look where the two boards meet and you will see the interlocking grooves where they fit together. Prop an extra block of wood against the opposite end of the board and, with a hammer, gently tap the board so that it locks to the first one. The small block of wood will protect the board from damage while you are hammering.

Repeat this process, remembering to use your spacers to keep the boards the right distance from the wall until you reach the opposite wall.

Measure the distance from the last board to the wall. With the table saw, cut a board to the appropriate size. Take the crowbar and gently pry this last board into position.

Take the other half of this board and start another row of laminate next to the first. Since you're matching this row next to the wall, you don't need to worry about the tile spacers. Using the cut board will allow you to stagger the Ikea laminate so that you get a more natural look. Finish off this row the same as the first. Repeat this process until the room is finished.

Install new moulding around the baseboards. This will cover up the gaps against the wall and help keep the boards in place.


You can buy various thicknesses of foam padding. You can also purchase foam padding that comes with a built-in moisture barrier. Use the jigsaw to cut any odd pieces of laminate, such as those that go around pipes or floor outlets.


Buy about 10 to 15 per cent more flooring than you need. In addition to giving you enough material to finish the job, it will allow you to have extra flooring in case you have to do any repairs in the future. In all likelihood, you won't be able to find the exact colour again.

Things You'll Need

  • Ikea laminate flooring
  • Crowbar
  • Plastic moisture protection barrier
  • Foam padding
  • Table saw
  • Hammer
  • Tile spacers
  • Jigsaw
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Nathan McGinty started writing in 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in international journalism from City University, London. He has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, in positions ranging from tech support to marketing.