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How to Determine The Direction To Install My Laminate Flooring

If you are making your laminate flooring a DIY project, you might wonder what is the right direction to install my laminate flooring? When deciding the direction to install  laminate flooring, you have to consider your space, lighting and decor. The best way to decide is to lay out the floor and visualize what looks best. Here are a few tips to help you decide.

Identify the main source of light in your space, and run the flooring parallel to the light. This is a great way to highlight the color and capture the texture of your flooring.

If installing in a room with little to no natural light, run the floors with the length of the room. The length of the planks will make your space appear larger.

The Direction To Install My Laminate Flooring

Consider your dimensions – a floating floor should not run more than 40ft long or 20ft wide, and must be broken up at these dimensions.

Be mindful of the wood grain, pattern and design of your floor. Installing in a certain direction can help bring out textures and colors!

The Direction To Install My Laminate Flooring

Follow these guidelines and you should be able to decide the appropriate direction. Just remember to visualize and take into consideration all aspects of your laminate flooring and space.

Updated March 2018.

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  1. Your first picture has the flooring parallel to the window, not the light.. This floor is Perpindicular to the natural light.

    • Viena Swierczek

      Hi Aaron, thank you for your comment. Looks like we need to update our photo! Thanks for pointing that out.

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