How to Install Laminate Flooring Around a Toilet

Written by john walker | 13/05/2017
How to Install Laminate Flooring Around a Toilet
The toilet will stay in the same place as the flange will not be removed. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Laminate flooring is relatively easy to install over levelled concrete or wood floors. The most important aspect of laminate flooring installation is to remove fixtures. Laying laminate around a toilet requires that the material extends beneath the toilet. Installation requires removing the toilet and cutting the laminate so a hole is in the floor over the toilet flange. The process is relatively simple and can be completed with some basic tools.

Turn off water to the toilet and drain the system by flushing it. Disconnect the water supply line with an adjustable wrench.

Remove the retaining nuts on the lower left and right of the toilet with an adjustable wrench. Set the nuts and washers to the side. Lift the toilet straight up and off the bolts and lay the toilet on its side.

Scrape off the existing wax ring from the base of the toilet and on top of the flange. Install a new wax ring onto the base of the toilet with the rubber gasket pointing down and away from the toilet.

Install the laminate flooring, following normal installation instructions, until you are ready to install a piece that will cover the floor flange.

Lay the piece of laminate over the flange and mark the outer edges of the flange on the piece of laminate. Trace the outline of the flange onto the piece. Position a second piece adjacent to the first if the flange is larger than the first piece. Mark the second piece in the same manner.

Cut the pieces of laminate with a jigsaw. Place the pieces over the flange to check the cuts. Cut the pieces a second time if necessary to ensure the flange will sit inside the cut-out areas of the laminate. Complete the flooring installation, placing the cut pieces around the toilet flange.

Lower the toilet onto the retaining bolts. Attach the washers and retaining nuts. Wiggle the toilet slightly to ensure the wax ring is properly set. Tighten the nuts with an adjustable wrench until the toilet does not move. Connect the water supply line and turn on the water.

Things you need

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Marker
  • Jigsaw
  • Scraper
  • Wax ring

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