How to Find the Center of a Room for Straight Laminate

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How to Find the Center of a Room for Straight Laminate
Install laminate from the centre of a room for an even appearance. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    Walk to one of the longest walls in the room and use the tape measure to determine its total length.

  4. 4

    Divide the wall measurement in half then locate the centre point with the tape measure.

  5. 5

    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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