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How to Install Laminate Floors Yourself

Updated on May 10, 2011


 Do you want hardwood floors but can't afford them? You can buy laminate floors for about half of the price. Laminate floors are great to have if you have children or indoor pets because they are scratch resistant, will not fade and easy to clean. Laminate flooring really isn't too hard to install because it locks together. If you are thinking about installing laminate floors yourself, follow these how to steps.

Step By Step Process

Step 1

Decide on the color you would like to have your laminate floors to be. If you want a warm and inviting room, pick a darker color. If you are looking to brighten up a room, choose a lighter color.

Step 2

Measure the area where you intend to install your laminate floors. Rip out any carpet that is already there. If you do not have carpet, laminate floors can be placed over regular vinyl floors and hardwood.

Step 3

Next, take everything out of the room.

Step 4

Next, begin laying the laminate floors along side the longest wall. As you lay the next one down, make sure to lock the pieces securily together. If you need to cut any pieces to make them fit in certain areas, use a miter saw. Laminate floors can be locked differently depending on the type, so make sure to check your manufacturer's instructions on locking the pieces together.

Step 5

Last, cut shoe moldings with the miter saw and nail it the baseboards

Tips and Warnings

 If you are installing laminate floors in a bathroom or kitchen, make sure to ask for the water resistant kind. Your local home improvement store may offer free workshops on how to install laminate floors yourself. If you do not feel comfortable laying your own laminate floor, pay a professional.


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    • Carmen S. Jones profile image

      Carmen S. Jones 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta


      Start on the longest wall because you may have to begin cutting the board shorter as you go long depending upon the size of the room if it isn't a perfect square or rectangle. Just my opinion and experience

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      Kevin J Timothy 6 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      Good insightful information. I would've never thought about step 4. Any reason why you advise starting on the longest wall in the room?