Laying laminate flooring - Where to start

Start the right way to make the work of laying your laminate flooring as easy as possible. This will save time and materials in the long run.

It is not at all difficult to lay Pergo laminate flooring, but before you start you should make sure you have prepared everything correctly. Then all you have to do is follow these simple steps.

    What do you need?
  • Cutting knife
  • Bevel tool
  • Calculator
  • Tape measure
  • Jigsaw

  • Pencil
  • Spacers
  • Hammer
  • Tapping block
  • Flat crowbar

1. Measure the room

The first thing you should do is measure the room. This is to avoid waste and to make sure you do not end up having to work with small, narrow pieces at the end, which would make the floor less attractive and less stable. Measure the width of the room and divide it by the width of the planks. This helps you work out how many whole planks you need. Then divide the remaining measurement between two planks, which you lay at the edge of each side of the room. This produces the most stable and attractive final result.

2. Make the floor straight

Next, measure where you will lay the whole planks on the floor and put a nail at the end point on both sides of the room. Tie a piece of string between the nails to create a line that clearly shows how the planks should lie; the floor is now guaranteed to be straight. Also put a note on the wall as an extension of the string. This way, you will always have a reference point for where the whole planks should start and end.

Once you have measured the room, you can open the packaging containing the planks. Cut them up the sides to minimise the risk of damaging any of the planks. Read the manual carefully and then you are ready to start laying the floor.

3. Adapt to peculiarities

Walls are seldom entirely straight, which means there is a high risk that the floor will be crooked if you start by laying the first plank directly against the wall. As mentioned earlier, you should place the trimmed planks at the edge of each side instead. You can adapt them to the peculiarities of the wall. However, start with the whole planks from the point you measured. Place spacers on the ends against the wall, which will give the floor space to swell slightly as the room humidity changes. After about three rows, you can work directly from the floor and take measurements based on the planks already fitted. This gives you better control and saves your body from strain.

If you have a crooked wall, use a bevel tool to measure the angle. You should use a fine sawblade to saw the planks and position them so that you can saw as close as possible to the supporting surface. This gives a cleaner, finer cut.

4. Save material

To save materials and to vary the position of the divisions between the planks, use the leftover piece you sawed off the last plank in the previous row. However, there should be at least 30 cm between the divisions in two adjacent rows of planks.

5. Split the last board

When you have fitted three rows, you can go back and lay the split plank that should be placed at the edge closest to the wall. There is a simple way to mark the saw line so that it follows the angle or curve of the wall. Place the plank you want to saw on top of the first whole plank you laid. Then take a small piece of another plank and use it to measure. Next, put a pen on one side of the piece and place the other end against the wall. Drag it along the wall, drawing a line on the plank you want to saw. This line will follow the line of the wall. To get closer with the pen, you can carve out a hole in the edge of your measuring piece, so that the tip of the pen forms an exact angle with the edge.

Then use a jig saw with a fine blade to saw the plank and click it into place in the fitted floor. Knock it into place using a flat crowbar after placing spacers against the wall.