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Old 10-05-14, 01:02 AM
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Help I'm confused !

I have a quick question about laying laminate flooring in my bedroom.

Room is approx 18m length by 6m width.

As sketch I am starting on top corner (arrow in blue)

The question I have is when I get to the last strip the last wall is of two different sizes (marked in red). How can I ensure that the last pieces of laminate I install will be wide enough? (I believe they should be at least half width of a laminate panel) obviously If I get one wall correct the other will more than likely be off? Confused !

 
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Old 10-05-14, 04:15 AM
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Welcome to the forums. It would help if you completed your profile. Knowing where you are located helps us zone in on specific help methods. As for your flooring, measure across the room. Figure the number of pieces it will take. If any fragments are left over, you can divide them between the first piece and last piece if necessary in order to have substantial piece at the end.
 
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Old 10-05-14, 08:57 AM
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Do as Chandler says, but sometimes no matter what, you may end up with a lager gap then expected on one or both walls. In that case you may consider going to a wider type of shoe molding to help hide gaps.
 
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Old 10-05-14, 09:36 AM
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I would say also do as chandler says. Measure room at short length and try your best to get workable pieces at both sides.
You could also start at door area and work your way towards back wall.
The last piece at wall often needs locking mechanism removed with a sharp chisel and glued (with tape) into place, as there is no way to lock in place.
 
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Old 10-05-14, 12:22 PM
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Dry fit individual boards across the full length of the room. Just single boards click locked to each other. This will tell you how close you are to the end wall. Measure the gap to the further wall and cut your starter row to that measurement. This should provide you a perfect fit and you will cut off the distance of the bump out from the final row. Should also based on your drawing provide sufficient material to do your transition at the doorway.

I would also remove any baseboard molding and use the drywall as the target. Your expansion gap will then fall well within the boundry of the moldings.

In that case you may consider going to a wider type of shoe molding to help hide gaps.
Personally I hate Quarter Round molding and refuse to use anything other than shoe. To me, quarter round screams of inexperience and a sloppy job. I usually get oak shoe and stain it to match the floor that is being installed.
 
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Old 10-05-14, 12:54 PM
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Personally I hate Quarter Round molding and refuse to use anything other than shoe. To me, quarter round screams of inexperience and a sloppy job. I usually get oak shoe and stain it to match the floor that is being installed.
I feel just the opposite. To me the quarter round gives it a smooth finished look and eliminates that sharp edge that collects dust and dirt that sometimes gets left behind. Also tends to protect other moldings from chair legs or furniture from getting so close to wall as to damage it or the wall.

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Old 10-05-14, 02:50 PM
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and refuse to use anything other than shoe
Norm- quarter round is fat and chunky. Shoe molding is what I use. You pic depicts neither, which I never said.
 
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Old 10-05-14, 03:13 PM
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Oops...Sorry, my confusion.
 
 

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