DIY FLOAT­ING FLOOR

IN­STAL­LA­TION

Homes+ (Australia) - - BEFORE & AFTER -

YOU WILL NEED Mea­sur­ing tape

Floor­ing (we used Han­wood lam­i­nate floor­ing from Bun­nings)

Un­der­lay to cover sub­floor

Duct tape

Scis­sors or Stan­ley knife

Elec­tric saws

STEP ONE Use the mea­sur­ing tape to mea­sure your room length and width so you can work out how many packs of floor­ing you’ll need. (There’s a handy chart on the floor­ing’s pack­ag­ing to help you cal­cu­late this, along with in­stal­la­tion in­struc­tions.)

STEP TWO Pre­pare for in­stal­la­tion by clear­ing the room. Re­move ex­ist­ing floor­ing and skirt­ing boards and vac­uum the sub­floor.

STEP THREE Lay your un­der­lay over the area. If you have a con­crete sub­floor, use a foil-backed un­der­lay to pre­vent mois­ture seep­ing through and dam­ag­ing the boards. Butt-join the un­der­lay then ap­ply duct tape to the joints. Cut the un­der­lay to size us­ing scis­sors or a Stan­ley knife.

STEP FOUR De­cide on both the lay­ing di­rec­tion and pat­tern to be used.

In­stall the floor­boards fol­low­ing the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions. Make sure you leave a 10mm gap around the out­side for ex­pan­sion. If you are in­stalling cab­i­nets, leave this space free of floor­ing as the weight of the cab­i­nets can pre­vent the floor­boards ex­pand­ing and con­tract­ing and cause them to buckle. If nec­es­sary, cut boards to size us­ing an elec­tric saw.

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