How to Install Locking Floating Wood Flooring

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Floating wood flooring can provide you with a very durable floor that is very easy to install. As long as you are willing to do a little bit of work, there is no reason that you should not be able to install this type of flooring by yourself. Here are the basics of how to install locking floating wood flooring.


In order to determine how much wood flooring you will need, you need to measure the room first. Take your tape measure and get the two dimensions of the room. Multiply these dimensions together in order to get the square footage. Then add 10 percent to that number and this will tell you how much hardwood to buy.


You will then need to prepare the room for installation. Take your pry bar and use it to pull off the baseboards or quarter round around the outside of the room. Take up any carpet on the floor. If you have any other type of hard surface flooring, you should be able to go over the top.

Moisture Barrier

If you are on a concrete subfloor, you will have to install a moisture barrier. If you have a wood subfloor, you can skip this step. The moisture barrier is going to come in rolls that you can spread out over the floor. You can unroll these rolls and then tape the seams together. Run the moisture barrier up the wall about 1 to 2 inches.


You will then need to do the same thing with the padding. The pad comes in large rolls as well. Unroll them onto the floor and make sure that every part of it is covered. Tape the seams of the pad together so that there are no gaps.

Start Laying

You are going to want to start laying hardwood in a corner of the room. Lay the first board down on top of the pad. Place a wedge between the hardwood board and the wall on each side. This is going to allow enough room for expansion and contraction once the floor is installed. Take another board and stick it into the joint on the narrow side of the board up against the wall. Use another wedge in between that board and the wall. Keep doing this until you have made one vertical row going across the room.

Cutting Boards

When you get to the end of a row, you are going to need to make a cut. Take your tape measure to determine how big of a board you need. Use your saw to cut the board to fit. Place the board into place to finish the row.

Next Row

Take the small piece that was leftover and use it to start the next row. You will need to place that board right up against the first board from the first row. Use a tapping block and a rubber mallet to tap the board into the locking mechanism. Continue working vertically in rows until the floor is covered.


When the floor is covered, you can remove the wedges and put your baseboards back on.