How to Change Directions When Laying Laminate Wood Flooring

Updated February 21, 2017

Laminate wood flooring is an inexpensive alternative to hardwood flooring. It's easier to install laminate flooring compared to hardwood flooring, but you are limited on the intricate designs you can create with laminate compared to those you can create with hardwood. To create an interesting design element and change directions, laminate flooring will work. There are some variations in the laminate flooring installation process to change directions when laying the laminate floor.

Vacuum your flooring to remove any debris, and place a layer of foam padding on the floor where you will install laminate flooring. Use scissors to cut the foam padding so it's the appropriate size, and seal any seams with duct tape.

Install laminate planks by placing the first plank against the wall in a corner. Set it down so the tongue side is up against the wall, and insert the tongue of the second laminate flooring plank into the groove on the first plank. Snap the second plank down to the floor to secure it in place. Continue this process until you cover the area where you want your first direction of laminate flooring to run.

Cut to size the planks that will sit flush up against the laminate flooring that runs the other direction. Make sure these cuts are even so there's a seamless line between floor directions. Clean up any sawdust to make sure there's a clean edge.

Place laminate flooring up against your cut edge so the grooved-edge meets up with the laminate flooring that runs the opposite direction. The transition from one direction to another requires a straight edge, and the grooved edge of your laminate flooring is ideal to provide that for you. If you use the tongue-edge, the tongue sticks out too far from the plank to create a gap between the two directions of laminate flooring.

Use a transition piece between the two directions of laminate flooring if you don't have a straight line or an even seam. T-moulding is ideal to hide an unattractive seam. Nail it into place between each flooring direction, and it will conceal the uneven cuts. If you change directions in the middle of the room, know that T-moulding does stick up from the floor a bit, so it could potentially be a tripping hazard.

Finish installing laminate wood flooring planks using the same installation technique as before.

Nail wood trim around the edge of the room to hide any uneven cuts or seams that may be present near the baseboard.


Lay out the pattern of your laminate wood flooring as much as possible before you begin installation. Determining where you will change directions will help you to make decisions during the laminate wood flooring installation process. To avoid cuts in the middle of the room, cut laminate flooring planks installed up against the wall to size instead of laying full planks and then realising you need to cut planks when it's time to change directions.

Things You'll Need

  • Floating floor planks
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Foam padding
  • Jigsaw
  • T-moulding
  • Wood trim
  • Hammer
  • Finishing nails
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