Angle-Angle Laminate Flooring Installation
*Note that not all angle-angle instructions are the same. It’s important to read the manufacturer instructions thoroughly, as some might require and drop and lock install.
For angle-angle installation, rows are fit together and angled into the locking system together. Watch this video or continue reading for full written instructions.
1. Line up the flooring along the wall, taking planks from several boxes to get the look and pattern you desire. This is especially important if your flooring has a variety of texture and color variation.
2. Begin installing the first plank in the corner of the room. Lay the plank in the corner, groove side facing the open room, and use spacers to create the expansion gap (1/4″ to 1/2″). Make sure the plank is snug against the spacers.
3. Take the second plank and line it up with the end of the laminate. Angle the plank at a 45 degree angle and lock the planks in, end-to-end.
4. Add spacers to the second plank. Use pressure to press the laminate into the groove and create a flat surface.
5. Continue installing the first row of flooring.
6. Once your installation reaches the end of the first row, you will notice the planks will normally not fit perfectly to the room size. Measure the length of the plank needed to finish the room, factoring in the expansion gap, and create a cut guide on the plank.
7. Using the measurement taken, cut the plank using a saw with the decorative side up in a separate room from your installation. We recommend using a jigsaw or table saw, but you can also use a laminate specific cutter. Save both pieces of the plank, as you will use the other section during the installation. Saw instructions: for a jigsaw, use a laminate flooring blade, which has a medium tooth, down-stroke blade. For a table saw, use a medium tooth carbide blade with upside down teeth.
8. Take the measured plank and angle it into the end of the previous plank.
9. **If there is an obstruction, such as a cabinet, and the board cannot be angled to lock in properly to the previously installed plank, you will need to glue the locking systems. Using the end of the pull bar or utility knife, begin to scrape the edge of the previously installed plank down. Scrape the plank enough so that the end piece can lay over it flat. Using wood glue, add dots of glue to the end seam and lay the end piece over the joint. Wipe off any excess glue that squeezed to the surface.
10. Using the other side of the end plank you just cut, you will move to the second row.
11. Assemble a full plank to the end of the small plank that will begin the row. Continue adding 2-3 full planks together without adhering them to the first row.
12. Using wedges or a helper, angle the whole second attached row into the first row at a 45 degree angle.
13. If a tapping block is not required, simply drop the second row to the ground after angling it into the first row. Use gentle pressure to press the laminate row into a flat surface.
14. Continue following these steps until you complete the room!