How to Put Laminate Flooring Around an Existing Door Frame

Written by f.r.r. mallory
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Laminate flooring is commonly installed as a replacement flooring in older homes. During the installation it is normal to encounter door trim or other obstacles that require a tight or clean fit to look good. There are basically two ways to achieve a clean fit. The laminate can be carefully cut to the shape of the obstacle either through creating a paper template or through scribing, or the door trim can be cut with a saw so that the laminate flooring can slide under the obstacle.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Paper
  • Compass with pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Coping saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Scrap laminate
  • Hand saw
  • Tenon saw

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    Fit Around The Woodwork

  1. 1

    Place paper against the door trim so that the paper is flat on the floor. Place the pointed end of a compass so that it follows the edge of the woodwork. As you move the compass along, trace the outline of the woodwork--the pencil of the compass will draw the line on the paper.

  2. 2

    Cut along the pencil line on the paper with scissors and fit the paper to the wall. You may need to scribe several pieces of paper and tape them together to achieve the correct fit, particularly around corners.

  3. 3

    Trace the pattern on your laminate floor and cut the flooring carefully with a coping or jigsaw. Fit the laminate floor in place and attach it.

    Cut the Door Trim

  1. 1

    Place a piece of scrap laminate adjacent to the door trim flat on the floor.

  2. 2

    Saw through the door trim, using an old hand saw positioned flat on top of the scrap laminate. You can also use a power tenon saw to make the cut even easier.

  3. 3

    Slide the new laminate under the cut door trim.

Tips and warnings

  • You may want to cut around the trim if your floor is already several layers thick.

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