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How Much Laminate Do I Need For My Floor Area?

1. Measure the square area of your room in metres. To do this, multiply the length of the room by the width.

 2. Add 10% to the value to account for any wastage.

3. Check your measurements using our floor calculator.

Laying laminate by yourself is a surprisingly easy task, which is why this flooring solution is so popular. If you decide to opt for the DIY job, all you need is the appropriate tools and, of course, packs of laminate flooring. But how much laminate flooring is the right amount?

While you don’t want to waste money by purchasing excessive packs, you also don’t want to fall short half way through the installation. Therefore, you'll need to do some laminate floor measuring. To work out the appropriate amount of laminate for your floor area, just follow this handy guide.

Related: The Cost of Laminate Flooring

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Measure Your Room

First and foremost, you'll need to take laminate flooring measurements of the room before knowing how much you'll need. Use a tape measure to work out the length and width of your floor area and then multiply them together to work out the surface area. For example, if your room is 3 metres long and 4 metres wide, your surface area is 12 metres in total.

Use Our Floor Calculator

After you know your surface area, it’s very straightforward. When you browse any type of Laminate Flooring at Factory Direct Flooring, each product has a flooring calculator on their page. Simply enter the surface area in either metres or feet squared and our calculator will tell you how many packs you’ll need and how much it will cost you.

It even offers to add an extra 10% for wastage. While this may cost a little bit more, we highly recommend adding it just in case there are mishaps during the installation process.

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How To Install Laminate Flooring

After working out how much laminate flooring you’ll need, and ordering the desired finish, it’s time to take the first steps of the installation process. Prepare your sub-floor by ensuring it is clean and dry and has passed a moisture test. If not, allow your sub-floor at least 48 hours to acclimatise before installation.

Around this time, take your laminate out of its packaging and allow it to also acclimatise for at least 48 hours, so it doesn’t expand once installed and lead to any peaks or gaps. It’s recommended to install a Laminate Underlay prior to your laminate which will add insulation and a sound barrier for the room. Again, look at the dimensions of the underlay you’d like to use and ensure you have enough rolls to cover the width of your room. To install, underlay just needs to be simply taped together and at the seams.

Related: How to Install Laminate Floors

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Which Direction to Lay Laminate Flooring

Once your floor is prepared it’s time to lay your laminate. However, the direction in which you lay the laminate can actually alter how the room looks as a whole. Generally, laying your floor in the same direction as the light source of the room is the favoured direction. However, if your room is particularly narrow, then laying the floorboards across the room horizontally can help widen the room. Vice versa, if you want your room to look longer, laying your floorboards length ways can help.

Our laminate flooring simply clicks together thanks to their tongue and groove structure, so you needn’t mess around with adhesives. Simply click each panel together and remember to leave a 8-10mm gap around the perimeter of the room to allow an expansion gap and space for beading or skirting.

Finally install your beading or skirting using a hammer and nail or an adhesive. When purchasing beading or skirting, ensure the length will cover the whole perimeter of the room, again maybe add an extra pack for convenience.

That’s it! Enjoy your laminate flooring! If you need any more advice please call us on 0330 100 00 15.