Laminate flooring is a very good choice for families with pets and children as it is more dent and stain resistant than hardwood flooring. You selected your laminate flooring and wonder if you can install it yourself. Installing laminate flooring is both easy and rewarding – you can show your skill and save money at the same time.

Tools and Materials Required

Steps to Installing Laminate Floating Flooring

  • cut and install the underlayment – overlap per manufacturer’s recommendations and secure with tape
  • set wall spacers and dry lay the first row of planks
  • measure and cut the last plank accordingly
  • lay the first row of planks
  • continue with the next row – make sure the joints are staggered in order to strengthen the floor
  • cut and lay the last row of planks
  • cut and install the threshold to the adjacent areas


  • tape painter’s tape along the cut-line to avoid chipping the plank
  • use an utility knife to cut the plank or or blade saw
  • if you need to fit against an obstacle such as a heat vent, measure and draw the form of the obstacle on the plank, drill a pilot hole and cut using a jig saw
  • secure the threshold with screws or a compatible glue
  • if you like to glue your laminate use the same steps – hold few rows of planks together with a strap clamp while the glue dries out

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