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Installing wood laminate flooring – need to figure out pattern / dimensions to cut?

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I will be using Ikea wood laminate flooring. The dimensions of the panels are 8" x 54".
My entryway is basically 46" by 40".
Do I cut the panel to 46" long (actually less to accomodate the spacers) and lay them side by side?
Or, to add stability, do I cut them to a shorter length and do brick-type pattern?
Thanks for any advice – first time doing this.

First you need to look at the laminate flooring you are going to install. Some company’s use a tongue and groove design on the ends as well as the sides of there flooring. Then others use a over lap design. you will need to be able to cut these designs to alternate from the way the flooring is installed to maintain stability.

5 Responses to “Installing wood laminate flooring – need to figure out pattern / dimensions to cut?”

  1. johndoe915 Says:

    brick pattern is your choice but…. you should try to stagger seems throughout the floor plan and make the simpilist design minimizing the length (long side) cuts no pattern is the way they are normally done cut some of the 8×54 at 16 " some at 30 " and it should look great when your done. hope I helped gl.
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  2. IAM Says:

    My husband just did our hallway, living room, dinning room and TV room with 12 ml laminate. He went to Home Depot and got really good advice. They have little mini courses on Saturdays where they cover a topic for the DIY ers. He ended up cutting the boards with a good quality blade( laminate is very tough!) in 16", 24" and 36" lengths. He started with16 on one row, then 24 for the next then 36 for the next and then the full one for the next row etc. It looks great.
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  3. PrivateEyes Says:

    We’ve put laminate down in our living room, dining room and family room. My first reaction to your questions was absolutely cut smaller and stagger the joints and then I thought: "Why?" If you stagger the joints, it would be for stability, but it would seem that NO JOINTS would be the most stable configuration of all.

    Here’s my only concern. You need to lay it out and take a look at the appearance of the boards side by side. Does the pattern repeat in such a way as to be unattractive? Or does it look natural?

    You can easily and non permanently hook 5 boards together (that should be your 40 inches) and block off one end or the other to see how it would look permanently installed like that. If the pattern is too obviously repetitive, you might need to alternate your cuts (left side of board, right side of board,) in order to make a more natural appearance.

    But if at all possible, I would try to keep to one board at 46 inches for maximum ease in installation and stability.
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  4. HGPgal Says:

    One of the best places for help on dimensions and designs is flooring companies. Local flooring stores even provide samples of different patterns. This is what these guys do, so consult them for proper sizing.

    Start with one board lower than the first. You can measure or do it by eye, just don’t go too crazy (think future salability!). Find a pattern that appeals to you and go for it.
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    Decorator (self)

  5. ghost Says:

    First you need to look at the laminate flooring you are going to install. Some company’s use a tongue and groove design on the ends as well as the sides of there flooring. Then others use a over lap design. you will need to be able to cut these designs to alternate from the way the flooring is installed to maintain stability.
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    29 years installing and refinishing wood floors

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