How to Install Laminate Floor Patterns

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How to Install Laminate Floor Patterns
Installing laminate floor patterns is a snap. (Parquet floor image by Einar Bog from Fotolia.com)

Laminate flooring is a do-it-yourself friendly project that adds a new look to your house. Though it can be installed without extensive remodelling knowledge, there are some essential factors to installation that require careful planning. One of the most important factors revolves around installing laminate floor patterns. Installing laminate floor requires foresight into creating a pattern that avoids having joints of subsequent rows lining up with one another. Fortunately, with a little measuring and some concentration, creating laminate floor patterns will not only make your project structurally sound, it will also create a beautiful finished product.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • Laminate flooring planks
  • Spacers
  • Goggles
  • Gloves
  • Mask
  • Mitre saw
  • Pull bar
  • Tapping block
  • Rubber mallet

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Install the first row, starting on the left side of the room and working toward the right side, ensuring that spacers have been placed to allow for 8-10 centimetres of space. Continue by installing full planks until you have reached the opposite wall.

  2. 2

    Measure and cut the excess from the last plank of the row, again ensuring that 8-10 centimetres is allotted to each side where the flooring is bordered by a wall. The 8-10 centimetres is necessary to allow for potential expansion of the flooring in different types of weather.

  3. 3

    Start the second row using the remaining piece cut from the end of the first row, unless it is shorter than eight inches. If the piece is smaller than eight inches, cut a new plank in half and install, again working from left to right.

  4. 4

    Continue until the end is reached, cut the remaining board and use that piece to start the third row.

  5. 5

    Repeat this laminate flooring pattern, using the remaining board from the row before it, so long as it is longer than eight inches, until the last row is reached. This will complete a laminate floor pattern that appears staggered and is structurally sound.

Tips and warnings

  • Ensure that the laminate planks are staggered at least eight inches, if not more, to avoid overlapping joints.
  • If laminate floor is tile patterned, line up the faux tile grout lines, but do not do so at the same joint as the row before it.
  • Use a tapping block and pull bar to connect the planks in areas that are more difficult to manoeuvre, particularly next to the wall.
  • Staggering planks is essential for correct installation.
  • Wear a protective mask when cutting laminate floor planks, as the dust particles can cause irritation to the respiratory system.

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