How to Install Laminate Flooring on Walls

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Laminate flooring planks bring the look of hardwood flooring into your home. However, unlike hardwoods, laminate flooring doesn't require refinishing and it's easy to install. To add your own spin to your wall, laminate flooring is an option. When considering how to decorate your walls, probably the last thing you consider is laminate flooring. Walls, however, look great with the rich texture offered by the laminate flooring planks. It's a bold design statement that you can install on your own in one weekend.

Glide a stud finder across the surface of your wall and mark the location of each stud. To help your laminate floor walls stay securely in place, you should secure the flooring to the wall in the location of the studs.

Place your first laminate flooring plank in the upper right corner of the wall. Laminate flooring planks install with a tongue and groove system, so each plank has a tongued side and a grooved side. Place the grooved edge up against the corner of the wall.

Hammer finishing nails through the laminate flooring plank and into the wall to secure the first piece in place. If there's a stud located behind that laminate flooring plank, hammer the finishing nails into the area where there's a stud. If there's not a stud, hammer it anywhere on the plank to keep it in place until you reach an area where a stud's available.

Place the grooved edge on your second plank and place it around the tongue on your first plank. Snap the second floor plank down against the wall to secure it in place. If necessary, hammer one or two finishing nails through the laminate flooring and into the wall to hold it in place.

Continue to snap laminate flooring planks in place until you cover the surface of the wall you want to decorate. Hammer finishing nails into the studs to secure the wall laminate flooring in position all along the wall.

Consider how you want to handle your wall corners when you have laminate floor walls. Cut your laminate floor pieces down to size with straight cuts so the corners look clean and professional. It's difficult, however, to obtain the precision cuts necessary for the entire length of the wall. It may be better to cover the corner with corner moulding, which you can install over the wall laminate flooring to hide any imperfections in the seam.

Nail laminate wood trim in place at the top and the bottom of the wall to hide any imperfections.

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