Laminate flooring consists of wooden planks that have an imprinted layer attached to the top of them. Many laminate boards have an artificial wood grain, but there are a wide variety of other styles as well. While laminate is often installed starting at a wall, sometimes it's beneficial to start at the centre of a room. This creates a balanced look if the room is not perfectly square. Locating the centre of the room should be done after properly preparing the subfloor.
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Things you need
- Tape measure
- Chalk line
Walk to one of the short walls in the room. Place the end of a tape measure at one side of the room and stretch it all the way across to the other side to determine the width.
Divide the measurement in half to determine the centre point then use the tape measure to locate this centre point. Place the end of a chalk line at this point and stretch it to the opposite wall. Pick up and drop the chalk line to mark a line down the centre of the floor.
Walk to one of the longest walls in the room and use the tape measure to determine its total length.
Divide the wall measurement in half then locate the centre point with the tape measure.
Place the end of the chalk line in the centre point and stretch it across to the opposite wall. Snap the chalk line to create a second centre line on the floor. The point where the two lines meet is the exact centre of the room.
Tips and warnings
- Start laying the laminate along one of the centre lines to keep it perfectly straight.
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