How To Install Floating Wood Floors

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.

Be sure to check out the rooms from the One Room Challenge featured participants as well as the makeover inspiration from all of the other guest participants.

Have comments or questions on how to install floating wood floors? Tell me in the section below.

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5 Responses

  • You and your mom are amazing! And I totally agree with why pay someone else for what you can do and probably better!

  • Hi Wanda,
    I know I’ve told you before and I’ll say it again, I love your taste! Your ideas and decorating are awesome! You often get inspiration from various sources but then bring it to another level, yours!
    Love this room. Purple is my fav color so it isnt a surprise. I do have a couple questions:
    1) The drapes; these must be custom. Did you have them made or pull out your sewing machine? They are simple, feminine and very much so out of the ordinary. Love them! I wonder what fabric(s) they are? They really work to tie the room together.
    2) You always surprise me in your handy woman skill and abilities? When and how did you learn so much? It isnt limited to any one type of trade and you aren’t afraid to research something if not quite sure how to go about it. I admire that.
    Anyway, thought I would applaud your work and eye for design while getting those questions out to you. Looking forward to the Big Reveal!

    • Thanks, Janie! My mother made the drapes for me. I’m lucky that she’s very good at sewing. It’s much less expensive than having them custom made 🙂 The purple part at the bottom of the drapes is velvet. I’m actually not sure what the white fabric is. It was a remnant I got on clearance at the fabric store.

      As for the handy woman skills, I think that came from my mother, too. She grew up on the farm where they did all of their own repairs (mostly because there wasn’t anyone else to do it). So she did a lot of the fix-it work around our house when I was growing up, and we were her helpers. Now it’s just second nature…and I’d rather spend the money I’d pay an installer on something else 🙂

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