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Which Way Do You Lay Laminate Flooring?

Until recently, the direction in which laminate and hardwood flooring was laid depended upon the method of installation. For example, with the glue-down method, the installer had to start at the wall facing the entrance, and with the nail-down method the flooring planks had to be nailed down parallel to the floor joist. With the newly developed "click-and-fold" method, however, the flooring is not attached to the subfloor, but depends on the weight of the floorboards to hold it in place. Consequently, click-and-fold laminate floors can be laid in any direction.

Lay laminate click-together flooring running toward the main source of light entering the room. Daylight reflecting off an unbroken expanse of polished wood enhances the beauty of the flooring.

Install passageway flooring running in the direction of the passageway for best results. Measure the width of the passage with a steel measuring tape. Divide that number by the width of a single floorboard. Divide the fractional amount left over by two to arrive at the cut width of the two edge boards.

Install laminate flooring in long, narrow areas, such as attic bedrooms or sleeping lofts, parallel to the longest wall. Find the width of the starting and finishing rows the same way outlined in Step 2.

Things You'll Need

  • Steel measuring tape
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After graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand and qualifying as an aircraft engineer, Ian Kelly joined a Kitchen remodeling company and qualified as a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD). Kelly then established an organization specializing in home improvement, including repair and maintenance of household appliances, garden equipment and lawn mowers.