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DIY: how to lay laminate flooring

Posted on by Maltings Timber Team

Laying your own laminate flooring is a job which, if done correctly, can save time and money on hiring someone to do the job for you. There is, however, a correct procedure to follow to ensure that the job is done right and no laminate is misused or wasted in the process.

Tools and materials

Before beginning the project of laying laminate flooring at your property, it is important that you are equipped with the right tools for the task. Not only will you need the laminate panels for the flooring itself, but also the following tools:

  • flooring tools
  • square
  • mitre saw
  • snap-off knife
  • tape measure
  • pencil
  • goggles
  • face mask
  • knee pads and other protective clothing



Measure up

Next, you must measure the available floor space that you will be using. Measuring the room in question at its widest points, you can then measure the length, before multiplying the two together to give the area of your room in metres squared. Then, calculate the amount of laminate you will need accordingly.

Prepare the subfloor

Any floor can be laminated upon, so long as it fits the three following criteria:

  • the floor must be dry
  • the floor must be firm
  • the floor must be level

As long as all these criteria are filled, you can begin to lay the laminate safely and correctly.

Putting down an underlay

There are various types of underlay that can be put down before your laminate is placed down.

Polyfoam underlay: This is an extremely thin type of underlay which can be used on any firm, dry and level subfloor, including chipboard, plywood and hardboard.

Combined underlay: This only requires one layer, whatever the flooring type, as it is thicker than polyfoam. This also means that it absorbs any irregularities in the floor, as well as providing excellent sound insulation.

Wood fiber boards: The thickest type of underlay, this can be used with floorboards on uneven sub-floors, giving good heat and sound insulation.


Laying the flooring

  • When laying the flooring, it is
    important to start in a corner and
    the first row of boards along the longest straight wall in the room.
  • From here, continue across the room using plastic spacers along the other side walls as you go.
  • Fit each board together by tapping them using a mallet or hammer at the edge block.



Finishing off

To finish laying the laminate, remove any plastic spacers, and pin the moulding to the skirting board, before adding any paint or varnish needed. Next, you can fit a metal or wooden threshold over the edge of the laminate flooring at each doorway and entrance. After this, you can simply enjoy your smart-looking laminate flooring!


Here at Maltings Timber, we are proud to provide a vast range of types of laminate flooring in a variety of finishes to customers throughout Rotherham and Doncaster. With our wealth of experience and high quality range of stock, we guarantee you will find a solution to suit your requirements. For more information on any of our stock, or to arrange for one of our sheds to be installed at your property, get in touch with our friendly team of experts today and let us find the right wooden flooring for your property at a great price.


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