Laying Laminate Flooring

I am looking to lay laminate flooring ( i am not great at DIY). The bedroom is only 6 x 4 feet. What are the basic tools and accessories i will require? And can anyone pass on any good advice!!

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basic tools would be a measuring tape, a saw, a pencil and a mallet. also advise you but a fitting kit (tapping block,pulling bar and spacers.

as for advice, just take your time, measure twice and cut once.

when it comes to fitting around the door architrave you'll find its easier to cut the architrave and slide the floor under it rather than cutting the floor around it.

My recomendation would be a pencil, a workbench, a tape measure and a Jigsaw. (and a hoover to tidy up) Most laminate floors click/lock together - I'm not very handy, but I found it easy

telephone, yellow pages and call someone to do it.

I've just put laminate down in my lil ones room... the Fixa kit from Ikea is great for a fiver and has everything you'll need for fitting it, spacers, the wee plastic & metal things you whack :lol: etc... Homebase & B&Q usually do the same kinda kit too

Ikea also do a big roll of underlay stuff for £12/£15 (I can't remember exactly), which I thought would be rubbish but it's really good stuff.

Good luck (but if I can do it anyone can!!! :lol:)

I'm a bit fussy about it so I take the skirting off when laying real wood (or laminate) and put new stuff back on afterwards, that way you can fit the wall gaps properly (spacers are in the fitting kit) and not have any visual gaps (all hidden by the skirting).

Banned

Make sure the next plank covers the join by a third of the 2 planks you've just laid....in others words, cover your joins, the floor wont fall apart then.

Yup, I'll echo what everyone else has said - take your time and its easy. I've laid it in two 11ftx17ft rooms now and while it took pretty much all day to do there was nothing difficult about it really.

The Ikea stuff is good for the money although I found I had to clean out the interlocking edges on almost every plank to get them to fit properly since theres often raggy bits of wood in there.

Leave the wood in the room you're laying for a couple of days so it gets used to the room temperature and expands or contracts to suit. (no good storing it in a cold garage then fitting it in a warm house!)

Dont forget to leave a gap of a few mm around the edges to allow for the wood expanding and contracting with the temperature.

Tools: workbench, hacksaw (or woodsaw/jigsaw with fine teeth) stanley knife, tape measure, pencil, rubber mallet, box of ciggies and a radio

chrishill;2885449

Leave the wood in the room you're laying for a couple of days so it gets … Leave the wood in the room you're laying for a couple of days so it gets used to the room temperature and expands or contracts to suit. (no good storing it in a cold garage then fitting it in a warm house!)



very good tip but remember to open the packs first or it won't help

wolf359;2885464

very good tip but remember to open the packs first or it won't help



:-D good point!

I used glue to interlock mine, use the best underlay you can afford, a good workbench is useful.
If any one is looking for good deals on flooring try floors2go, cracking deals and i managed to get more money off by haggling, under £200 for laminate,the good stuff underlay,edging strips,cleaning kit,door strips for my large bedroom.

Supermod

Laying laminate flooring...is that normal/legal!?

dont know anything about it but my mum managed to do it, if she can do it anybody can lol

It is sooooo easy - my 15 yr old daughter did ours. Good luck.
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