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Laying Laminate Flooring – DFO’s 8 Step Guide

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Laminate flooring has become a favourite choice for UK homeowners looking to revamp their space without breaking the bank. Its durability, easy to install and its aesthetic appeal make laminate flooring a top contender in the world of home improvement. 

You’ve come to the right place…

If you’re considering laying laminate flooring in your home this 8 step guide, we’ll walk you through the process step by step, ensuring that you achieve professional-looking results without the hassle and price tag of using a fitter.

Step 1 – Gather Your Materials

Before diving into the installation process, it’s essential to gather all the necessary materials. You’ll need:

   – Laminate flooring planks

   – Underlayment

   – Tape measure

   – Saw (circular or hand saw)

   – Spacers

   – Hammer

   – Tapping block

   – Pull bar

   – Utility knife


Step 2 – Prepare the Room

Clear out the room of all furniture and remove any existing flooring. Ensure the subfloor is clean, dry, and level. If necessary, use a selfleveling compound to even out any uneven spots.


Step 3 Install the Underlayment

Lay down the underlayment across the entire floor, ensuring it overlaps slightly at the seams. This will provide a moisture barrier and cushioning for the laminate planks.


Step 4 – Plan Your Layout

Before laying down any planks, plan out your layout to ensure a balanced look. Start by measuring the width of the room and dividing it by the width of the planks to determine the number of rows needed. Remember to leave a 1/4 inch gap around the perimeter of the room for expansion.

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Step 5 – Begin Installation

Start in a corner of the room, laying the first plank with the grooved side facing the wall. Use spacers to maintain a consistent gap between the wall and the planks. As you work your way across the room, stagger the end joints of the planks to create a more natural look.

Step 6 – Cutting Planks

When you reach the end of a row, measure and cut the last plank to fit using a saw. Remember to leave a 1/4 inch gap at the end of each row for expansion.

Step 7 – Continue Installation

Repeat the process, clicking each plank into place until you’ve covered the entire floor. Use a tapping block and hammer to ensure each plank is snugly fitted together.

Step 8 – Finishing Touches

Once all the planks are installed, remove the spacers and install baseboards or quarter round moulding to cover the expansion gap around the perimeter of the room. Reinstall any furniture and enjoy your newly transformed space.


Laminate flooring is relatively low maintenance, but to keep it looking its best, regularly sweep or vacuum to remove dirt and debris. Clean up spills promptly and avoid using excessive water, as laminate is not waterproof.

The DFO Conclusion

Laying laminate flooring is a DIY-friendly project that can completely transform the look and feel of your space. By following these simple steps and taking your time, you can achieve professional-quality results without the need for expensive tools or professional help. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your materials, and get ready to install your stylish new floor!

If you have any questions or would like some advice please call us on 01992 563 394 or contact us via contact form.

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