Introduction: Laying Laminate Flooring

I had never laid laminate flooring before. My Gran asked me if I would like to try and lay it in the spare bedroom. I said yes I was up for the challenge.

Step 1: Equipment Used

Laminate flooring
Old chisel (leaver carpet holders up)
2x saw horse
Wooden mallet
Right angle
Nail gun
Tape for underlay
Tape measure
Knee pads

Step 2: Preparation for New Flooring

I started by emptying the room of everything. Then I stripped the carpet and underlay out of the room. To fit the carpet and underlay in the car to take it to the tip, I had to cut it up smaller so it would fit.
The next job was to get the carpet grips up (spiky bits). I would suggest wearing clothes to do this part as the hurt if you catch yourself on them. I used an old chisel and hammer to get them up.

Step 3: Laying the Flooring

The first thing I needed to do was to make sure the area were I put the under lay is clear. To start with I put to rows of underlay down and taped them together.
To lay the laminate flooring you need to go from left to right. Also it is important to leave a 10mm gap between the flooring and skirting. This is to allow the flooring to expand and contract.
Slot the pieces of flooring together like a puzzle. To make sure it’s tighly in place get a scrap piece of the flooring and wooden mallet and hit, so that there isn’t a gap between the flooring. When you get to the end of the row and need to cut a bit shorter use that piece to begin the next row.
Continue until the whole room is complete.

Step 4: Trim

I attached the trim to the skirting board using a nail gun. When I got to the corner cut a 45 degree angle to make a clean join.

Step 5: Tidying Up

Laminate flooring down! Now for the boring part tidying up. Luckily my friend came round to help.

Step 6: Door Way

Then I put the strip in the door way.

Step 7: Finished Product

All done! Ready to move some furniture in.
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