Can You Install Laminate Here???

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Can You Install Laminate Here???

I am trying to replace all the carpet and weird wood squares I have in my house (see pictures)

One are I have has two hall ways that meet into a room so it kind of forms a "Y"

I am trying to figure out how / what direction I would lay the laminate to accommodate this.

See pictures! Any ideas? I know I could run it left to right (from first picture) and then continue that into the hall way by cutting all the boards at an angle. Then my hall way will be at an angle too.

Anyone have any pictures or comments of similar installs - very visual person. Thanks!




Room that both hallways merge into, this room with the wood is the room you enter as you go into the house.



hall way to the left ^



Hall way to the right ^



Hall way to the right leads into the living room


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Flooring pictures by pimprackdaddy - Photobucket


Not sure if I can install laminate in this situation / if I can what will looks best. Should I use transitions, if so where, if not just cut the boards at an angle?

Thank you!!
 
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BlakMagic,

Welcome to the forums.

You will have to start, just like you are thinking, left to right in the first picture and continue that line thoughout, angle cutting the ends at the walls in the 2 hallways. From what I'm seeing in the pictures, the halls are the only areas that are angled (except for the one cabinet in the kitchen).
 
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Is the parquet all that damaged? I know it is dated, but unless it is in bad shape, it is classic, and can be refinished. I have it in my living and dining rooms, and although it dates back into the 70's, it is in great shape.
Like Mike said, determine the direction you want the laminate to run and lay it in a straight line. Forget you have the Y and cut angles to accommodate it. If you decide to change directions in a room, a transition would be in order.
Just an aside....cut your laminate from the back side. It sure lets your saw blade live a longer life. The coating on laminate will dull a blade really fast. The blade will be almost worthless once this job is done, so plan on it.
 
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Thanks for the replies and tips. Should be an adventure. I know how to get the carpet up, any ideas on this wood stuff I have? Is it glued?

I wasn't sure with going into the halls with angled laminate instead of the norm of it running lengthwise with the hall, on how that wsould look.

My only other thought would be to transition it and run it length wise. Once I pick up the laminate I may post some pictures of it dry fit a few different ways and get everyones opinion.

Also skipping the kitchen until I decide to do tile.

Thanks for the help!!

Anyone have any pictures of a hallway done with laminate not verticled or horizonta, but angled like mine will be.
 
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Ok here got the laminate and did a fake layout to see how I would put the laminate down.

I did this based on the advice I got, and there were a few other options.



In the above image you can see the general idea. Vertical planks as you come in the door. Vertical through the hall way. Cut them both at an angle where they meet and put a T-Mold, obviously not addressed in this photo, as I haven't made any cuts yet.

Then to the right hall way



Again, vertical layout until it would hit a T-Mold from the start of the kitchen laminate you can see in the photo, to the corner on the wall seen in the below photo:



So corner of kitchen, to corner of wall a T-Mold / change directions and go horizontally through my living room.

Living room photo:





What do you guys think of this lay out? How would the transitions be? Any other better ideas???

Also my last question ... baseboard!!!

As seen in:



Do I need to remove that? If so any TIPS.

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That layout would work, albeit pretty busy, but that just comes down to personal preference. You seem to want to keep the lines parallel with the walls (your preference) and I would go for the minimum number of transition strips -- run all of the laminate in one direction, square to the parquet (my preference).

Yes, you need to remove the baseboard, lay the laminate, then reinstall the baseboard ABOVE the flooring.
 
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