DIY flooring guide

When it comes to DIY flooring there are some crucial things to bear in mind when fitting the installation yourself. If you’re considering your own fitting then ensure to read through this guide and get the best tips available.
The preparation is key to DIY flooring and there are four things to think about straight away:

  • Ensure to read all instructions carefully, from start to finish, before you even consider laying the floor
  • Clear your workspace by removing furniture and flooring before starting work
  • Make sure your cables and telephone wires have been run before attempting to lay the floor
  • Make sure the floor is clean and dry. Hammer loose nails into the floorboard and fix boards to preventing creaking.

In the preparation stage you need to make sure you’ll be able to open the door over the thickness of the flooring. If you can’t, you’ll have to plane the door. Remove the door and all skirting boards from the room.

You’ll also need to mark off the thickness of your leveller board, underlay and laminate on the architrave around the door.

Also check the instructions to see if the laminate needs to be left in the room to acclimatise to the temperature, and whether packaging needs removing too if so.

The tools

For fitting the laminate flooring you’ll need a number of tools and it’s best to collect all of these before starting the work.

For marking the boards you’ll need:

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Carpenter’s square

For fitting the laminate boards together you’ll need:


  • Pull bar
  • Wedges
  • Tapping block

For cutting and trimming the boards you’ll need:

  • Handsaw: For trimming lengths
  • Hacksaw: For dealing with radiator pipes and other obstructions
  • Coping saw: In case intricate shapes need to be cut
  • Flat saw: For trimming architrave.

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