DIY FLOATING FLOOR
YOU WILL NEED Measuring tape
Flooring (we used Hanwood laminate flooring from Bunnings)
Underlay to cover subfloor
Scissors or Stanley knife
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.