Laminate flooring is a great addition to any kitchen. It is durable, water-resistant, and can elevate the aesthetic appeal of kitchen spaces. But the time will come when new laminate flooring will need to be installed, and you may not want to go through the costly process of hiring a contractor to do it for you.


In this article, we’ll cover how to start laying laminate flooring, as well as everything you’ll need to know about the process.


Step One: Have The Appropriate Tools


The first thing to prepare is all the tools that you’ll need to lay your laminate. There's no point getting halfway through the process of laying your flooring only to realise you don’t have the tools to finish the job.


To lay laminate flooring, you will need:


  • Hammer
  • Pencil
  • Tape Measure
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Utility Knife
  • Electric Sander
  • Drill Saw
  • Tin Snips
  • Blow Dryer
  • Wood Nails
  • Wood Screws
  • Wood Adhesive/Glue


Be sure to have a decent quantity of adhesive, nails, and screws. It is always better to have some spare rather than not having enough to finish the laying process.


Step Two: Prepare The Floor


If this is your first-time laying laminate flooring, it may not be initially obvious that you’ll need to remove existing flooring. Remove all flooring such as pre-existing carpets, laminate, or linoleum. 


If your floor consists of hardwood or tiles, then you’ll need to apply a layer of underlayment in preparation.


You’ll also need to remove all your appliances to ensure you can lay your laminate without obstruction.


Step Three: Prepare The Subflooring


After you have gotten rid of the old flooring, you’ll need to make sure that the subflooring is suitable for the new laminate. 


After removing the old flooring, use the vacuum cleaner and a broom to sweep and gather any debris. Ensuring the subflooring is free of debris is vital to laying laminate without having any defects or uneven surfaces.


Finally, if needed, uneven gaps or holes in the subflooring should be fixed using underlayment. To install underlayment, use your pencil to mark out how much you’ll need using your existing flooring. Then use your utility knife to cut the underlayment to size and attach the underlayment using adhesive or nails.


You can also use an electric sander to even out surfaces if needed.


Step Four: Lay And Secure The Laminate Flooring


You can install laminate using:

  • The diagonal method for large rooms.
  • The straight method for narrow or long rooms.
  • The Herringbone method for smaller areas such as bathrooms and closets.


Before laying any laminate, you’ll need to mark out where each piece of laminate is going to be placed. Firstly, lay down spacers to mark out the distance between where each piece will be laid. Be sure to use spacers of 24 inches in size along the walls of the kitchen, then measure and mark where each piece of laminate will go.


After the measuring process is complete, you are ready to install the laminate planks. Use a drill fitted with a 3/16” bit to drill holes through the subfloor and into the underlayment.


Now the subflooring is ready for the laminate planks to be fixed down using wood screws as well as a wood adhesive. When installing each plank, make sure the screws are tight. Also, ensure that if an adhesive is needed that the adhesive is applied appropriately, and any excess is removed from the surface of your new flooring.


It is also important to ensure that all your screws are countersunk and covered by wood filler. This will improve the overall look of the laminate flooring when laying is complete.


Allow your laminate flooring to dry and secure before moving in any appliances or furniture.


To Conclude


There are various kinds of laminate flooring, and installing laminate is a great way to install a durable, stylish floor for your kitchen. Just be sure to employ the help of a contractor if you have any doubts about laminate flooring installation.