D.I.Y lay laminate flooring

By Yvette Yatras

Laminate flooring is easy to install, hard wearing and it gives your house a rich decorative hardwood looking flooring.

Before starting

Attempt to finish the job or each room in the same day. The under floor must be dry, even, stable and clean. Ensure the expansion gap around the perimeter of the wall is maintained. Plan out the room size and layout, remembering that laminate flooring must be laid separately in each room – do not lay continuously from one room to another.


If your sub-floor is concrete, lay a damp-proof PE membrane over all existing sub-floors. Be careful to allow enough room around door frames. Next lay a 2mm foam underlay, in the same direction as the membrane, along the length of the room taping the entire seam with a silver PVC tape.

Laying the floor

Begin laying the flooring in a left hand corner, along the longest stretch of wall with the tongue facing the wall in the same direction as the PE membrane and foam underlay. Place the plastic wedges/spacer blocks 300mm apart to maintain a 10mm expansion gap between the panel and the walls edge. Use a string line to check that the row is correctly aligned. You will most likely have a piece left over from the first row, so use this to start the second row. The planks should be in a staggered/random brick pattern, so make sure the planks are about 400mm on either side of the join in the previous row. Assemble the planks by applying a bead of glue to the grooves on the edge and end of each piece. The tongue of the next piece is pushed into the groove until the two planks are firmly seated against one another (wipe the excess glue with a damp rag). You can tap the pieces together using a tapping block and hammer or a pinch bar to pull the pieces together.

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