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.
If you’re installing your flooring on a main floor, you will want to float the floor in the same direction throughout all of the rooms to create a cohesive feel. If you have a width wise open concept, run the flooring parallel to the longest walls.
If you’re open concept is a front door to back door home, run the flooring straight from the front door to the back door.
Another option could be identifying the main source of light in your space, and run the flooring perpendicular 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.
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!
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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