How To Install Laminate Flooring… for dummies and pregnant women

Remember when I told you about this amazing deal on flooring I scored?  If you’re new, that post covers the reasons we went with laminate and the amazing price we got it for from Lumber Liquidators.  Let’s just say that it cost less than a mounted microwave.  With NO compromise on quality.  🙂

Laying laminate flooring is so easy a 5 month pregnant lady on bed rest could do it.  A literal statement.

Each box of flooring had a diagram of instructions in like manner to IKEA.  Aka, no words.  It’s pretty straight forward.

how to install laminate flooring

how to install laminate flooring

how to install laminate flooring

how to install laminate flooring

how to install laminate flooring

Okay.  The biggest thing to be learned from the steps is to make sure to put a doormat down.  You never know when the destruction of ghost feet will find you (as referenced in step 19).

We bought a flooring installation kit for about $15 and I highly recommend you do the same for your flooring installation.

how to install laminate flooring

The spacers go around the edges of the room.  Don’t be worried about gaps.  Your baseboards cover that.

It’s a pretty ingenious idea from IKEA to have the toe-kicks snap on and off.  We ran the flooring under the cabinets and were able to just snap the toe-kicks back on and it looked AMAZING!

how to install laminate flooring

The picture below shows the underlayment we used.  It’s called Traffic Master, and I picked it up at Home Depot.  I bought 600 sq ft for $28 total.  Which is a heck of a lot cheaper than Lumber Liquidators wanted to charge for underlayment.  They wanted to charge $0.40 sq ft.  Almost as much as the flooring itself.  So keep that in mind when pricing flooring.

how to install laminate flooring

When you start a new row, cut a random length, so you get a lovely staggered look.

how to install laminate flooring

The next piece snaps to the previous row nicely, but it’s almost impossible to avoid a gap between the next-door neighbor piece.

how to install laminate flooring

Which is where THIS GUY comes in handy.  Beat it with a hammer a couple times and…

how to install laminate flooring

BAM.  No gap.  Pretty sure this method crossed my mom’s mind a few time when considering braces for us children.

how to install laminate flooring

For the odd shaped pieces that needed to be cut (like for vent holes) we used a jig saw.  It was pretty simple!

Having the same flooring run throughout is like the day I realized wearing make up shouldn’t look like you’re wearing make up.  Bye bye white eye liner.

how to install laminate flooring

And to remember how bad that metaphoric white eye liner really was:

Laminate Flooring

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Check-in time:

Tree Removal of 120 ft Cottonwoods 

New roof 

-Build new fence (in progress)

Paint ceiling & walls

Install flooring 

-Baseboards + board & batten (supplies purchased)

-**newly added to the list** build new banister (supplies purchased)

Counter top install (done but you haven’t seen it yet, unless you creep on Instagram)

-Back splash (supplies purchased… did you weigh in on the opinion-fest on Facebook?)

We are getting close to being done.  Our new furniture has been arriving.  We have all the rest of the materials purchased, so we are ready to buckle down and get it done!

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  • heather

    Love it!! And you have (or had) a phone…hanging on the wall…thats just crazy! 🙂

    • Kenz

      hahahaha right?! Comcast threw in a land line with our bundle for like $0.45 a month, so we went for it. How old fashioned can we get? I think we need some awesome vintage phone, don’t you?

  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    Oh my worrrrddd it looks SO GOOD. Like SO GOOD. I can see why that paint color had to happen. I’m dying to see it all together!

    • Kenz

      Thank you! Seriously, the floor and the paint are like bosom buddies to the max. Never were there 2 better of friends, haha.

  • Stephanie, Sandpaper and Glue

    oooooh gurlllll that looks dreamy :). Good to know on the installation kit, we’ll have to get one of those. Do you think I can do a whole floor with just a jigsaw, or do I need a circular saw as well?

    • Kenz

      We did the whole floor with a jig saw. It was just easier for us that way. We started with the table saw, and the circular saw, and just ended up using only the jig. We just traced with a level and a pencil where the cuts needed to be made, and followed the lines. It was as easy as can be.

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl Art

    WOW your space is really shaping up. That floor looks fabulous!! Love that you went with a lighter wood. Looks so good with the white cabinets too. Awesome!!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Katja! I’m loving the floor color. It keeps it really light and open. Everything is reflecting the light so beautifully. YAY!

  • Well done, you guys! Love the look of the same flooring throughout! You guys did a great job! (And what a score! You paid less than a dollar a sq ft? I must dig up that post!)

    Mama loves a deal (especially when it comes to renos!)

    • Kenz

      I live for bargains. This floor was straight from the discount gods. A blessing for which I am EXTREMELY thankful 🙂

  • Rebecca Crowder Cantwell

    Beautiful my girl!!! I even did the flooring at my mom’s… It was pretty simple but wow your house!!! Great job girl!!!

    • Kenz

      It is SO easy 🙂 See! You know all about it. And thank you! We are SO excited to have things coming together.

  • Cassie Bustamante

    It looks amazing! We laid similar flooring when I was about 5 months prego, too… but lucky me my parents and husband insist they do all the work. I made them coffee and admired their hard work.

    • Kenz

      This is pretty much the ONLY thing I’ve helped with so far. I’ve been forced to watch most of the projects thus far. Most people would happily accept that, haha, but I just get SO frustrated because I want to get my hands dirty and help!

  • ghost feet! awesome. and so is your new floor!

    • Kenz

      hahaha, ghost feet! 🙂 Thanks Gretchen!

  • Julia @cuckoo4design

    Oh, me likey likey. I need flooring that costs less than a mounted microwave and it looks amazing.

    • Kenz

      It was seriously such an amazing deal from lumber liquidators. $0.49 a sq ft! You can’t beat that 🙂

      • Julia @cuckoo4design

        I will totally have to check it out. I’m a light floor kinda girl and want to replace the carpet in our upstairs rooms.

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    Whoa! Huge change! I love the color especially with the white cabinets!

    • Kenz

      Thanks! I was afraid it would be too many light things, but I’m loving it too!

  • Ben T. Ami

    I have read your post and you are describing very well about the laminate flooring. Thanks for the information. Keep It up

    • Kenz

      Thanks Ben!

  • Maggie Rust

    ZOMG you are too much. Bun in the ovs and still laying down flooring like a champ? Made me think of this: (sorry for the bad words)

    • Kenz

      hahahaha IT’S LIKE YOU KNOW MY SOUL! Um, This has literally always been my theme song. It definitely feels good to be a gangsta 😉

  • Christin Stoufflet

    So I was wondering if you are still in love with your floors? Also what type are they? We are looking to replace carpet in my studio and I want it done for as cheap as possible but it CANNOT look cheap. These look so great and it looks like thus have the same deal now. I need the DL. Thanks!

    • Kenz

      Hi Christin! These are Donnar Oak Laminate. We got them from lumber liquidators. They were VERY inexpensive. We love them. They have held up very well. Everyone who comes into our home compliments them. I don’t feel like they look cheap. They were very easy to install. I think it would be a great studio option. Good luck!!

  • Christin Stoufflet

    We are placing our order! Wish us luck!!

  • Guest

    What brand of flooring did you use?

    • kenz

      It was Lumber Liquidators’ store brand.

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  • Tim

    Have you seen this:
    I’ve purchased the same donar oak product you have and am trying to determine if it’s safe….

    • kenz

      Hi Tim, I actually did recently see this! It made me wonder as well. We actually don’t live in that house anymore, so the flooring isn’t so much a concern to me and my family. But I have wondered if their laminate is safe after hearing all of this. I’ve been following it to see how it plays out.