How to fit laminate flooring around a toilet

Updated February 21, 2017

Installing laminate floor in a bathroom may solve moisture problems and create the opportunity to redecorate, but you have to work around a number of obstacles when installing. Bathtubs and sinks are flat and square, and so generally are treated like walls. However, a toilet area is circular, and requires specific methods to fit flooring in this area. Lay the rest of your laminate, saving this area for last.

Turn off the water to the toilet and remove the toilet. Plug the drain pipe with a damp rag.

Use a putty knife or scraper to remove any wax from the old seal around the toilet. Wipe the area with a rag dampened in white spirit to remove excess wax pieces, as well as dirt, dust and other contaminants.

Press a piece of laminate flooring face down against the nearest full piece so that it runs into the toilet area. Use a pencil to trace the curve of the flange area on the back of the laminate piece, creating a guideline to cut the laminate to size.

Use a ruler or tape measure to move the cut line back on the board the distance of the flooring's required expansion space. Most laminate flooring requires a 1/8- to 1/4-inch space around obstacles to allow for shifts in moisture and temperature.

Cut along the guideline with a sabre saw. Wear protective goggles and gloves when cutting laminate flooring to guard against shrapnel. When finished, lay the tile in place with your chosen adhesive and cut other pieces to fit.

Reinstall the toilet once the flooring adhesive dries. Seal the space between the flange and the flooring with silicone caulk to prevent moisture damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Putty knife or scraper
  • Rag
  • White spirit
  • Pencil
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Goggles
  • Protective gloves
  • Sabre saw
  • Adhesive
  • Silicone caulk
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