Help With Laminate Layout

phil_vaApril 23, 2011

I'm planning a DIY laminate install and struggling with the layout and install order / direction. My goal is to lay the laminate as continuously as possible. However, the laminate we've chosen (a 12mm St. James from LL) requires a T-molding expansion joint for any width or length over 8 meters / 27 feet. So I know I'm going to need at least some joints, I just want as few as possible. I'm attaching a diagram of my floorplan and I'll try to hit all the high notes on specifics.

- Laminate goes in all the bedrooms, closets, and the hallway.

- The two bathrooms and the laundry rooms will not be laminated.

- Floor joists run north and south as depicted on the floorplan.

- The master bedroom door opening is a double door.

- The entry to the laundry room is a double folding door.

- All other doors are standard width.

- The laminate installs easiest from left to right.

Due to the length of the hallway, I know I'm going to need a joint at the entry to the girls' room. Do I NEED any others? Any others strongly suggested? Any suggestions for where to start the install to minimize frustration?

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I don't think the hallway would need a 'seam'...what do others think?

    Bookmark   April 24, 2011 at 9:23PM
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