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Is the Box of Laminate Flooring Heavy?

by Bob and Betsy
Published: Updated: 4 comments 3 minutes read

Dear Bob and Betsy,

I’ve had some serious back problems and I don’t want to trigger a relapse in my recovery. I’m expecting my flooring to arrive soon but I’m worried – is the box of laminate flooring heavy?
– LeAnn M.

Dear LeAnn,

Sorry to hear that you are experiencing back problems. On the surface, laminate flooring does not seem very heavy. However, when stacked carefully into a box and packaged up to avoid dame while en route to you, the boxes can becomes a little bit heavier – though not dangerously heavy. We have compiled more information for you to help to decide what’s best for you. Cheers! Bob & Betsy

As a general rule of thumb, laminate flooring is about 1 to 1.5 pounds per square foot. When put on a pallet, this seemingly light weight skyrockets up to around 1,750 pounds. The important weight, however, is the weight of each box as that is what you will be lifting when you first get your shipment.

Manufacturers and distributors, like Bestlaminate, know that it is impossible for anyone to lift the weight of a skid. Each box usually has about 18 – 30 sq. ft., so you can expect a box to average 30 to 35 pounds. All you will need to do is unwrap the skid and unload the skid box by box.

Most people are able to lift this amount of weight without much problem. However, if you’re concerned about your back, we encourage you to talk to your doctor before trying to lift the box of laminate flooring yourself.

You might want to recruit a little bit of extra help when moving your flooring off the pallet, setting up your flooring to acclimate, and/or lifting each box to install.

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Rhond Nush March 16, 2019 - 11:54 am

If you kitchen cabinets are a medium brown color should you go with a darker colored floor?

Alana Kane March 17, 2019 - 2:16 pm

Hi Rhond, thanks for the question! This really depends on your style preference. We’ve seen beautiful looks with medium brown cabinets that were light and dark floors. You can check out our customer gallery to get some ideas: https://www.bestlaminate.com/customer-gallery/

steve March 18, 2016 - 4:41 pm

Thank you for the information. However, something does not add up. The Laminate that I have looked at is packaged 18 to 24 square feet per box. Five pounds per square foot would make that 100 plus pounds. I believe that somewhere around one pound per square foot might be more accurate.

Alana Kane March 21, 2016 - 9:34 am

Hi Steve – it looks like you are completely correct here! Boxes range from 25-40 lbs., so 1 -1.5 lbs per sq. foot would be more correct. Thanks for bringing this to our attention! We will be updating it for accuracy.


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