7 Steps To Lay Laminate In Doorways

  1. Measure and Cut Laminate Flooring:
    • Measure the width of the doorway accurately using a tape measure.
    • Transfer these measurements to the laminate flooring boards and mark them.
    • Use a saw (such as a circular saw or a jigsaw) to cut the laminate boards to fit the doorway dimensions precisely. Ensure to wear appropriate safety gear when cutting.
  2. Install Underlayment:
    • Lay down underlayment material in the area where you’ll be installing the laminate flooring. Underlayment helps to reduce noise, provides cushioning, and acts as a moisture barrier.
    • Cut the underlayment to fit the doorway area using a utility knife.
    • Tape or secure the seams of the underlayment together using underlayment tape or adhesive.
  3. Begin Laying Laminate Flooring:
    • Start laying the laminate flooring from one side of the doorway and work towards the other.
    • Place spacers along the edges of the first row to maintain an expansion gap. This gap allows the laminate to expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity.
    • Connect the laminate boards by inserting the tongue of one board into the groove of the next board at a slight angle and then pressing down until they click into place.
  4. Continue Installation:
    • Continue laying the laminate boards row by row, ensuring each row is snug against the previous one.
    • Use a tapping block and a hammer to gently tap the boards into place if needed, ensuring they fit tightly together.
    • As you reach the opposite side of the doorway, you may need to cut the last row of laminate boards to fit. Measure and cut these boards accordingly.
  5. Trimming the Last Row:
    • Measure the width needed for the last row of laminate boards, leaving an expansion gap against the wall.
    • Cut the boards to size using a saw, ensuring they fit snugly against the wall and the previously installed flooring.
  6. Install Transition Strips:
    • If there’s a height difference between the laminate flooring and the adjoining floor surfaces (such as carpet, tile, or hardwood), install transition strips to cover the edges.
    • Measure and cut the transition strips to fit the doorway area using a saw.
    • Secure the transition strips in place using adhesive or screws, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  7. Final Checks:
    • Once the installation is complete, remove any spacers and clean up the area.
    • Inspect the entire installation for any gaps, unevenness, or defects, and make any necessary adjustments.