It’s week 5 of the One Room Challenge which means only one week to go before the final reveal of my moody master bedroom makeover (Ack!!)
In case you missed it, you can click here to catch up on my progress from weeks 1 to 4.
I spent a lot of this week getting a leg work-out. In other words, doing floors. I must have done the equivalent of 1000 squats over the weekend between laying the floors, putting up baseboards and attaching quarter round. It took my legs 3 days to recover!
Having said that, I think this was the easiest floor installation I have ever done.
Prepping for the Floor
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I went with 6 1/2″ wide engineered dark wood flooring* with a floating installation (yay, no glue!).
Since I had removed the baseboards, carpet and underpadding last week, all I had to do before I got started was put down a moisture barrier (basically a sheet of plastic that goes over the concrete).
To make sure that the floors fit under the door frame, I cut the bottoms of the door frame using a frame saw.
And put in 1/2″ spacers (in other words, scrap pieces of wood) around the walls to make sure the floor has some expansion room.
Installing The Floating Wood Floor
Then it was on to installing the floor.
For the first row of boards, you need to cut off the click edge (the bit that would normally click into the next row of boards).
Fortunately, I have a flooring saw* which makes this really easy.
Set the saw up to cut the boards lengthwise at the correct width and run the floor board through the saw.
This saw is also very portable so I actually did the cutting right in the room…especially since I can hook it up to my favorite dust extractor* which reduces the amount of saw dust in the room. (Although, you always end up with some sawdust on the floor even with the vacuum but it’s a manageable amount.)
From there the flooring went down really quickly. Just click the boards together and go on to the next one.
The same flooring saw can be used for cutting boards crosswise as well.
Not having to leave the room to do that definitely made the project go faster!
This was my first time using such wide flooring boards (6 1/2″) and I think that really helps make things go faster as well…two rows and you have already covered more than a foot of linear floor space!
The other great thing about floating floors is there is no waiting period after they are installed before you can walk on them (like there is with glued floors…since my house is built on a concrete slab, gluing & floating are pretty much the only options I have for the main floor).
Which means I could immediately put the baseboards back up and install the quarter round.
I love the final result! I think the dark floors with the dark walls actually makes the room look bigger.