How to Install Floating Plank Floor

I had grand plans of just peeling the linoleum off to see the sub-floor smiling back at me waiting to get covered again. But once I attacked with a screwdriver, needle nose, and hammer I realized the floor was more stubborn than I am. It flaked off in tiny pieces and left the paper backing plus gritty, textured glue behind.

Screw this. I put my tools down and went back online to see if the floor can just go on top of the linoleum because that would be light years faster. Plus,

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After we leveled the floor it was time for basic cleaning and putting down underlayment. We did one row at a time because each roll is about as tall as I am and we didn’t want it wrinkled or warped or doubled up. We used the premium underlayment with added layers for sound-proofing and water-resistence and I know it was the right decision.

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We ripped the first row (with a table saw) to avoid a too-thin board at the other end. It isn’t done to avoid having to rip boards later, but rather to avoid a last row against a wall that will be so thin it won’t grab anything to stay in place.

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Well yeah.

Buy the rubber mallet. Get the lightest one you can find so it’s easy to use and easy on your wrist. Buy the flooring installation kit. These two things are a must when you’re budgeting the project.

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The install kit comes with spacers for along the walls and a pullbar (the black thing on the first step) to help get boards to click in tight spaces. We butted the floor right up to the carpeted step so we don’t need a transition piece or reducer.

Not gonna lie, it took a few tries to get the first 3-4 rows where we needed them and for us to figure out what the heck we were doing. And just when we got in a groove crankin’ through it we’d come up to a corner where a chunk of board had to be intricately cut out – like all these corners here…

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On our main level we have a half bath: toilet and sink. We were extremely lucky to have the boards align absolutely perfect for the hole under the toilet.

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Here’s the biffy all done.

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We decided to move into the kitchen area next simply based on timing and how our days and evenings were working out. We did our best to disrupt an area as little as possible because well, life. We only had one day where the oven was in use in the middle of the room and to get to the fridge daughter had to do a little dance. We survived. Here’s our kitchen finished. Love!

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Side note: when you’re using a miter saw for the ends of each row, cut each board top side up. I cut one board from the bottom and the edges split and frayed.

Next came the eating area. Things were sailing along smoothly until I ran out of underlayment. Seriously, this is all I had left. There was some swearing.

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The premium stuff we were using was almost $50 a roll and we didn’t see spending that much on one strip good use of our money. Decision made. No regrets. Cheap stuff filled the gaps.

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What do you think? I’ll post more photos of the baseboards when I get those finished…

#newfloor #floatingfloor #plankfloor #darkbrownfloor

*Still not paid for what products I use. That doesn’t stop you from asking, though.

Your Shopping List:

  • Flooring of your choice (Add 10% to your total square footage)
  • Flooring reducers
  • Underlayment (unless your flooring choice has attached underlayment)
  • Installation Kit
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Duct tape
  • Table saw
  • MIter saw
  • Pry bar
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • Quarter round
  • Pencil
  • Patience

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